Dave Hart

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Dave Hart
David R. Hart.jpg
Hart from The 1967 Owl, Pittsburgh yearbook
Biographical details
Bornc. 1925
DiedMarch 14, 2009 (aged 83)
Playing career
1950Saint Vincent
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1962–1963Kentucky (assistant)
1964–1965Navy (DB)
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1987–1991SoCon (commissioner)
Head coaching record

David R. Hart (c. 1925 – March 14, 2009) was an American football player, coach, and college athletics administrator. He served as the head football coach at the University of Pittsburgh from 1966 to 1968, compiling a record of 3–27. Hart was the athletic director at the University of Louisville from 1973 to 1978. He served in the same capacity at the University of Missouri from 1978 to 1986, before he was appointed as the commissioner of the Southern Conference.

Hart was a native of Connellsville, Pennsylvania. He coached high school football in Pennsylvania for 11 years before moving to the college ranks in 1962, when he became an assistant coach at the University of Kentucky. After two seasons at Kentucky, Hart moved to the United States Naval Academy, where he coached the defensive backfield in 1964 and 1965.[1] Hart died on March 14, 2009 at the age of 83.[2]

His son, Dave Hart Jr., was the Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics at the University of Tennessee. Before, he was the executive director of athletics at his alma mater, assisting Alabama athletic director Mal Moore. Previously he spent 12 years as Florida State's athletic director and at East Carolina University in the same role.[3]

His grandson, Rick Hart, is the athletic director at Southern Methodist University. Rick was previously athletic director at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.[4]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Pittsburgh Panthers (NCAA University Division independent) (1966–1968)
1966 Pittsburgh 1–9
1967 Pittsburgh 1–9
1968 Pittsburgh 1–9
Pittsburgh: 3–27
Total: 3–27


  1. ^ "Hart Named to Coach Football at Pitt; Jones Resigns at Oklahoma; EX-NAVY AIDE GETS 3-YEAR CONTRACT" (PDF). The New York Times. Associated Press. December 7, 1965. Retrieved November 20, 2013.
  2. ^ Matter, Dave (March 16, 2009). "Dave Hart, former MU AD, dies at 83". Columbia Daily Tribune. Retrieved November 20, 2013.
  3. ^ "Tennessee hires Dave Hart as new AD". ESPN. September 5, 2011. Retrieved December 17, 2015.
  4. ^ "Rick Hart new SMU AD". ESPN. July 16, 2012. Retrieved December 17, 2015.