Chad Hardin is entering his second season at the helm of the Knights' men's soccer program. He was named the fourth head coach in the program's history last November.
In his first season with the men's program, Hardin's Knights posted a 12-6-2 record. They also picked up their first win in the Mid-Central College Conference quarterfinals since 2004 and saw two players honored as All-Conference second team selections, one first team selection, and the MCC Defensive Player of the Year.
Hardin spent the last four seasons as the assistant women's soccer coach at Marian University and was an integral part of their recent run of success. During his tenure, the Knights won their first-ever Mid-Central College Conference regular season championship in 2008 with its best-ever record of 16-1-2.
After graduating 11 seniors, the Knights reloaded and had an even more impressive 17-2-1 campaign en route to the 2009 MCC regular season title. Hardin has worked with the 2008 MCC Offensive Player of the Year and the 2009 MCC Player of the Year as well as numerous All-Conference selections, NAIA Scholar Athletes, and NAIA All-America honorable mention players.
During his time as assistant coach, the women's program has been on a consistent upswing with a record of 54-17-4 since 2006 and a 45-8-4 record since 2007. While winning two conference titles, the Knights have been 14-1-1 in MCC play in the last two seasons and 19-11-2 since Hardin became a part of the program. The defense has also improved during his tenure as the Knights set a school record for shutouts (12) in 2008 and increased that school-record total to 15 in 2009.
Hardin brings more than 25 years of playing experience and eight years of coaching experience. In addition to the four years at Marian University, where he also served as the Physical Education Center supervisor, he spent five years at Plainfield High School where he was the boy's varsity assistant coach and junior varsity head coach. During his tenure with the Quakers, they combined for a 47-11-4 record in his five years and were county, sectional, regional, and semi-state participants in 2002 and 2004. The Quakers were ranked as high as eighth in the state in 2002 and fifth in 2004. In every season during his tenure the Quakers won the conference championship. He was also instrumental in producing 13 collegiate soccer players during his tenure.
In the fall of 2003, Hardin served as head coach of the Westside United '94 club team that won the league title with a 7-1-2 record. He was integral in the development of players that eventually won the Indiana State Cup title. That same spring, Hardin served as the head coach of the Fury Rampage '93 club team that won the league title with an 8-1-1 overall record and it was the first time the team had finished over .500 in its history.
Hardin, who also serves as the head men's and women's bowling coach, earned a bachelor of science degree in education from Marian University in 2003 and a bachelor of science in Kinesiology in 2000 from Indiana University-Bloomington. He resides in Indianapolis.