And so, at long last, Mike Hart will indeed be a part of the Syracuse University football program. Years after the Onondaga Central superstar left Central New York for the Big House in Ann Arbor, the all-time leading rusher in Michigan Wolverines history will be heading to Syracuse to become the running backs coach under Dino Babers, as reported by Sports Illustrated’s Thayer Evans.
Western Michigan RBs coach Mike Hart has accepted same position under Syracuse coach Dino Babers per source. https://t.co/xrGF2gt36T
— Thayer Evans (@ThayerEvansTLA) January 5, 2016
After setting record after record at Onondaga Central, Hart went on to star at Michigan, where he rushed for a program record 5,040 yards in his career with the Wolverines. He went on to play for the Indianapolis Colts for a short, injury-riddled time, before moving on to coaching. Prior to joining PJ Fleck’s staff at Western Michigan, Hart served as a quality control assistant at Eastern Michigan and then became EMU’s running backs coach for a season, before joining the Broncos for each of the past two years. He’s the second Western Michigan coach to jump aboard the Babers Express in the past 24 hours, joining defensive line coach Vinson Reynolds.
In his first season at Western Michigan, he coached freshman running back Jarvion Franklin to MAC Freshman of the Year, MAC Offensive Player of the Year, and Freshman All-America honors. Hart replaces Chris Beatty, who briefly joined the staff after coming over from Virginia, before Beatty flipped to Maryland earlier this week.
Over the course of his incredible career at Onondaga Central, Hart rushed for more than 11,000 yards, good for second most in national history, and set the national high school football record with 204 career touchdowns.