Bam Hardmon, a standout linebacker at Florida from 1999-2002, is the University of Idaho's new defensive line coach.
Hardmon comes to Idaho after one season at Charleston Southern University but his association with Vandals' head coach Paul Petrino began when both were at Illinois.
"Bam is a great young coach," Petrino said. "He's fiery, he's excited and he relates well to the players."
Not only do his on-field credentials meet Petrino's criteria, his recruiting ability and knowledge of the southeastern United States make him the complete package.
"He has great connections in Florida, the southeast," Petrino said. "I'm real excited to have him on my staff."
Hardmon was an all-Southeastern Conference selection at Florida and was the Gators' defensive team captain as a senior. He had 169 tackles – fourth in the NCAA and second in the SEC, during his senior season in addition to one interception and two forced fumbles. He played on teams that finished third, 11th and 24th and was the recipient of the Fergie Ferguson Award as the Florida player who "displays outstanding leadership, character and courage" in addition to earning the University of Florida's Outstanding Leadership Award in 2002. A three-year scholar-athlete, he was on four bowl teams with the Gators – 2000 Citrus, 2001 Orange, 2002 Sugar and 2003 Outback.
He signed with the Miami Dolphins in 2003. He also spent time with the Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers as well as with three NFL Europa teams. He played for Hamburg during tis 2007 World Bowl Championship season.
After his playing career ended, he joined the University of Illinois staff where he was a defensive assistant with time spent coaching the defensive line and linebackers. In 2011, the Illini defense ranked fourth in the nation in pass defense.
He spent the 2012 season as special teams coordinator and outside linebackers coach at Charleston Southern.
He is married to the former Danerica Wright.