Sherman Hurt
Sherman Hurt

Sherman Hart put UMass Boston track and field on the map. No coach in the school's history has made as much of an impact or done it as quickly as he did. In just his second season as the women's track and field mentor, the Beacons placed 52nd at the 1984 NCAA outdoor championships. Little did the collegiate track scene know, UMass Boston track and field was ready to take over. The following year, Hart's athletes captured the first of three straight women's NCAA indoor championships and in 1985-86 his women's team became the first to ever win both the indoor and outdoor titles in the same academic season. Hart led the Beacons to a total of four national crowns and three runner-up finishes, including two at the outdoor competition. For his efforts, he was named NCAA Division III Coach of the Year in 1985, 1986, 1987 and 1988, while capturing seven ECAC championships between the indoor and outdoor seasons. Under his guidance, 37 NCAA individual or relay championships were won by UMass Boston runners and his athletes gained All-American status 48 times. Hart saw his UMB women's indoor and outdoor teams finish second in the NCAA championships in 1988 and went on to coach at Northeastern University where he didn't miss a beat, leading the Huskies' women to 20 America East titles and the men to seven. He also guided the women to six New England crowns and the men to a New England championship as well, while being named Conference Coach of the Year 13 times between the women's indoor and outdoor seasons and five times on the men's side. Hart has been honored as the District I Division I Coach of the Year four times and has seen Northeastern athletes named All-American nine times, All-East over 50 times as well as coaching them to countless America East and New England titles. Besides his impressive accomplishments on the collegiate level, Hart founded the Boston International Track Club while he was a Northeastern student in 1974 and has been the director ever since.