New Michigan’s running backs coach Mike Hart returns to Ann Arbor a decade-plus removed from being Michigan’s all-time leading rusher. Coach Hart, however, has crafted his own legacy since then, rising up the coaching ranks, and now returning to his Alma-mater at a time when the program needs to get back to its winning ways.
Hart’s impact at Michigan as a player, and as a coach isn’t lost on running back Hassan Haskins.
“Working with him is a blessing,” Haskins said. “He was one of the greatest. He’s a legend. I’m glad he came here and I get a chance to work with him.”
While Haskins said that Hart hasn’t showed the running backs film of his glory days, Haskins is sure those memories will come up at some point. However, Haskins sees Hart as a coach who teaches the nuances of the position from the point of view of someone who once played the position. “He understands the scheme, the x’s and o’s, he understands the running back because he was one. The vision. The eye to eye.”
Haskins feels blessed to have Hart as a coach, and Hart feels blessed to be back in Ann Arbor. “Michigan has always held a special place in my heart,” Hart said in a statement in January. “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.”