Hank Hughes, who served for four years as defensive line coach and assistant head coach at Harvard, is entering his second season as the Tigers' defensive line coach. Hughes replaced Wayne Weedon, who left to become athletic director of the Memphis City School system.
Hughes made the move to Harvard from the University of Cincinnati along with current Harvard head coach Tim Murphy. Cincinnati had finished the 1993 season with a record of 8-3 and were ranked 27th in the nation.
In 1997, Hughes helped coach one of the nation's best defenses, as Harvard posted a 9-1 record and captured the outright Ivy League championship. It was the Crimson's first 7-0 Ivy League record in the history of the school.
Hughes has extensive college and professional experience. Prior to joining the staff at Cincinnati, he was the defensive coordinator and linebacker coach for the Montreal Machine of the World League of American Football, a position he held from 1991 until 1993. Kansas City Chiefs star Tracy Simien was among the players he coached in Montreal.
Previously, Hughes worked at James Madison University as recruiting coordinator and inside linebacker coach. He was a member of the Dukes' staff from 1985 through 1990 and coached all-American and Dallas Cowboy all-star Charles Haley during his tenure.
Hughes also coached at Lafayette for three seasons (1982-84), the University of Albany (1979), his alma mater Springfield College (1980) and Northeastern (1981).
Hughes graduated from Springfield in 1979 with a degree in physical education.
He and his wife, Jackie, have two children, a daughter, Raquel Marie and a son, Henry.
THE HUGHES FILEPersonal
Born: Albany, NY
Univ. of Memphis (1998-)