Northwestern alum has been on Wildcats' staff the last seven seasons
Tavaras Hardy, a four-year letterwinner and three-time MVP for the Wildcats from 1998-2002, enters his eighth season as a member of Northwestern's coaching staff in 2013-14 and his first alongside head coach Chris Collins.
Recognized as an outstanding recruiter, Hardy helped mentor John Shurna during his record-breaking career as he became a first-team All-Big Ten selection, the conference's leading scorer and Northwestern career leader in scoring. In addition, Drew Crawford was named the 2010 Big Ten Freshman of the Year by the league's media members.
Hardy helped lead Northwestern to four consecutive postseason appearances from 2009-12 as well as consecutive school-record 20-win seasons in 2009-10 and again in 2010-11.
A two-time all-Big Ten selection, Hardy is one of the all-time greats to don the purple and white. He ranks second in Northwestern history for most games played in a career with 118 and 113 games started and ranks in the top 20 in seven major categories. He ranks fourth with 101 blocked shots, 10th with 640 rebounds, and 23rd with 1,122 career points--one of only 29 Wildcats to eclipse the 1,000-point plateau. His mark of 113 starts was a program record at the conclusion of the 2002 season before Jitim Young broke that mark in 2004 with 117.
Hardy enjoyed his best year as a senior in 2001-02 when he helped lead the Wildcats to a 16-13 overall mark. He was second on the team 12.3 points per game, scoring in double figures 19 times, while grabbing a team-high 6.4 rebounds--good for sixth-best in the Big Ten. That same year he was awarded the Billy McKinney Leadership Award, which honors the Northwestern student-athlete who best demonstrates outstanding leadership and sportsmanship on and off the court. Hardy then went on to play professionally for one season in Finland with the KTP Basket Oy in one of the top professional leagues in Europe.
Prior to NU, Hardy spent three years as a head coach for the Illinois Defenders boy's basketball program. Among their many accomplishments, his under-16 team captured the championship of the 2005 Las Vegas Main Event tournament with a perfect 7-0 record. During that same time period, Hardy also worked in wealth management at JPMorgan Chase and Co.
The Joliet, Ill., native received his bachelor of arts degree in political science from Northwestern in June of 2002.
Hardy is married to the former Billée Russell (Northwestern, '02) who lettered three years for the Wildcat women's basketball team from 1999-2002. They have two daughters, Mariah and Jasmine, and reside in Chicago.