Loyola University Maryland names Tavaras Hardy head coach

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Another college basketball head coaching vacancy was filled Wednesday, as Loyola University Maryland announced that it has hired Georgia Tech assistant Tavaras Hardy to lead its program. Hardy the last two seasons on Josh Pastner’s staff at Georgia Tech, and prior to his move to Atlanta had stints as an assistant at both Georgetown and Northwestern.

“Our success will be defined not only on the court, but by our impact on the lives of our student-athletes, the university community, our fans, our city and our future generation,” Hardy said in the release announcing his hiring. “I am looking forward to getting in the gym with our guys, learning their games and establishing the culture of work ethic that will produce championship level basketball.”

Hardy replaces G.G. Smith, whose teams went a combined 56-98 during his five-year tenure as head coach. Loyola’s most successful season under Smith was the 2016-17 season, in which the Greyhounds went 16-17 and finished tied for sixth in the Patriot League with an 8-10 league record.

Loyola won just nine games in 2017-18, and with Andre Walker and Cam Gregory both out of eligibility Hardy will have to account for the loss of two key contributors as he begins the rebuild. That being said, three of Loyola’s five double-digits scorers from this season have eligibility remaining, freshman guard Isaiah Hart and sophomore guards Chuck Champion and Andrew Kostecka.

Kostecka, who led Loyola in both steals and blocked shots while also averaging 10.6 points per game, was selected to the Patriot League’s All-Defensive Team.