Dollarway great Hardman hired as school’s AD

Lee Hardman, a legendary figure in Pine Bluff football history, has been named the Dollarway School District’s new athletic director and dean of students, according to a press release on Thursday.

In the release Hardman said he is excited about returning to Dollarway.

“I am looking forward to working with the athletics department and continuing Dollarway’s winning tradition,” Hardman said.

Hardman, who has a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in secondary administration, was an assistant principal and head football coach at Dollarway from 1981-92. During that time, Dollarway held a football record of 116-20-1 and were conference champions nine times in 11 years, including 10 playoff appearances.

As head coach at Dollarway, Hardman won state championships from 1988-1990 and one in 1992. Dollarway’s 51-game winning streak from 1988-91 — at the time — was the longest active in the nation until a loss to Fordyce in the 1991 AA championship.

From 1993-2003, Hardman was the head coach of the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions. In 1994, UAPB was NAIA national runner-up and in 1997, UAPB joined NCAA Division I. The team was always competitive under Hardman, but it never won an outright SWAC title until 2012.

Hardman and his wife, Barbara, have two children and two grandchildren.