- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 15, 2009

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Dave Hart, a former Southern Conference commissioner, head football coach at Pittsburgh and athletic director at two other schools, has died. He was 83.

Hart’s son, Dick, says his father died Saturday of complications from congestive heart failure.

Hart coached at Pittsburgh from 1966 through 1968 and was 3-27. He was athletic director at the universities of Louisville and Missouri before going to the Southern Conference. He was head of the league from 1987 to 1991.

Most recently, Hart was a consultant to UNC-Asheville athletics.

Hart was the father of Alabama executive athletic director Dave Hart Jr., and grandfather of Chattanooga athletic director Rick Hart and N.C. State assistant baseball coach Chris Hart.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 36 years, Patti, and survived by their four children and his second wife, Earlyn.

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