Hardy Hired As New Bronco Coach

J.W. Hardy has got fans excited as the new Boise State track and cross country coach. He replaces Mike Maynard as the head man for the Broncos. Hardy brings experience in the distance events unseen before in Boise.

Boise State has hired J.W. Hardy as the man to guide the Broncos to the next level of the national track and field scene,  Athletic Director Gene Bleymaier announced Friday afternoon.

Hardy will replace Mike Maynard, who stepped down to go to UCLA.  Hardy, the head track and field coach and director of cross country at Northern Arizona , comes to Boise State with excellent credentials.

Last season, Hardy's NAU team was sixth in the nation at the NCAA Championships while the women finished 23rd.  Northern Arizona was just ahead of  teams like BYU, Alabama and Oklahoma State .  UCLA was 25th.  The Lumberjack women finished just ahead of Iowa and Nebraska .  Neither of the Boise State teams finished in the Top 25.  Hardy has led his team to three other Top 10 finishes—in 2007, his men's and women's teams finished fourth and seventh respectively and his 2006 women's team was 10th.

Hardy has led his team to 16 Big Sky Conference Championships.  His student-athletes have earned 18 All-American awards, 107 Big Sky Conference individual championships, have set 22 school records and seven Big Sky records in the last five years.  In addition, his student-athletes have received over 60 All-Big Sky academic awards with his program averaging a 3.0 grade-point average.

"I'm very excited about the opportunity to work with the student-athletes at Boise State and look forward to the challenge of moving the program to an even higher standard of excellence," Hardy stated.  "I want to thank the administration at Northern Arizona for providing me the opportunity to grow as a coach, which has made this new opportunity at Boise State possible."

 Coach Maynard built Boise State into a national power in track and field.  Coach Hardy begins work Monday to take the program even higher.

Welcome to Boise , Coach Hardy!

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