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Randy Hart
Position: Defensive Line
Alma Mater: Ohio State '70
Experience: 5 Years
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One of the most respected coaches in the collegiate ranks, Randy Hart is in his fourth season on the Stanford staff as defensive line coach. The 2013 season marks Hart’s 44th 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 25 bowl teams in his coaching career, including eight Rose Bowl squads. His most recent New Year’s Day in Pasadena produced Stanford’s 2013 Rose Bowl title.

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).

Ben Gardner and Henry 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 ranked either first or second in the conference in six defensive categories, including rushing defense (1st - 84.4), third-down conversion defense (1st - 31.1), scoring defense (2nd - 21.9), total defense (2nd - 337.6), sacks/game (2nd - 3.00) and opponent first downs (2nd - 17.5).

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 allowed only 101 points and 1,191 rushing yards in 11 regular season games en route to winning the school’s 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.

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
Year 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-current     Stanford Defensive Line