Hartman being inducted into HOF


By David Fong

dfong@aimmediamidwest.com

TROY — Hart Hartman has no idea what a day off feels like.

“And I don’t want to find out, either,” the legendary Troy track and field coach said.

And so, in a move that likely will come a surprise to no one who he has ever coached or coached alongside him, the morning he gets inducted into the Troy Athletic Hall of Fame, Hartman will first be in charge of running the Troy Invitational cross country meet before he is honored later that evening for his more than 50 years as a Troy athlete and coach.

“For me, it’s always been about the kids,” Hartman said. “On top of that, I’ve been fortunate enough to be in a situation where my wife (Ruth) goes to every meet. She’s the one who has made all of this possible.”

Hartman will be one of five inductees into the Troy Athletic Hall of Fame Class. Joining Hartman will be former Troy football coach Steve Nolan (who coached at Troy from 1984-2011), basketball player Dick Steineman (class of 1973), gymnast and track athlete Rob Evans (class of 1978) and volleyball/basketball player Stacy Pahl Schretzman (class of 1985).

As an athlete at Troy, Hartman was a standout in both football and track from 1954-58. In track, he was a state qualifier in the 880-yard run and a school record-holder in the 880 and 4×880 relay. Following his graduation from Troy, he attended Capital University in Columbus.

“I had made the decision in high school that I wanted to be a coach and teacher because of (legendary Troy football coach Lou Juillerat),” Hartman said. “Then when I got to Capital, I had a coach named Gene Slaughter. Those two guys probably had more of an influence on me than anybody else. I liked what I saw them doing. I had thought about becoming a minister at one point, but I thought I might be able to help more kids if I was coaching.”

Little did he know at the time he would spend the next 50 years helping literally thousands of athletes at Troy.

From 1964-67, Hartman was the head football coach and assistant track coach at Loudenville High School.

In 1968, Hartman would return to Troy High School, where he would teach art. His first year back, he also was an assistant football and track coach. He would eventually serve as head boys and girls track coach, head boys cross country coach and to this day — 50 years after beginning his career at Troy — he remains the school’s pole vault coach.

“I guess I didn’t really expect to be coaching for this long, but I didn’t know when to retire,” Hartman said.

Last spring Hartman was honored for his 50 years of coaching at Troy. Dozens of athletes he coached came from all across the country to visit with their former coach.

“He has changed peoples’ lives,” said fellow Class of 2017 inductee Evans. Evans drove up from Georgia to be a part of the festivities last spring. “He’s been like a dad to me. He’s extraordinary. He’s honest. He is the man — he’s not just some guy out here coaching. He is my mentor. I wouldn’t be where I am today without him.

“He’s so unselfish. The one thing I’ve learned in life is that when you say ‘yes’ to something, you are saying ‘no’ to something else. I know there were times he had to so no to his own family or no to his own personal time to help the kids he coached. There’s nobody like him. He’s one of a kind. Period. Big period.”

From 1985-2005, he was the state cross country meet manager. From 1985 until today, he has been the Southwest regional cross country meet manager. He was inducted into the Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame in 1993.

“I’ve just been busy doing what I normally do,” Hartman said.

Contact David Fong at dfong@aimmediamidwest.com; follow him on Twitter @thefong

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Anthony Weber | Troy Daily News Herb Hartman coaches pole vaulter Christine Moser during a meet last spring. Hartman will be one of five inductees into the Troy Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2017.
http://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2017/09/web1_HARTMAN_0232-2.jpgAnthony Weber | Troy Daily News Herb Hartman coaches pole vaulter Christine Moser during a meet last spring. Hartman will be one of five inductees into the Troy Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2017.

Anthony Weber | Troy Daily News Legendary track and field coach Herb Hartman will be one of five inductees into the Troy Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2017.
http://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2017/09/web1_HARTMAN_0156-1.jpgAnthony Weber | Troy Daily News Legendary track and field coach Herb Hartman will be one of five inductees into the Troy Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2017.
Fifty years of coaching to be recognized