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Loyola, Tavaras Hardy hire Northwestern Director of Player Development A.J. Guyton as assistant

Hardy is getting back to his Northwestern roots with the hire.

It didn’t take long for Tavaras Hardy to tap into his Northwestern network after becoming a head coach.

Hardy, who took over the Loyola (Md.) job this past March, has added Northwestern Director of Player Development A.J. Guyton to his staff as an assistant coach, according to Jon Rothstein.

Guyton worked at Northwestern for less than a calendar year, having been hired by Chris Collins in September 2017. The move makes sense — Guyton gets a promotion, and Hardy gets a coach with ties to his alma mater. Hardy played at Northwestern from 1998-2002, earning All-Big Ten honors twice. Guyton played for Bob Knight at Indiana before brief stops with the Chicago Bulls and the Golden State Warriors.

This news marks the second departure from Chris Collins’ staff this spring after Armon Gates left to join Tim Miles and Nebraska. Collins added Emanuel Dildy to replace Gates on the staff.