WINSTON-SALEM, NC – Winston-Salem State University assistant football coach, Darn Hart, has been selected for induction into the 2012 Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools Sports Hall of Fame.
Hart will join 13 other recipients on Friday, May 4, 2012 at the MC Benton Convention Center for the Hall of Fame induction Ceremony. The ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m., and tickets for the event are $30, and can be purchased at the Winston Lake Family YMCA. No tickets will be sold at the door.
The 13 inductees into the 2012 Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools Sports Hall of Fame are: Daren L. Hart - Player (Carver HS); Art Blevins - Contributor; Maurice Atwood - Coach (Wrestling); Howard West - Coach (Basketball); Colon Nifong - Coach (Football); L. Douglas Wall - Player (Mineral Springs HS); Jeff Jones - Player (North Forsyth HS); Jeff Bradley - Player (West Forsyth HS); Terry Pope - Player (Griffith HS); Brian Howard - Player (North Forsyth HS); Christopher J. McKoy - Player (RJ. Reynolds); Herman McKinnie Jr. - Player (West Forsyth HS); Marty Stanley - Athletic Director (Glenn HS); Durwood Pack - Athletic Director (West Forsyth HS).
Daren Hart is in his third season as a member of the Winston-Salem State University football coaching staff where he will focuses on leading the safeties and outside linebackers. Hart's arrival at WSSU was a homecoming of sorts, as he returns to the city of Winston-Salem where he played his high school football at nearby Carver High School.
Hart comes to WSSU from Southern Durham High School where he spent the last three seasons serving as the Defensive Coordinator while coaching the three-time PAC6 conference champion Spartans. Hart, long recognized for his talent development, coached a pair of NC Shrine Bowl selections in linebacker Terry Ross who is a current a member of the football team at Marshall University and defensive back Athen Marshall who is playing his college football at Wake Forest University.
While at Southern Durham HS Hart had two student-athletes named Durham PAC6 Defensive Player of the Year and helped four SDHS student-athletes earn Division I football scholarships. An excellent leader and teacher, Hart also served as the Spartans head track and field coach in addition to his role as Defensive Coordinator with the football team.
Hart's three-year tenure at Southern Durham High School was preceded by two seasons at North Carolina Central University where he served as the defensive backs coach for the Eagles. While at NCCU Hart helped to lead the Eagles' secondary to a rank of 22nd in the nation in pass defense efficiency and his defensive backs accounted for 21 interceptions over the span of two seasons.
Prior to his tenure at NCCU Hart spent two different terms of service for a total of six seasons at North Carolina A&T State University as a member of the Aggie's coaching staff. Hart led the Aggie's defensive backs and inside linebackers on a defense that led the nation in turnovers in Division I-AA during his tenure. Hart's defensive backs led the MEAC in interceptions three consecutive seasons and safety Eddie Ravenell was selected First-Team All-MEAC marking the third straight season that an N.C. A&T defensive back was named to the First Team. Hart's defense had a passing efficiency rating of 95.10, which led the MEAC and ranked third nationally.
Hart, who coaches with the philosophy that turnovers are the key to good defense, saw his defensive backs score 21 touchdowns in his six seasons at N.C. A&T. The 2001 Aggie defense set three NCAA records by holding opponents to an average of 62.9 yards per game with 20 interceptions that were returned for an impressive 689 yards. Hart also coached NCAA record holder Curtis Deloatch who led the nation in punt return yardage.
During Hart's time at North Carolina A&T the Aggie defense recorded 93 interceptions and seven defensive backs were named to the All-MEAC defensive teams, including two first team selections.
Hart has been instrumental in the development of young talent during his coaching career and has been credited with preparing the Aggie's Curtis Deloatch for a professional football career. Following the 2003 season, Deloatch signed a free agent contract with the New York Giants on the heels of an appearance in the Hula Bowl. Another of Hart's pupils, Jason Horton, signed a free agent contract with the Green Bay Packers just one year later.
Hart, a 1996 graduate of East Carolina University as a Exercise and Sport Science major, was a second-team Sun Belt Conference All-Rookie performer in 1993 the same season he was named to the All-South Independent Team and earned a second team freshman All-America selection by Pro Football News.
Hart was a Third Team All-Independent selection in 1994 and was named most valuable player of the 1995 St. Jude Liberty Bowl, in which he returned an interception 39 yards for a touchdown. He was selected as a 1996 USA Today Player of the Week for his 13 tackle, one sack and one interception performance against national football power Miami (FL).
Following his playing career Hart served his alma mater as a graduate assistant in the East Carolina University Strength and Conditioning Program in 1997.
Hart is single and has one son, Terrell Richardson, and he resides in Winston-Salem, N.C.