Football coaches Bruce Hardin and Adam Hastings are together again.
Providence Day announced Tuesday that Hastings was returning to replace Hardin as the coach. Hardin, 70, entering his 50th season in coaching, will remain with the team as the “football program head.”
“I am excited and honored to come back to Providence Day School and lead the football team,” Hastings said. “I feel fortunate to have an opportunity to work with Bruce and build on Providence Day’s tradition of success.”
The two have plenty of history.
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As an assistant at The Citadel in 2000, Hardin recruited Hastings to play college football. When Hardin was named coach at Providence Day in 2008, he hired Hastings as offensive coordinator and line coach, where he stayed for two seasons before taking over as coach at Ardrey Kell.
Hastings’ departure from Ardrey Kell leaves three positions in Mecklenburg County open, along with Charlotte Country Day and Independence. Harding recently hired former Olympic and Butler assistant Samuel Griner to replace Walt Aikens.
Hardin has been coach at Providence Day since 2008. His record was 42-39 and he led the Chargers to the 2011 N.C. Independent Schools state championship. The Chargers were state runners-up in 2012.
Hastings was the second coach in Ardrey Kell’s history. The school opened in 2006. He was 35-25 in five seasons. He had one losing season and was 9-4 in 2014, leading the Knights to the second round of the N.C. 4AA playoffs. He was Southwestern 4A Coach of the Year in 2010, and in 2011 he was named the Marine Semper Fi Coach of the Year for North and South Carolina, for his role in developing leaders.
Hastings, who will start at Providence Day at the end of the school year, graduated from The Citadel in 2005 and was a three-year lettermen. He received the schools’ Gold Star award in 2005 for having a GPA higher than 3.7.
Hardin has a career record of 332-110 and is a member of the N.C. Hall of Fame. His teams have won eight state championships.
“I am extremely excited to be working with Adam again,” Hardin said, “and look forward to seeing him continue his success here at Providence Day School.”
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