Hart Expected To Be Hired To Coach D-Line

Irish Eyes has learned that longtime Washington assistant coach Randy Hart is expected to be hired to coach Notre Dame's defensive line in 2009. Hart is an Ohio State graduate who coached in Seattle for 21 years.

The 2009 Notre Dame football coaching staff is just about to be complete.

Irish Eyes has learned from a solid source that Charlie Weis is expected to hire longtime Washington assistant Randy Hart as the school's new defensive line coach.

Notre Dame's Sports Information Department was not immediately available for comment.

Hart will replace Jappy Oliver who resigned last month in order to pursue other opportunities. The only piece of the staff missing from Notre Dame's Friday news conference was the defensive line coach.

On Friday, Weis said he wanted to be certain that the new defensive line coach would be a good fit on a defensive staff that already has Corwin Brown as Associate Head Coach/co-Defensive Coordinator and Defensive Coordinator Jon Tenuta.

"You have two coordinator types already on the defensive staff in Corwin and Jon," Weis said. "First of all, he's got to have chemistry with Jon. Second of all, he has to have chemistry with Corwin. Third of all, he has to have chemistry with Bryant Young."

Weis sees Young as a future defensive line coach and wants his new defensive line coach to groom Young for that role. Hart, 60, certainly fits the bill.

Hart was the defensive line coach at Washington for 21 years and saw everything from a 12-0 National Championship season in 1991 to this past year's 0-12 season that resulted in the firing of head coach Tyrone Willingham.

Hart had survived four head coaching changes in his tenure at Washington, but was unable to outlast a fifth as new head coach Steve Sarkisian decided to release the second-longest tenured coach in school history.

Hart earned three letters as an offensive guard for Ohio State from 1966-1968, serving as team captain for the 1968 National Championship squad.

After his playing career ended, Hart served as a graduate assistant at his alma mater in 1970 and 1971. His first full-time coaching job came as offensive line coach at the University of Tampa under Earle Bruce in 1972.

Hart followed Bruce to Iowa State where he served as defensive line coach from 1973-76. From 1977-81 he worked as Purdue's defensive line coach before reconnecting with Bruce in Columbus where he worked as the Buckeyes' defensive line coach from 1982-87.

Hart's first year in Seattle as defensive line coach was in 1988 and he remained there until December when Sarkisian was hired. He coached in 14 bowl games with Washington, including four Rose Bowls and is known as a demanding coach whose players tend to appreciate his value more with time.

Hart coached a host of players who went on to play in the NFL, including Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award winner Steve Emtman, who was the top pick in the 1992 NFL Draft.

Hart and his wife Linda have two sons, Jay and John. John won three letters in football at Washington before graduating in 2002.

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