Q&A with Coach Justin Hardin
After Independence dropped a bombshell by announcing that second-year football coach Joe Evans would not return to the program in 2015, the Patriots took less than two weeks to find its new coach.
And they may have struck gold, hiring former Providence and Weddington coach Justin Hardin.
Hardin was a star quarterback at Kannapolis’ A.L. Brown where he played for his father, Bruce, a North Carolina Athletics Directors Hall of Fame coach who recently stepped down at Providence Day and is the orchestrater of 332 career wins.
Hardin went on to play quarterback at The Citadel, and had assistant coaching stops in high school and college before getting his first head coaching job at Weddington High in 2009. That season he inherited an 0-11 team but posted a 14-11 record the following two seasons. After a year as an assistant at Rock Hill South Pointe, Hardin returned to the coaching ranks at Providence, where he posted am 18-9 record in two seasons, including a 10-4 mark this year.