After a brief retirement, in 2013, Coach Hart took on a new challenge and started coaching at Roxbury Community College.
At Northeastern, Hart has led the women’s squad since 1988-89 and transformed the team into a perennial conference and New England power. The program was ranked 20th in New England when he arrived on the scene, and three years later the team won its first America East title. In America East indoor meets from 1990-2005, the women’s team won indoor titles in 1993, ’94, ’95, ’96, ’98, 2003, ’04 and ’05. In outdoor championships from 1989-2005, NU’s women’s track & field team was champion in 1991, ’92, ’94, ’95, ’96, ’97, ’98, ’99, 2002, ’03, ’04 and ’05. In addition to the conference titles, the team has been a force on the New England stage, capturing indoor championships in 1996, ’97, ’99 and 2003, while taking outdoor titles in 1996 and ’99. Hart was named America East Coach of the Year a total of 11 times, five indoor and six outdoor. In 2002, the award was changed to “Coaching Staff of the Year” and his staff swept both the indoor and outdoor awards in 2003, ’04 and ’05.
Hart was named women’s District I Div. I Coach of the Year for the fourth time during the indoor 2002-03 season. He was also named District I Div. I indoor and outdoor Coach of the Year from 1994-97. Under Hart, Husky athletes have been named All-America 12 times, All-East over 100 times and have won countless conference and New England titles.
Northeastern’s men’s program has continually improved under Hart since he became its leader during the 1998-99 season. During the 2000 indoor season, just a year after Hart started coaching the men, the team won its first America East Championship since 1996. He added indoor and outdoor conference titles in 2001 and won both again in 2002. After a run of second and third-place finishes, Hart got his team back to the top with a win at the 2004 America East outdoor title meet and the team continued its success by defeating favorite Albany for the 2005 indoor title. Hart won conference Coach of the Year honors for indoor track in 2000 and 2001 and his staff won “Coaching Staff of the Year” honors in 2002, ’04 and ’05. The team won the New England Outdoor Championship in 2002. Northeastern began competing in the highly-competitive Colonial Athletic Association in 2006 and has a pair of fourth-place finishes and one fifth-place showing in three meets.
Northeastern has been a regional track & field power for decades but in the past several seasons, the Huskies have broken new ground at the national level. Under Hart’s watch, 10 Huskies have competed in NCAA championships a total of 24 times between them since 2002. Most recently, Hunter earned All-America status in both indoor and outdoor shot put competition. Hunter cleared 61’4.75 for seventh at the 2008 NCAA Indoor Championship and followed it with an eighth-place performance of 60’5.0 at the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Championship. Northover placed 10th in the shot put at the NCAA Championship in 2007, her fifth NCAA Championship appearance. She went on to compete for Jamaica in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
Before he came to Northeastern, Hart coached at UMass Boston and turned the program into a powerhouse on the national scene. The Beacons won four NCAA Div. III titles, were national runners-up 3 times and ECAC champions seven times. From 1985-88, Hart’s UMass Boston teams competed at the New England Championship against Div. I, II and III competition and never finished lower than third. He coached 85 Div. III All-Americans and earned NCAA Div. III National Coach of the Year four times while at UMass Boston. Hart was inducted to the UMass Boston Hall of Fame in 2006. All four of his NCAA champion teams have been inducted to the UMass Boston Hall of Fame as well as six of his former athletes.
Besides his work at the collegiate level, Hart founded the Boston International Track Club while he was an NU student in 1974 and has been director ever since. It was founded as a way for local youths to get involved in athletics. Hart also has extensive experience as a social worker in the Boston area.
Hart lettered in football at NU, graduating in 1974 with a degree in economics and humanities. He attended Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington D.C. where he participated in football and track. Archbishop Carroll was ranked as one of the top HS football program in the country late 60’s and early 70’s.