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2016 Tony Gasparovich Award
Randy Hart Honored with 2016 Tony Gasparovich
our 2016 Scholar-Athlete Awards Banquet, retired collegiate coach Randy Hart was honored with the Tony Gasparovich
Randy Hart graduated from Ohio State in 1970 where he was a three-year letter winner for the Buckeyes on the offensive line. Those
three seasons at Ohio State included winning the 1969 Rose Bowl
and national championship under Woody Hayes.
Hart started his coaching career immediately upon graduation at
Ohio State in 1970, where he coached as a graduate assistant for
two seasons before earning his master’s degree in education in
1974. His first full-time coaching position came in 1972 as the offensive line coach for the University of Tampa under Earle Bruce.
Hart would not stay on the offensive side of the ball for long, as
he made the switch to coaching the defensive line in 1973 when
Bruce went to Iowa State and brought Hart along with him. Hart
coached defense ever since.
In 1977, Hart went to Purdue as defensive line coach and spent five seasons with the
Boilermakers before he was called back to his alma mater by his old coach, Earle
Bruce, in 1982. Under Bruce, Hartís defensive line helped keep the Buckeyes on a winning edge that included two Big 10 championships, two top-10 finishes in the polls and
four bowl wins, including a Cotton Bowl victory over Texas A&M.
Hart joined the Washington staff in 1988 and would soon be coaching some of the Huskiesí greatest defensive lines in school history.
In 1991, Hartís defensive line played a crucial role in a
defense that ranked second in the nation. Holding teams
to 108 yards/game on the ground, Hartís line was in the
trenches, helping Washington win its first national title
in program history. That line featured Steve Emtman,
future No. 1 overall NFL draft pick and winner of the
Lombardi and Outland trophies.
Hart coached 14 All-Pac-10 first team players at Wash-ington, 11 future NFL players, four All-Americans, three winners of the Morris Trophy
and two Pac-10 players of the year.
Hart would stay with Washington until 2008, then spend a season with Notre Dame
before moving on to Stanford in 2010.
With the Cardinal, Hartís defensive line led the way for the nationís leading rush de-fense, holding teams to 84 yards/game in 2011. In 2012, Stanford led the NCAA and set
a school record for sacks, and led the Pac-12 in scoring defense, total defense, rushing
defense, sacks and tackles for loss. Ten of Hartís linemen were selected for All-Pac-12
honors, with three first-team selections. He was named the 2012 FootballScoop.com
Defensive Line Coach of the Year. Hart helped guide Stanford to three Rose Bowls until
his retirement after the 2015 season.
As a player at Ohio State and as a coach at Ohio State, Washington and Stanford, Hart
was a part of 10 Rose Bowls.