It’s official: Mike Hart is the new running backs coach at Indiana University.
Indiana coach Tom Allen made the announcement Friday morning after it was widely reported Thursday that the former Michigan star was headed to Bloomington.
— Indiana Football (@HoosierFootball) March 3, 2017
This will be Hart’s fourth stop as a running backs coach after stints with Eastern Michigan (2011-2013), Western Michigan (2014-2015) and Syracuse (2016). He will take over a stable of running backs that includes Tyler Natee, Mike Majette and Devonte Williams, but will have to replace the production of leading rusher Devine Redding, who declared early for the NFL Draft.
“We are very excited to welcome Mike Hart to our staff,” Allen said. “He was a tremendous player in the Big Ten, played with the Colts and has an impressive reputation in this part of the country. I love the way he’s developed running backs and the level he has recruited as a coach. We are thrilled to have him as a part of our family.”
As a coach in the Big Ten East, Hart will be seeing his alma mater once a year. He is Michigan’s all-time leading rusher, a two-time Doak Walker Award finalist and placed fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting during his junior year with the Wolverines.
Mike Hart’s Michigan statistics
- 2004: 1,455 rushing yards, 9 TDs
- 2005: 662 rushing yards, 4 TDs
- 2006: 1,562 rushing yards, 14 TDs
- 2007: 1,361 rushing yards, 14 TDs