Football: Dan Hartman leaves as Evergreen Park coach for post at Hinsdale Central
By George M. Wilcox For Sun-Times Media May 12, 2014 9:54PM
Dan Hartman | File photo
Updated: June 15, 2014 6:18AM
Hinsdale Central named Dan Hartman as its next head coach, tapping a familiar pipeline for football coaches in the school district.
Hartman was approved Monday night as the Red Devils’ coach in a special school board meeting. Hartman becomes the second former Evergreen Park coach to be named football coach at a Hinsdale school, following Mike Barry three years ago. Barry left Evergreen Park after going 10-17 in three years to become Hinsdale South’s coach.
Hartman, 30, Barry’s successor, becomes the new coach at Hinsdale Central, following Rich Tarka, who was dismissed after three years with the Devils.
Although Hartman never served on Barry’s staff, Hartman consulted with Barry about possibly coaching and teaching in District 86. Hartman also was approved as a new social studies teacher at Hinsdale Central.
“I talked to coach Barry through a couple of people in the process and he had nothing but good things to say about the district, both South and the parents and community at Central. He said it is a great place to work.”
Hartman went 27-9 in three years at Evergreen Park and led the Mustangs (10-1 in 2013) to the South Suburban Red title last season. Ninth-seeded Phillips upset top-seeded Evergreen Park 31-21 in the second round of the Class 4A playoffs.
“Dan impressed our football committee and our teachers committee,” Hinsdale Central athletic director Dan Jones said. “We are very excited to have him on board.”
Hartman was raised in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, near Cincinnati and played wide receiver at Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Kentucky.
“First thing you notice about the style we play is that we play a fast, uptempo style on offense and defense,” Hartman said.
Hartman becomes the fourth coach at Hinsdale Central since 2004. In Hinsdale Central’s previous 32 seasons, the coaching position was held by Ken Schreiner and Gene Strode.
Tarka went 18-12 in his three years and finished 5-5 last season with a loss to Oswego in the first round of the Class 8A playoffs.