Coaching Awards and Honors:
Outstanding Athletes Coached:
* Eighth Place at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials (Decathlon)
Dr. Andrew Hardyk, entering his 19th year with the Nittany Lion track and field program, will continue to mentor the Penn State high jumpers, decathletes, and pole vaulters in 2011-12. Hardyk has now coached a total of 22 All-America finishes during his tenure with the Nittany Lions.
Hardyk's high jumpers impressed in 2011, with both Bryson Hartzler and Sean Reilly bettering the seven-foot barrier over the course of the year. Hartzler cleared 7-1.50 (2.17) during the indoor season, which is tied for the fourth-best jump in the Nittany Lion indoor record books. Reilly stepped up during the outdoor season, topping out at 7-0.25 (2.14) - the sixth-best clearance in school history.
Reilly's outdoor campaign also included a bronze-medal finish at the Big Ten Championships, as well as an appearance at the NCAA First Round. The Nittany Lions scored three at the indoor conference meet with Reilly finishing sixth, and Hartzler and then-freshman Jon Hendershot tying for eighth overall. Hardyk's charges also excelled in the multi-events, with current senior Anya Uzoh totaling 7045 points in the decathlon - the 10th-best total in school history. Uzoh would score a seventh-place finish in the heptathlon at the Big Ten Indoor Championships.
Along with his nearly two decade tenure at Penn State, Hardyk is also experienced on the international scene as he wasselected to serve as men's head coach of the United States team at the 2007 NACAC Championships in El Salavador.
Colligan would also finish a point out of a conference gold medal at the 2008 Big Ten Outdoor Championships, where Hardyk-coached athletes captured two of the top four finishing spots. Colligan's runner-up standing at the conference meet marked the second straight year a Hardyk-coached athlete won silver-medal honors, as Chris Morrisey finished second in the Big Ten decathlon in 2007. Colligan and Morrisey both recorded personal bests over 7000 points, at 7361 points, and 7097, respectively - both among the top ten performances in the Penn State's storied decathlon history.
Hardyk's athletes had an outstanding year in 2007, highlighted by a pair of All-America performances from Fritz, who posted a fifth-place finish in the NCAA high jump indoors, and tied for ninth outside. Fritz also captured both Big Ten titles, and took top honors at the NCAA East Regional Championships.
During his first 13 years at Penn State, Hardyk covered the sprints, hurdles, jumps and relays as an assistant for the men's program. All told, Hardyk coached athletes have won 11 Big Ten Individual titles, and have set 21 Penn State records.
Hardyk received his bachelor's degree in Aerospace Engineering in 1992 and a master's degree in Engineering Mechanics (orthopedic biomechanics) in 1993 from the University of Cincinnati. He completed his PhD in Exercise and Sports Sciences (sports biomechanics) in December of 2000 at Penn State. At Cincinnati, Hardyk - a team captain - competed in the long jump and the sprints for the Bearcats, qualifying for the NCAA Championships in the long jump his senior year. Hardyk was also a Great Midwest Conference Champion in the long jump and 4x100-meter relay. Post-collegiately, Hardyk competed at a national-class level in the long jump and the 100 meter dash. He competed in the 1994 and 1995 USA Track and Field Championships as well as the 1995 US Olympic Festival in the long jump. He also competed in the 100 meter dash at the 1997 and 1998 USA Track and Field Championships.