Brown and Hardmon join UI coaching staff
Posted on May 30, 2013 at 8:17 PM
MOSCOW -- Eric Brown and Bam Hardmon joined Paul Petrino's coaching staff Thursday, where they will both work on the defensive side of the ball.
Bam Hardmon, a standout linebacker at Florida from 1999-2002, is the University of Idaho’s new defensive line coach.
Hardmon comes to Idaho after one season at Charleston Southern University but his association with Vandals’ head coach Paul Petrino began when both were at Illinois.
“Bam is a great young coach,” Petrino said. “He’s fiery, he’s excited and he relates well to the players.”
Not only do his on-field credentials meet Petrino’s criteria, his recruiting ability and knowledge of the southeastern United States make him the complete package.
“He has great connections in Florida, the southeast,” Petrino said. “I’m real excited to have him on my staff.”
Hardmon was an all-Southeastern Conference selection at Florida and was the Gators’ defensive team captain as a senior. He had 169 tackles – fourth in the NCAA and second in the SEC, during his senior season in addition to one interception and two forced fumbles. He played on teams that finished third, 11th and 24th and was the recipient of the Fergie Ferguson Award as the Florida player who “displays outstanding leadership, character and courage” in addition to earning the University of Florida’s Outstanding Leadership Award in 2002. A three-year scholar-athlete, he was on four bowl teams with the Gators – 2000 Citrus, 2001 Orange, 2002 Sugar and 2003 Outback.
He signed with the Miami Dolphins in 2003. He also spent time with the Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers as well as with three NFL Europa teams. He played for Hamburg during tis 2007 World Bowl Championship season.
After his playing career ended, he joined the University of Illinois staff where he was a defensive assistant with time spent coaching the defensive line and linebackers. In 2011, the Illini defense ranked fourth in the nation in pass defense.
He spent the 2012 season as special teams coordinator and outside linebackers coach at Charleston Southern.
Eric Brown joined the University of Idaho football staff as the linebackers coach.
Brown, like head coach Paul Petrino, grew up with football. The son of the late Dan Brown, a long-time coach at Fresno State, Eric Brown comes to Idaho from Indiana State University where he worked with Vandal defensive coordinator Ronnie Lee.
“Eric is a coach’s son,” Petrino said. “You can tell he’s been around football all his life.”
That inherent knowledge of the game is something Petrino prizes.
“He’s probably one of the greatest young minds in college football,” Petrino said.
Brown played for and graduated from Fresno State University. After graduating in 2011, he was a graduate assistant for the Bulldogs. He helped guide Bulldogs’ defensive tackle Logan Harrell to first-team all-Western Athletic Conference honors in 2011 – a season during which Harrell recorded 16 tackles for loss.
At Indiana State, Brown was the outside linebackers coach. Among the players under his guidance were two players ranked in the top three in the Missouri Valley Football Conference and top 25 in the Football Championship Subdivision in tackles per game, as well as the league’s No. 5 player in quarterback sacks. The Sycamores were ranked third nationally in total defense in 2012. He also coached Connor Underwood to a Freshman All-American season.