Jason Hart is in his third season as an assistant coach at USC, hired by Andy Enfield on April 12, 2013.
Hart is a Southern California native who attended Inglewood and Westchester High schools in Los Angeles, and then went on to star four seasons at Syracuse, playing two seasons with fellow USC assistant coach Tony Bland.
Hart served as an assistant coach at Pepperdine for the 2013 season and the year before he was the head coach at Taft High in Woodland Hills, Calif.
Hart played at Syracuse from 1997-2000 and left as the school’s all-time leader in steals (329) and second all-time in assists (709). He also shares the Syracuse record for most steals in a season of 101 set in 1999.
In his four seasons at Syracuse, Hart helped lead the Orange to the NCAA Tournament three times and the NIT one time. During his sophomore and senior seasons Syracuse advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament.
During his senior season, Hart was named to Syracuse’s All-Century Team, which honored the top 25 players in the program’s history. In 2011, Syracuse awarded him the Vic Hanson Medal of Excellence.
Hart was picked in the second round of the 2000 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks and went on to enjoy a nine-year career in the NBA. He played for Milwaukee, San Antonio, Charlotte, the Los Angeles Clippers, Sacramento, Utah, Denver, New Orleans and Minnesota. Four times his teams qualified for the NBA Playoffs. Hart also played a season in Greece.
Hart retired in December of 2010 and began coaching on the AAU circuit. He then took the job at Taft High and led the Toreadors to a 29-4 record, the Los Angeles City Section Division I title, the second round of the Division I state championships and a perfect 10-0 record in league play. He was named the L.A. City Coach of the Year.
Hart graduated from Syracuse in 2000 with a degree in sociology. His wife’s name is Brandi and they have two children, Jason and Justin.