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Randy Hart
Randy Hart

Willoughby, Ohio

High School:
South High School

Last College:
Ohio State '70

Defensive Line Coach

20th Year at UW

Randy Hart has the longest tenure on the Washington staff as he begins his 20th season in 2007. Hart coaches Washington's defensive linemen.

Coaching Experience

School / Team
Ohio State (GA)
Tampa (AC)
Iowa State (AC)
Purdue (OC)
Ohio State (AC)
Washington (AC)

In his 19 seasons as the Husky defensive line coach, Hart has guided a number of notable players, including Lombardi and Outland winner Steve Emtman, the No. 1 overall pick in the 1992 NFL draft and a College Football Hall of Famer. In 2004, he coached senior defensive tackle Terry Johnson, who was a second-round pick by the Chicago Bears.

A disciple of Ohio State's legendary Woody Hayes, Hart helped to engineer Washington's dominating defenses that led the Huskies to three consecutive Rose Bowl appearances at the start of the 1990s. The 1991 unit allowed only 101 points and 1,191 rushing yards in 11 regular-season games. That unit still holds six Husky defensive records.

Also under Hart's tutelage were 1993 Morris Trophy winner D'Marco Farr, a member of the 2000 Super Bowl Champion St. Louis Rams, and NFLers Dennis Brown, David Richie, Tyrone Rodgers, Jamal Fountaine, Jason Chorak, Jabari Issa, Mac Tuiaea, Larry Tripplett and Terry Johnson. In 17 seasons, Hart has coached seven all-conference players, three winners of the Morris Trophy (given to the Pac-10's top defensive and offensive linemen) and two players - Chorak and Emtman - who earned Pac-10 Player of the Year honors.

Hart came to Washington after serving as the defensive line coach at Ohio State, his alma mater, from 1982 to 1987. The return to Columbus also marked the third time he served as an assistant under Earle Bruce. From 1977 to 1981 he was the defensive line coach at Purdue under head coach Jim Young. From 1973-76 Hart coached the defensive line for Bruce at Iowa State.

His first full-time coaching position was at the University of Tampa in 1972, where he was the offensive line coach under Bruce. He served as a graduate assistant at OSU in 1970-71.

Hart graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelor's degree in education in 1970 and earned a master's degree in higher education administration, also from Ohio State, in 1972. He earned three letters as a 6-2, 234-pound offensive guard on the Buckeye football team and played for the Ohio State team that beat USC, 27-16, in the 1969 Rose Bowl. That squad, which posted a perfect 10-0 record, was named the 1968 national champion. Hart was also a member of the Ohio State wrestling team for the 1966 season.

The first time Hart entered Husky Stadium was not as a Husky assistant coach. In 1969, his senior season, Hart was a member of the No. 1-ranked Buckeye squad that defeated Washington 41-14.

Hart's second trip to Husky Stadium came during the 1974 season as an assistant coach for Iowa State. The Huskies won that close matchup 31-28.

Hart, who was born March 9, 1948, in Cleveland, Ohio, lettered three times each in football, wrestling and track at South High in Willoughby, Ohio, served as the team captain, and earned league MVP in football.

Hart and his wife Linda have two sons, Jay and John. John graduated from UW in 2002 as a three-time varsity letterman on the Husky football team.

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