Northwestern Promotes Hardy

NU head coach Bill Carmody officially announced on Thursday morning that Tavaras Hardy has been promoted to Associate Head Coach on Northwestern's coaching staff.

"I am sincerely grateful to Coach Carmody for his continued guidance and trust, as I assist him in building Northwestern Basketball into a championship program," said Tavaras Hardy in a statement. "I would also like to thank Dr. Jim Phillips and the athletic administration for their efforts and support throughout this process. Northwestern University is home for me and my family. I had the pleasure of meeting my wife, Billee, during our time as students here and we have been personal witnesses to the tremendous opportunities NU offers to student-athletes. I am honored to accept the new leadership responsibilities that come with the role of associate head coach at my alma mater."

Hardy has served on Northwestern's bench for five full seasons. He has been a big factor in the program seeing unprecedented success during the past two seasons. NU has earned three-consecutive postseasons appearances, and won 57 games in the past three seasons. Hardy was a big part of that on the bench, and on the recruiting trails.

During his five seasons, Hardy has been one of the major figures in signing Jershon Cobb, Drew Crawford, John Shurna, and most recently, David Sobolewski, Tre Demps, and Mike Turner. He is also known as a mentor to these players when they arrive in the program.

"He has a tremendous ability to relate to young men through his own personal experiences as a student-athlete here at Northwestern," said Bill Carmody in a statement. "His work ethic and commitment have been vital in getting this program on the right track. Tavaras has a great passion for Northwestern Basketball and will be an outstanding head coach in the near future."

A 2002 Northwestern alum, Hardy joined the NU coaching staff for the 2006 season after serving as head coach of the Illinois Defenders for three seasons.

"Tavaras has proven to be a great asset in our men's basketball program creating a winning culture," said NU AD Jim Phillips in a statement. "He's a tireless worker and a terrific representative of Northwestern University who has a palpable passion for his job. I'm pleased that he has accepted this new leadership role within the program and I'm confident he'll continue to help the team excel, both on and off the court."

Northwestern still has one coaching position open after Mitch Henderson left the NU program to take a head coaching position at Princeton.

NU Athletic Communications contributed to this report.

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