Randy Hart to Receive 2016 Outstanding Achievement Award
Stanford University assistant coach Randy Hart is this year’s recipient of the AFCA Outstanding Achievement Award. The AFCA Board of Trustees created the Outstanding Achievement Award in order to recognize AFCA members, past and present, who have achieved outstanding success while coaching football.
“I would like to thank the AFCA, the Universities, the head coaches, staffs and players who have made this award possible,” said coach Hart. “I am a truly blessed and fortunate man.”
Hart graduated from Ohio State University in 1970 where he was a three-year letterwinner for the Buckeyes on the offensive line. Those three seasons at OSU included the 1969 Rose Bowl winning, national championship team under Woody Hayes. Hart started his coaching career immediately upon graduation at OSU in 1970, where he coached as a graduate assistant for two seasons before earning his Masters Degree in education in 1974. His first full-time coaching position came in 1972 as the offensive line coach for the University of Tampa Spartans under Earle Bruce.
Hart wouldn’t stay on the offensive side of the ball for long, though, as he made the switch to coaching the defensive line in 1973 when Bruce went to Iowa State University and brought Hart along with him. Hart has 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, Hart’s 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 Huskies’ greatest defensive lines in school history.
In 1991, Hart’s defensive line played a crucial role in a defense that ranked No. 2 in the nation. Holding teams to 108 yards per game on the ground, Hart’s 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 First-Team All-Pac-10 players at Washington, 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, Hart’s defensive line led the way for the nation’s leading rush defense, holding teams to 84 yards per 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 Hart’s 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.
Past Outstanding Achievement Award winners include: Tim Marcum, Tampa Bay Storm (2003); Joe Moore, University of Pittsburgh, Temple University, University of Notre Dame (2005); Homer Smith, Davidson College, Pacific University, U.S. Military Academy (2006); Ted Kempski, University of Delaware (2007); Ken Donahue, University of Alabama, University of Tennessee, University of Memphis, Mississippi State University (2008); Roland Christensen, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Winona State University (2009); Bill Hickey, University of Notre Dame, Coast Guard Academy, Swarthmore College and Princeton University (2012); Joe Kines, Jacksonville State University, Clemson University, University of Florida, University of Alabama, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, University of Arkansas, University of Georgia, Florida State University, Texas A&M University (2013); Woody McCorvey, University of South Carolina, University of Tennessee, University of Alabama, Mississippi State University, Clemson University (2014); and Mike Terwilliger, East Stroudsburg University (2015).