Mike Hart joins the Michigan Staff as Running Backs Coach
// Dave Process, Chad Shepard
ANN ARBOR, me. – J. Ira and Nicki Harris family head football coach Jim Harbaugh announced Wednesday (January 13) the hiring of the former Wolverine running back Mike Hart as the program’s recurring mentor. Hart’s leading rusher in Michigan football history has been a running back coach at Indiana University for the past four seasons (2017-20). He was promoted to head coach in 2020 after serving as Hoosiers’ assistant coach for the 201
“I’m excited about the addition of Mike Hart to our offensive coaching staff,” Harbaugh said. “Mike is a great coach and Michigan man who has shown the ability to develop and elevate the performance of the running backs he has mentored. We look forward to welcoming Mike, Monique and their children to the Michigan Football family.”
“Michigan has always had a special place in my heart,” Hart said. “It is a place that has always believed in me and a place that I have always believed in. I’m excited to be a part of it Jim Harbaugh and Michigan employees and can not wait to get to work with a talented backlog group. “
In his ten seasons as coach, Hart has taught four 1,000-yard rushers, two Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year receivers and 2014 MAC offensive player of the year, Jarvion Franklin.
As a member of the Indiana coaching staff, Hart was a 2018 Broyles Award nominee and received recognition as a Top 25 recruiter by Rivals.com for his work with the 2019 signing class.
Hart has been instrumental in the development of Indiana’s running game, where the program got 1,888 yards and 17 rushing touchdowns in 2018. IU followed up producing 1,695 yards and 24 TDs in 2019. Hoosiers got 869 yards and scored 12 TDs under the abbreviated 2020 campaign.
Hart developed Stevie Scott to become an all-conference performer with the tailback-earning second team All-Big Ten awards the last two seasons (2019-20) after garnering honorable mention as a rookie. Scott set Indiana’s true novice rushing record with 1,137 yards on 228 attempts and 10 rushing touchdowns in 2018. He had six 100-yard rushing games as a freshman and became the 19th Hoosier to reach the 1000-yard rushing mark.
In 2020, Scott got 561 rushing yards and scored 10 touchdowns in eight competitions. He became the 14th Hoosier to run back to surpass 2,000 career yards (2,543 yards) and is currently fourth in IU history with 30 rushing TDs.
Hart returned to his home state as a running back coach at Syracuse University in the 2016 season before accepting running back position at Indiana.
He spent two seasons at Kalamazoo (2014-15) and helped Western Michigan get consecutive bowling for the first time in school history in the Bahamas Bowl 2015 and the famous Idaho Potato Bowl in 2014. Hart trained a pair of Broncos’ running backs for the MAC Freshman of the Year honors after 1,000 yard rushing seasons. Jamauri Bogan rushed to 1,051 yards and finished second in the league with 16 TDs in 2015. Jarvion Franklin scored 1,551 yards, the second-highest total of a rookie, setting WMU single-season records for points (150) and rushing TDs ( 24) in 2014. Franklin was also named MAC Offensive Player of the Year and received USA Today Freshman All-American honors.
Hart began his coaching career in Eastern Michigan and served as an offensive quality control coach in the 2011 season before being promoted to running back coach in the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Under Hart’s guidance, the 2013 game came up to 1,896 yards after receiving 1,960 yards in 2012 Bronson Hill darkened the 1,000-yard mark in 2013 to finish 31st nationally and earn third-country All-MAC honors.
Hart was a four-year starter by running back to Wolverines (2004-07) and set the school record with 5,040 yards on 1,015 carries and 41 rushing touchdowns. He holds the Michigan record with 28 career 100-yard rushing games, and his 117.2 rushing yards per game. Competition is tops in the school’s history. As a receiver, Hart added 67 receptions in 566 yards and scored two TDs.
A two-time Doak Walker Award finalist, Hart finished fifth in the 2006 Heisman Trophy poll. He was a three-time All-Big Ten first team pick and was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2004. Hart shared the Bo Schembechler Most Valuable Player Award in 2006 and received the honor again in 2007.
After graduating from Michigan in 2009, Hart was selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played three seasons for the Colts, primarily in a backup role, carrying the ball 71 times for 264 yards and two TDs in 21 games. He was a member of the Colts’ Super Bowl XLIV winning team and had two wins in the win against the Chicago Bears.
A resident of Syracuse, NY, Hart attended Onondaga Central High School. He set the national career record in high school with 204 rushing touchdowns and finished in second place with 11,045 rushing yards. Onondaga Central set a 46-1 record and won three state championships during Hart’s career.
Hart and his wife, Monique, have three children.