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Tavaras Hardy hired as Loyola Maryland head coach

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The Patriot League is starting to have a serious Northwestern presence.

Hardy battling Reggie Evans for a rebound.
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Former Northwestern player and assistant coach Tavaras Hardy has landed his first head coaching job. He was named as the next coach of the Loyola Maryland Greyhounds on Wednesday morning.

Hardy spent the past 12 seasons as an assistant coach at three different Power 6 schools. He was on Bill Carmody’s staff from 2007-2013, helping recruit the likes of Jershon Cobb and Drew Crawford. Then he spent three seasons and Georgetown and the last two at Georgia Tech.

Of course, Hardy starred as a player at Northwestern from 1998-2002. The Joliet, IL native was a two-time All-Big Ten honoree and is 29th in program history in scoring.

In joining Loyola Md., Hardy will get a chance to compete against his old boss every year. The Greyhounds play in the Patriot League, as does Holy Cross, the team Carmody has coached for the past three seasons.

Loyola went 9-22 this season, including a narrow season-opening loss to Northwestern, and finished 322nd in Kenpom. It was below .500 in each of the five seasons under G.G. Smith, Tubby Smith’s son, and hasn’t made the NCAA Tournament since 2012 when it was a member of the MAAC.

Good luck, Coach Hardy!