Coach Eugene Hardwick, a native of Macon, GA was named Director of Athletics as well as head football coach upon his arrival in 2013. Coach Hardwick, a GAMU alum, lettering all four years as a linebacker for the then, top ranked Mountain Cats, garnering Second Team All SIAC honors both in his junior and senior campaigns.
Upon his graduation in 1993 with a degree in Philosophy, Coach Hardwick took his considerable talents to the National Football League where he played for three teams over the span of his five-year career. After his time in the NFL, Coach Hardwick continued his career in the Canadian Football Association where he starred for the Toronto Storm.
He later returned to the states to play in the now defunct AFL where he ended his illustrious career with his hometown MACON MARUADERS. After his professional playing days were over, Coach Hardwick began coaching, first at Macon Junior College, then as Head Linebacker Coach for the Canadian Football Association’s MONTREAL MUSKETEERS.
Realizing that retirement was imminent, legendary Georgia A&M Coach/AD, Daniel “Duck” Murray reached out to Coach Hardwick, urging him to return to GAMU to help restore the team and the school to their glory days. With the pull of his alma mater too strong, Coach Hardwick replaced Coach Murray in the fall of 2013.
Since his arrival on campus, Coach Hardwick has provided a steadying influence for both his football program and the athletic programs as a whole, laying the foundation for our Mighty Mountain Cats to return to national prominence where they belong.