Release courtesy of Earlham College
RICHMOND, IN – Earlham College Director of Athletics Mike Bergum announced the hiring of Chad Hardin as the College's head women's soccer coach on Tuesday.
"Chad has been influential in every program he has been associated with during his coaching career," Bergum said. "He is a tenacious recruiter who will help attract qualified students to Earlham. I believe Chad's vision will provide our women's soccer program an opportunity to be successful. We have a wonderful nucleus of student athletes returning next year who will work hard to achieve their goals. I am excited for the future of women's soccer under the leadership of Chad and the direction provide by our returning players."
Bergum also thanked interim head coach Chelsie Moyer for the job she did in that role the past several months.
"Chelsie Moyer has done an outstanding job providing leadership during her role as interim head coach," he said. "All of the pieces are in place for the program to move forward. We are looking forward to the fall season."
Hardin has experience working at the collegiate level as he spent nine years working at Marian University in Indianapolis. From Sept., 2006 to Nov. 2009, Hardin served as the assistant women's soccer coach. The Knights achieved a 54-17-4 record during that time as well as winning consecutive conference championships in 2008 and 2009.
"The opportunity to work at a great academic institution like Earlham was one I could not pass up," Hardin said. "The chance to work in an athletics department and in a great conference [Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference] excites me."
Hardin then moved into the head men's soccer role at Marian, a position, he held for five years. Hardin turned around a program that was 6-27-2 in the two years before taking over and turned the Knights into a winning program with a record of 43-42-5 in five seasons. Hardin also served as head men's and women's bowling coach for five years.
After Marian, Hardin arrived at Scecina Memorial High School in Indianapolis where he served as head boys' soccer coach since Nov., 2014. Hardin took a squad that had won just two games the season before he arrived and quadrupled their win total in one season. The Crusaders advanced to the sectional championship game that season.
"I am looking to build this program back to a winning one," said Hardin. "I want Earlham to return to winning championships."
Junior women's soccer player Kelly Mayhew is excited for Hardin to lead the program.
"Every player on the team, from returners to incoming freshman, will begin next season with a clean slate and will need to prove themselves" she said. "I know Coach Hardin has the capability and motivation to reform this program, and I expect great things for my senior season."
Hardin graduated from Indiana University in 2000 with a degree in Kinesiology. He later earned his middle school and high school teaching license from Marian in 2003.
"I want to thank Mike [Bergum] and the search committee for giving me an opportunity to work at this fine institution," Hardin said. "I look forward to hitting the ground running."
Hardin is expected to begin his duties on March 1.