Hart Named D-Line Coach


February 21, 2009

Randy Hart Named Notre Dame Defensive Line Coach

39-year coaching veteran completes 2009 Irish football coaching staff

NOTRE DAME, Ind. Randy Hart, defensive line coach the past 21 seasons at

the University of Washington, has been named to the same post at the

University of Notre Dame, Irish head football coach Charlie Weis announced


“I’m thrilled to add someone with the resume and personality of Randy Hart

to our coaching staff, Weis said. As I discussed last week, there were

certain attributes and qualities I was looking for in this hire. First and

foremost, he had to have great chemistry with Jon (Tenuta, defensive

coordinator) and Corwin (Brown, associate head coach). Second, we wanted

someone that was a high-energy coach that could develop our young defensive

line. Lastly, I was looking for a coach that would serve as a great mentor

to (defensive graduate assistant coach) Bryant Young.

“With Randy joining our program we have added a veteran coach of great

character and knowledge that truly completes our coaching staff. I welcome

Randy and Linda along with their sons to the Notre Dame family and look

forward to introducing him to our team soon.

A 39-year coaching veteran, Hart has coached at five other schools in his

career and returns to the Midwest where he coached for 17 of his first 18

years. Prior to Washington (1988-2008), Hart coached at Ohio State (1970-71,

1982-87), Purdue, (1977-81), Iowa State (1973-76) and Tampa (1972).

“Im excited to come to Notre Dame and be part of such a storied and

tradition-rich university,” said Hart. I look forward to working with Coach

Weis, the entire football staff, and our team of young men to perpetuate a

great defense, a great team, and winning football games.”

Hart has been part of 22 bowl teams in his coaching career, including six

Rose Bowls. At Washington he helped guide the Huskies to 12 bowl

appearances, including three-straight Rose Bowl games. His 1991 defensive

unit allowed only 101 points and 1,191 rushing yards in 11 regular season

games en route to winning the schools first national championship. That

unit still holds six Washington defensive team records.

Three times during Hart’s tenure, Washington allowed fewer than 100 rushing

yards per game, including 1990 and 1991 when the Huskies permitted 66.8

yards and 67.1 yards rushing, respectively. Prior to Harts arrival,

Washingtons football team had allowed fewer than 100 rushing yards per game

in a season only four times in the 51-year history of the program.

Four of the eight-best single-season defensive rushing averages in school

history occurred under Harts watch, and six times the Huskies allowed 120.2

rushing yards or less in a season. The 1990 defense owns the school record

for fewest rushing yards allowed in an 11-game season (735 yards), while the

2002 unit permitted 1,270 rushing yards to set the standard for a 13-game


With the Huskies, Hart coached 14 first-team all-Pacific-10 players and 11

of his players were selected in NFL drafts. Hart developed four

All-Americans, three winners of the Morris Trophy (awarded to the Pac-10s

top offensive or defensive lineman) and two players who were named Pac-10

Player of the Year.

Hart’s prized pupil was Steve Emtman, the 1991 recipient of the Lombardi

Award and Outland Trophy. Emtman was a first-team All-American, two-time

winner of the Morris Trophy and the first overall selection in the 1992 NFL

draft by the Indianapolis Colts. In 2007, Emtman was inducted into the

College Football Hall of Fame.

As a standout defensive tackle for Hart, Emtman became the most decorated

defensive player in Husky history. He anchored a defense in 1991 that

allowed just 67.1 rushing yards and 9.2 points per game. Emtman finished

fourth in Heisman Trophy balloting that year after registering 62 tackles

including 20.5 tackles for loss.

D’Marco Farr also was a member of the 1991 national championship team and

became the top defensive player in the Pac-10 under Harts guidance in 1992

and 1993. He was the recipient of the Morris Trophy in 1993 when he totaled

66 tackles and 19 tackles for loss.

Hart produced the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year in 1996 when Jason

Chorak paced the conference with a school-record 14.5 sacks and 22 tackles

for loss. He was named first-team All-America that season and followed that

by being placed on the All-America second team in 1997. Chorak finished his

career as the schools all-time leader with 61.5 tackles for loss and ranked

third with 25.5 career sacks.

Several other players for Hart enjoyed NFL careers, including Dennis Brown,

David Richie, Tyrone Rodgers, Jamal Fountain, Jabari Issa, Mac Tuiaea, Larry

Tripplett and Terry “Tank” Johnson. As the Huskies’ defensive coordinator

from 1995-98, Hart also helped develop future second-round draft picks

Lawyer Milloy and Tony Parrish.

Prior to his tenure at Washington, Hart was the defensive line coach at Ohio

State, his alma mater, from 1982-87. His return to Columbus marked his

second coaching stint with the Buckeyes and the third time he coached under

Earle Bruce. Hart went to five bowl games in his six years at Ohio State,

including the 1983 Fiesta Bowl, 1985 Rose Bowl and 1987 Cotton Bowl.

Hart coached the defensive line at Purdue from 1977-81 under head coach Jim

Young and broke into the coaching industry with his first full-time job at

the University of Tampa in 1972 under Bruce. Hart served as the offensive

line coach in his only season at Tampa before following Bruce to Iowa State

where he switched sides and started his defensive line coaching career with

the Cyclones from 1973-76. He worked as a graduate assistant, focusing on

the offensive line, with Ohio State in 1970-71.

Hart was a three-time letterwinner for the Ohio State football team as a

6-2, 234-pound offensive guard. He was a member of the 1969 Rose Bowl

championship team that defeated USC 27-16, to cap a perfect 10-0 season en

route to being named national champion. Hart was also a member of the Ohio

State wrestling team for the 1966 season.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Hart was born March 9, 1948, and graduated from

South High School in Willoughby, Ohio. He earned his bachelors degree in

education from Ohio State in 1970 and a masters degree in education in

1974, also from Ohio State. Hart and his wife Linda have two sons, Jay and

John. John was a three-time letterwinner on the Washington football team and

graduated in 2002.

Hart replaces Jappy Oliver who resigned in January to pursue other



Year School Assignment

1970-71 Ohio State Graduate Assistant

1972 Tampa Offensive Line

1973-76 Iowa State Defensive Line

1977-80 Purdue Defensive Line

1981 Purdue Defensive Line/Administrative Asst. to

Head Coach

1982-87 Ohio State Defensive Line

1988-94 Washington Defensive Line

1995-98 Washington Assistant Head Coach/Defensive

Coordinator/Defensive Line

1999-2008 Washington Defensive Line

2009 Notre Dame Defensive Line


Brian Hardin

Director of Football Media Relations

University of Notre Dame

112 Joyce Center

Notre Dame, IN 46556

Office – 574.631.9471

Cell – 574.532.4134


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