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Posted by Jordan Alves - Fri, Jun. 16, 2017 - [ MSC ] - Viewed 357 times

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. — Campbellsville University President Dr. Michael V. Carter is pleased to announce that with the promotion of Rusty Hollingsworth to Vice President of Athletics starting with the new fiscal year on July 1, assistant AD Jim Hardy is assuming the role of Director of Athletics.

Hardy has spent the previous four years as the assistant AD under the leadership of Hollingsworth. A 1985 graduate of Campbellsville University, Hardy spent 10 seasons as an assistant on the CU Fighting Tigers football coaching staff under head coaches Mark Peach, Jim Deaton and Perry Thomas. He served as running backs coach for most of that time and also served as eligibility and equipment coordinator for the team for a number of years. In 2010, he was named assistant head coach. In 2012 he served as running game coordinator and was the recruiting coordinator for the Fighting Tigers, helping to bring in more than 70 student-athlete commitments prior to National Signing Day in February 2013.


Hardy has also served as the NCCAA Mid-East Regional Chair the past two years and is a member of the NCCAA National Football Committee the previous four.
In addition, head baseball coach and assistant AD Beauford Sanders will have a bigger hand in the daily operations of the department and is moving his title to Associate Director of Athletics.
"We are very fortunate to have someone the caliber as Jim Hardy to assume the role of director of athletics," said President Dr. Michael V. Carter. "Campbellsville is experiencing tremendous growth in our student-athlete population, facilities and the success of the entire department. Jim's previous experience as an athletic administrator will help move us forward as our growth continues."

"First and foremost I would like to say it's been a honor working side by side with Rusty the previous four years," said Hardy. "Under his leadership, the athletics department has achieved remarkable success both on and off the field. You can't replace someone like Rusty, I just want to continue to build on what he has already established. He has played a vital role in our success and I plan to continue the tradition of Tiger and Lady Tiger athletics.

"I am excited about this opportunity to represent Campbellsville University in this new role. I am humbled by the confidence that Dr. Carter, Rusty and our athletics staff have in me. I look forward to the challenges that lay ahead for us and I am ready to go to work."
Away from the field, Hardy has led numerous Spring Break mission trips with Sports Reach Ministries, which often includes Tiger football players going along to minister while playing sports. He also took over the football program's community service projects during 2010 and 2011. He and the team were recognized in December 2010 by receiving the NAIA Champion of Character Team Award.
Hardy was also spearheaded the 2014 Coaches to Costa Rica Mission Trip for the entire athletics department. In the summer of 2016, he developed another mission opportunity in the summer of 2016 as the coaches and staff traveled to the Dominican Republic to run sports camps and share the love of Jesus Christ.
Hardy began his career in athletics in 1984 when he was named by Dave Fryrear to be a para-professional football coach at Campbellsville High School. In 1985, he was hired as a full-time social studies teacher and assistant football coach. Hardy twice received the Campbellsville University Excellence in Teaching Award for Campbellsville High School. During his 24-year tenure Hardy served 17 years as athletic director at Campbellsville High School.
During his time at Campbellsville High School, in addition to duties as athletics director, Hardy spent 18 seasons coaching football as a position coach, offensive coordinator and head coach of the Eagles. Hardy spent eight years on the Kentucky board for the All "A" Basketball Classic in Richmond, Ky., and also worked to coordinate All "A" events in volleyball, baseball, softball and other sports. He served three terms as President of the KHSAA 5th Region Athletic Directors Association and was inducted into the 5th Region Athletic Directors Hall of Fame in 2009. He also served three terms (12 years) as president of the Heartland Athletic Conference.
Aside from his undergraduate degree from Campbellsville, Hardy received a master's degree in secondary education and physical education from Western Kentucky University in 1990 and was nationally certified in Athletic Administration (CAA) in 2004 through the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.