Stephen Hardy, Ph.D., is Professor
of Kinesiology and Coordinator of the Sport Studies Program at the
University of New Hampshire, where he is also an affiliate
Professor of History. At UNH since 1988, he serves as Faculty
Representative to the NCAA and chairs the President’s
Athletics Advisory Committee. In 2003-2004, he served as Interim
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies. He is a founder of
the Charles Holt Archives of American Hockey, which are located at
UNH’s Dimond Library.
He has also taught at the University of Massachusetts (where he earned his Ph.D.), the University of Washington, Robert Morris University (where he chaired the Department of Sport Management), and Carnegie Mellon University. Over three decades, he has taught courses in sport marketing, athletic administration, and sport history, as well as a popular introduction to the sport industry. In 2006, he developed a new “Inquiry” course for first-year students entitled “Coolest Game? Hockey and History.”
His publications include How Boston Played (1982, 2003), Sport Marketing (1993,2000), and numerous articles, book chapters, and reviews in academic presses, several of which address early hockey in America. His reviews and opinions have also appeared in popular outlets such as the Boston Globe, the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, and the Sports Business Journal. From 1995-1999, he was co-editor of the Sport Marketing Quarterly. In 1997, he was elected a Fellow in the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education. In May 2001, he won the “Lifetime Research Award” from UNH’s School of Health and Human services.
He has extensive experience in college athletics. He played hockey for Bowdoin College in the late 1960s and co-captained the 1969-70 team with his twin brother, Erl. After coaching stints at Vermont Academy and Amherst College, he joined the Eastern College Athletic Conference in 1976, where he served as Assistant Commissioner and Hockey Supervisor until 1979. During this time, he supervised collegiate championships in venues such as the Boston Garden and Madison Square Garden, and worked closely with the NCAA Ice Hockey Committee and its affiliated championships. He served on the Board of Directors of the America East athletics conference from 2000-2002. In 2003, he was selected by the Hockey East Association as one of twenty “special friends” to celebrate the leagues 20th anniversary. In October 2006, he was inducted into the Robert Morris University Sport Management Hall of Fame.