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Randy Hart
Position: Defensive Line
Alma Mater: Ohio State '70
Experience: 6 Years
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One of the most respected coaches in the collegiate ranks, Randy Hart is in his sixth season on the Stanford staff as defensive line coach in 2015. This season marks Hart’s 46th as a collegiate coach, with stops at six other schools including Tampa, Iowa State, Purdue, Ohio State, Washington and Notre Dame.

Hart has been a member of 27 bowl teams in his coaching career, including nine Rose Bowl squads.

Hart coached two players to All-Pac-12 honors in 2014. Fifth-year senior Henry Anderson was named to the first team with team highs of 8.5 sacks and 15 tackles for loss, and former walk-on David Parry earned honorable mention honors.

Under Hart’s watch in 2014, the Cardinal defense ranked third nationally in total defense and was seventh in the country in rushing defense. The defensive line played a significant role in Stanford’s squad finishing in the top-10 in the nation in sacks for a third consecutive season and top-12 nationally for the fifth consecutive season.

In 2013, Hart coached three players to All-Pac-12 honors, including fifth-year senior Ben Gardner who was named to the first team despite missing the second half of the season with an injury. Gardner was selected in the seventh round of the NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys.

Under Hart’s watch in 2013, the Cardinal defense ranked 14th nationally in total defense and was third in the country in rushing defense. The defensive line played a significant role in Stanford’s squad leading the nation in sacks for a second consecutive season.

Hart had a hand in Stanford’s NCAA-best and school-record 57 sacks in 2012. The Cardinal led the Pac-12 in scoring defense (17.21), total defense (336.21), rushing defense (97.0), sacks (4.07) and tackles for loss (9.00).

Gardner and Anderson both earned 2012 All-Pac-12 second team honors, each ranking among the top-15 in the conference and top-75 nationally in tackles for loss.

Hart was named the 2012 Defensive Line Coach of the Year.

Under Hart’s tutelage, the defensive line as played a key role in the turnaround of Stanford’s defensive fortunes. In 2011, the Cardinal led the nation in rushing defense (84.4).

During his 21-year tenure as the defensive line coach at Washington, Hart helped guide the Huskies to 12 bowl appearances, including three straight Rose Bowl trips from 1991-93. His 1991 Husky defensive unit helped the school win its first national championship.

Hart coached 14 first-team All-Pac-10 Conference players while at Washington, and 11 of his players were selected in the NFL Draft. Hart developed four All-Americans, three winners of the Morris Trophy (awarded to the conference’s top lineman) and two players of the year.

Recruiting Areas
California (East Bay, NorCal), Michigan, Ohio, Oregon, Washington

One of his prized pupils at Washington was All-America Steve Emtman, who was the recipient of the 1991 Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy. In 2007, Emtman was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Hart’s first full-time coaching job was at the University of Tampa in 1972 under head coach Earle Bruce.

A three-year football letterwinner, Hart was a member of Ohio State’s 1969 Rose Bowl and national championship team that finished 10-0. Hart was also a member of the Buckeye wrestling team in 1966.

The native of Cleveland, Ohio, graduated from South High School in Willoughby, Ohio. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Ohio State.

Randy and his wife, Linda, have two sons, Jay and John. John was a three-time football letterwinner at Washington and graduated in 2002.


The Hart File

Season Program Position
1970-71 Ohio State Graduate Assistant
1972 Tampa Offensive Line
1973-76 Iowa State Defensive Line
1977-81 Purdue Defensive Line
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
2010-15 Stanford Defensive Line