Hart Officially Named D-Line Coach

Notre Dame announced today that it has hired Randy Hart as the school's defensive line coach. Irish Eyes was first to report Hart as the likely hire to replace Jappy Oliver, but it was not made official by the school until today.

Now the 2009 Notre Dame football coaching staff is complete.

As reported first by Irish Eyes last week, Charlie Weis has hired longtime Washington assistant Randy Hart as the school's new defensive line coach.

"I'm thrilled to add someone with the resume and personality of Randy Hart to our coaching staff," Weis said. "As I discussed last week, there were certain attributes and qualities I was looking for in this hire. First and foremost, he had to have great chemistry with Jon (Tenuta, defensive coordinator) and Corwin (Brown, associate head coach). Second, we wanted someone that was a high-energy coach that could develop our young defensive line. Lastly, I was looking for a coach that would serve as a great mentor to (defensive graduate assistant coach) Bryant Young.

"With Randy joining our program we have added a veteran coach of great character and knowledge that truly completes our coaching staff. I welcome Randy and Linda along with their sons to the Notre Dame family and look forward to introducing him to our team soon."

Hart replaces Jappy Oliver.

"I'm excited to come to Notre Dame and be part of such a storied and tradition-rich university," said Hart. "I look forward to working with Coach Weis, the entire football staff, and our team of young men to perpetuate a great defense, a great team, and winning football games."

Hart, 60, will serve as a mentor newly hired graduate assistant Bryant Young for a couple of years as Young is in his first year of coaching.

Hart was the defensive line coach at Washington for 21 years and was part of a 12-0 National Championship season in 1991 and this past year's winless season that ended with Tyrone Willingham's firing.

Hart coached under five head coaches during his tenure in Seattle, but was not offered a job to work with a sixth when new head coach Steve Sarkisian decided to release him.

Hart's Washington run began as defensive line coach was in 1988 and he remained there until December when Sarkisian was hired. While at Washington, Hart coached in four Rose Bowls and 14 total bowl games 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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