Running backs coach Mike Hart leaving IU for alma mater

Indiana running backs coach Mike Hart is leaving the Hoosiers to go back to his alma mater.

Michigan announced Wednesday that Hart will be joining Jim Harbaugh’s staff as running backs coach after four years on the Indiana staff. Hart starred at Michigan from 2004-07, rushing for 1,300 yards or better in three of his four seasons. A two-time Doak Walker Award finalist and four-year starter, he set school records in carries (1,015) and rushing yards (5,040) and ranks third in school history with 41 touchdowns.

“Michigan has always held a special place in my heart,” Hart said in a Michigan release. “It is a place that always believed in me and a place that I have always have believed in. I am excited to join Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan staff, and can’t wait to get to work with a talented running back group.”

Hart spent three seasons in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts, rushing for 264 yards and two touchdowns before beginning his coaching career in 2013.

At Indiana, Hart is credited for being a key recruiter and for developing Stevie Scott into an All-Big Ten second team pick as a sophomore.  But the running game struggled this season even as the Hoosiers went 6-2 and finished the year ranked No. 12 nationally. The Hoosiers finished 12th in the Big Ten with 108.6 yards per game.

Hart’s is one of two positions the Hoosiers will need to fill this offseason. They are also looking for a replacement for defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Kane Wommack, who left to be the head coach at South Alabama.

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