Eastern Has a Coach with Hart

Only a matter of time before he is an assistant at U of M.

Former U-M running back Mike Hart follows heart, takes ‘grunt’ job with Eastern

Angelique S. Chengelis/ The Detroit News

Mike Hart’s new title might take some getting used to.

Hart, Michigan’s career leading rusher and a former tri-captain, has moved on from a three-year NFL career with the Indianapolis Colts and now is a quality control coach on Ron English’s staff at Eastern Michigan.

Being a college head football coach has always been Hart’s goal.

“‘Coach Hart! Coach Hart!’” Hart said, chuckling. “Every time the players say that, I just laugh to myself. It’s weird.”

Less than two weeks into the job, Hart said he feels at home, and not just because he’s a few miles away from Ann Arbor, where he spent his college years.

“I love it, and I have a lot more fun coaching in camp than playing in camp,” Hart said, laughing. “Camp is camp. It’s a grind for the coaches, it’s a grind on the players, but my body isn’t taking a beating. I just love working with young men and having an impact on them. I’m definitely having a lot of fun.”

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