Hart is primarily known as the only coach to have instructed Michael Johnson, the gold medal winner in the individual 400 meters at the 1996 and 2000 Summer Olympics. Johnson also holds the world record at 400 meters with a time of 43.18s.
Hart also recruited and coached Jeremy Wariner and Darold Williamson to gold medals in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece — Wariner in the individual 400 meters, and both in the 4x400 meter relay. Wariner and Hart briefly parted ways in 2008, reuniting a year later .
Another one of his pupils, Greg Haughton, won bronze at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, and he currently coaches Sanya Richards, the top-ranked female 400 runner in the world in 2007 and the 2012 Summer Olympics gold medalist.
Hart was a state champion sprinter at Hot Springs, Arkansas and graduated from Baylor University in 1956 with a Bachelor's degree and later the University of Arkansas with a Master's degree.
He is married to Maxine Hart.
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