Carlton Hardy enters his sixth season as the Savannah State Tigers head baseball coach.
In 2007, Hardy guided the Tigers to its 10th consecutive season above .500 with a 31-23 record. In his first year as head coach, SSU finished 30-19 including one of the biggest wins in SSU baseball history, a 10-2 victory over Florida State. Since being named Head Coach in 2006, Hardy has continued the winning tradition of SSU Tiger baseball team.
Hardy came to SSU after spending six seasons as the head baseball coach at Olivet College, a Division III institution and a member of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association. While at Olivet, he compiled a record of 105-123 from 1999 to 2005.
Hardy, a native of Los Angeles, California, has been credited with revamping Olivet's baseball program. In 2002, he led the Comets to a .500 finish with an 18-18 record, the first time since 1995. The following season, the team recorded a 23-17 overall record and a second place conference finish with a 12-6 mark. Hardy also held the position of assistant football coach for six seasons at Olivet.
Prior to coaching at Olivet, Hardy served as the head baseball coach at Talladega College, a NAIA institution, from 1998 to 1999. By his second season, the team finished 34-18 and held the distinction of having the most wins in school history. That same year he led Talladega to the NAIA sectional tournament. Hardy was the runner-up for Coach of the Year in the Midwest Region.
A three-year letterman in baseball from 1989-91 at Grambling State University, he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems in December of 1993. While at Grambling, he was a First Team All Conference performer in 1990 and 1991. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies as a free agent in 1991, and played for one season. Hardy also received his Master of Science Degree in Sports Administration from Grambling in 1995