Wes Hart joined the Seminole Soccer staff as an assistant coach in February of 2013 and was instrumental in leading the Seminoles to their first national championship in 2014 in just his second season at Florida State. Hart's primary responsibilities with the Seminoles include planning the offensive attack, assisting with player development and video analysis along with other recruiting and scouting duties.
In just two seasons at Florida State, Hart helped develop a well-balanced offensive attack that resulted in 407 points on 129 goals and 149 assists. He guided the Seminoles to back-to-back ACC championships, two College Cup appearances, a national runner-up finish and a national title. Two Seminoles garnered All-America honors under his tutelage in Dagny Brynjarsdottir (2013 & 2014) and Cheyna Williams (2014). Brynjarsdottir went on to post career-highs in points (38), goals (16) and shots (87) in her final season at Florida State finishing as the runner-up for 2014 MAC Hermann Trophy.
During FSU’s run to a national title in 2014, the Seminoles ranked in the top three in the ACC in every major offensive category while leading the league with a school-record 90 assists. The Noles also tallied a league-best 3.46 assists per game marking the first time in school history that FSU averaged more than three assists a game in a single season. Florida State scored multiple goals in 18 of 26 games including four times during the NCAA Tournament. Williams, who was named the Most Outstanding Player on Offense at the 2014 College Cup, led all Seminoles with 13 points on six goals and one assist in six NCAA tournament matches.
Following his first season in Tallahassee, the Seminole offense finished with 177 points on 59 goals and 59 assists. FSU ranked in the top four in every major offensive category in the ACC including second in points and goals per game and third in assists per game. Seven Seminoles registered double-digit points in 2013 while six returners finished the year recording single-season career-highs in goals and points.
A native of Littleton, Colo., Hart came to Tallahassee after spending eight years (2005-12) in a variety of roles with the Colorado Rush, one of the premier soccer clubs in the country. In his last three years with the Rush, Hart held the title of Director of Coaching Academy where he oversaw the ECNL teams on the girls side and the US Development Academy teams on the boys side.
During his time with the Rush, Hart was involved in four national championships including three as an assistant and one as head coach. In the summer of 2012, he led the U-15 girls squad to the club's first ever ECNL Championship. Hart has coached several US Youth National Team players including Lindsey Horan, who now plays for PSG in France. He also tutored former Seminole standouts Sarah Wagenfuhr and Erika Sutton.
Before entering the coaching ranks, Hart played six seasons in the MLS (Major League Soccer). He was selected with the seventh overall pick in the 2000 MLS Super Draft by the Colorado Rapids. In four seasons with the Rapids (2000-03), Hart appeared in 68 regular season games making 60 starts. He also started seven of 10 MLS playoff games during that time. His final two seasons in the MLS came with the San Jose Earthquakes as he appeared in 25 games making 14 starts. Hart was honored as the Humanitarian of the Year in the MLS in 2000 and 2001.
Hart began his collegiate career at the University of Wisconsin (1996-97) where he started 36 games over his freshman and sophomore seasons. He was honored as Wisconsin's Freshman of the Year in 1996 and earned a spot on the 1996 All-Big Ten second team. Hart transferred to the University of Washington for his final two seasons (1998-99). With the Huskies, Hart garnered third team All-America accolades in 1998 and second team honors in 1999. He was honored as a first team Scholar All-American by the NSCAA in 1999, was a two-time first team All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) honoree and was named the MPSF Player of the Year in 1999. Hart served as team captain in 1999 and set the UW single-season assist record in 1998 with 15 - a record that is still intact. Hart completed his degree in business from the University of Washington in 2014.
As a youth player, Hart played for the Colorado Rush where he won a USYS National Championship. He attended Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., where he was a three-time first team All-State selection and a two-time Gatorade High School Player of the Year. Hart added Parade All-America and NSCAA All-America honors during his time at Columbine High School, while leading his squad to a state championship.
Hart is married to the former Jamie Martini, who was a gymnast at the University of Denver. The couple has two children, Dominic (8) and Grace (6).