James Hardy enters his second season as assistant strength & conditioning coach with the New England Patriots in 2017. Hardy came to the Patriots after seven years as the director of basketball sports performance at the University of Colorado. During his time in Boulder, Hardy was responsible for overseeing the direction of all aspects of Colorado's weight room and was directly involved in the strength and conditioning coaching of the men's basketball and women's lacrosse teams.
Prior to his position of director of basketball sports performance, Hardy served as an assistant strength and conditioning coach for several of Colorado's teams, including football.
Hardy held intern and graduate assistant positions at Auburn University from 2005-07, where he assisted with the strength and conditioning programs for football, softball and women's soccer. He also designed and implemented programs for the women's golf and equestrian teams.
Hardy began his coaching career in 2004 at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Va., developing strength and conditioning programs for six different varsity sports and assisted with football. He also served as the primary nutritionist for all teams.
James Hardy was born on Dec. 5, 1981, in Danville, Va. and graduated from Lafayette High School in 2000, lettering in soccer. He graduated from Christopher Newport University in 2003 with a bachelor of science in exercise science and earned his master of education in exercise science with an emphasis in biomechanics from Auburn University in 2006.