Now in his seventh season at the University of Notre Dame, Brian Hardin serves as director of football media relations and is the primary media contact for the Fighting Irish football program.
Hardin works with head coach Brian Kelly, Notre Dame players and assistant coaches while serving as the primary day-to-day liaison with the media. He coordinates interviews, oversees production of football publications and other various football publicity items, as well as works closely with football game-day operations and all other aspects of the football program as it pertains to media relations and sports information. His first media guide, the 2007 edition, was ranked as the best in the nation in the College Sports Information Directors (CoSIDA) Division I-A and I-AA Football Guides contest.
In addition to his media relations duties with the football team, Hardin serves as the sport administrator for the men’s tennis program, assisting head coach Bobby Bayliss with administrative duties.
Prior to joining the Notre Dame athletics staff, Hardin spent three seasons working in the media relations department of the National Football League’s Chicago Bears. There, he worked as a media relations assistant from 2004-05, assisting in all aspects of public relations for the 2005 NFC North Division champions. Hardin’s responsibilities included coordinating interviews for players and coaches, as well as working with a handful of specific players, writing and editing media guide and game program materials and partnering in the production of the team’s weekly game notes package.
Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Hardin assisted with many of the same functions with the Bears’ public relations operation as a media relations intern during the 2003 season. He also spent one season as an intern in the Loyola University sports information office in Chicago, serving as the primary contact for the school’s men’s and women’s cross country/track & field, women’s soccer and men’s volleyball teams, and assisting with the Ramblers’ men’s and women’s basketball programs.
A 2002 graduate of Marquette University, Hardin earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism and was a four-year letter-winner in track & field, captaining the team as a senior. He also assisted in the MU sports information department as a senior, working with the Golden Eagles’ men’s golf program and assisting with the school’s men’s basketball team.
Hardin also has worked the 2002 NCAA women’s basketball Mideast Regional (in Milwaukee, with Marquette the host), the 2002 Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Miller Park in Milwaukee, the 2004 Big Ten Conference men’s basketball tournament and the 2007 NFC divisional and championship games at Chicago’s Soldier Field. He also worked the 2009, 2010, and 2012 NCAA women’s basketball tournament hosted by Notre Dame.
Hardin and his wife, Cara, reside in South Bend. They have one son, Noah.