One of the best athletes to ever play high school football in Central New York is coming home. Former Onondaga Central star running back Mike Hart has agreed to become the running backs coach at Syracuse, multiple sources told Scout. The news was first reported by Sports Illustrated.
Hart comes to Syracuse after spending the last two seasons at Western Michigan, where he held the same position. Prior to that, he was the running backs coach at Eastern Illinois for two years.
That came after three seasons in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts. He played in the Super Bowl after the 2009 season with the Colts, where they lost to the New Orleans Saints. Hart had two carries in the game.
His professional career comes after becoming the all-time leading rusher in Michigan Wolverines' history with 5,040 yards from 2004-2007. He also finished third in school history in rushing touchdowns with 41.
Syracuse's coaching staff continues to fill up. There is one slot left to fill out the staff with eight spots taken as follows:
Sean Lewis: Co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks
Mike Lynch: Co-offensive coordiantor/offensive line
Mike Hart: Running backs
Kim McCloud: Wide receivers
Briand Ward: Defensive coordinator
Vinson Reynolds: Defensive line
Tom Kaufman: Linebackers
Nick Monroe: Secondary