Meet JC Hardy
NCAA D1A Athlete
Gov’t Licensed Psychologist
World Games Bronze Medalist
ASA Skeleton Athlete
Academy of Sport Medicine
Team World – Globe Bowl
JC Hardy (Julian-Charles Hardy) was born in Toronto, Ontario as was one of 6 children to Joan and John Hardy. The family spent time in Regina, Saskatchewan then moved to Saint John, N.B. where JC attended St. Rose school and then went on to graduate from St.Malachy’s High School in 1996. JC moved to Toronto to play football and complete an OAC year at St. Micheal’s College School where JC helped lead the Kerry Blues to becoming Metro Bowl Finalists in football in 1997. JC was then recruited to the CEGEP system in Montreal, Quebec playing for the Vanier Cheetas.
As a rookie at Vanier College, JC made an immediate impact on the league and was named a 1st Team CEGEP AAA All-Star in 1998 and received the same All-Star honours the following season in 1999 after leading the league in receiving. Because of his athleticism, JC received a lot of interest from university football scouts on both sides of the border. JC spent his summers with family in Saint John and was chosen to play for Football NB in both 1997 and 1998. (Conversely, JC also played basketball for the New Brunswick provincial team in ‘95 and ‘96.)
In Quebec, JC became the top ranked Canadian prospect on the Ron Dias Canadian Scouting Report and was recruited by a number of NCAA Division 1A schools including University of Miami, University of Michigan, University of Connecticut, Southern Mississippi and University of Nebraska before going on official visits to both Penn State University and Bowling Green State University. JC soon made history in 2000 as the 1st ever football player from the province of New Brunswick to earn a D1A Scholarship in the NCAA.
JC ended up signing a Division 1A NCAA scholarship to Bowling Green State University earning Scout Team Player of the Year Runner-Up before bouncing around to University of Ottawa and Florida A+M University respectively. Returning to Canada to complete his bachelor’s degree majoring in psychology, resulted in also winning a National Championship in football with University of Manitoba Bisons undefeated (12 wins – 0 losses) 2007 dynasty.
JC used his educational background in psychology and further training in Applied Counselling to work closely with high-risk youth in Winnipeg and was a strong source of guidance and support for disenfranchised youth and those coming from backgrounds of trauma. Providing crucial support and stability as a psychologist, primary care-giver and mentor was fulfilling for JC, who has always been very passionate about helping youth and empowering those that need strength to move forward.
In 2012, JC returned to Ottawa to help the University of Ottawa GeeGees football staff as a video coordinator, while serving a double-duty for the Men’s soccer team as Strength and Conditioning Coach. During his time in Ottawa, JC trained consistently with local athletes and coaches and went on to compete in a number of professional combines in Canada and the US before heading to US to pursue a professional opportunity.
While in the US, JC signed multiple contracts in professional arena football for the Miami Valley Thunder and the Dayton Sharks before being picked up by former NFL Pittsburgh Steeler, Lamonte Coleman, owner of the Marion Blue Racers in Ohio. JC was a dynamic playmaker in arena football at receiver and special teams earning “Player of the Game” with 2 touchdowns in his first professional contest in Ohio, where he remained for duration of the season.
JC competed at a very high level in US receiving invites to play in All Star formats like the 2014 All-American Bowl in Dallas, Texas in December and the 2014 Casino Bowl in Las Vegas in April. JC went on to attend a number of professional scouting combines in Ohio before being contacted by the Cincinnati Bengals of the NFL, who were discussing the possibility of an NFL Practice Roster contract which did not come to fruition.
JC was then drafted by the Western Michigan Mustangs of the Rivals Professional Football League, founded by Quentin Hines of the New England Patriots. The long commute and lack of team housing ended that scenario for JC who was still living in Ottawa, Ontario and traveling to Michigan to compete.
Back in Ottawa JC participated in a Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton recruitment and was selected to train at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, NY earning a position as a brakeman for Team Ontario Bobsleigh to team up for the season with Canadian Olympic Bobsled pilot Nick Poloniato. JC learned a lot from the inspired Canadian bobsleigh/skeleton community and still trains and competes in the Olympic sport of skeleton at the provincial level as a member of the Alberta Skeleton Association. (Conversely, JC earned 3 bronze medals in provincial skeleton competition in 2017 and 2018)
In 2014, JC stood out as a top performer at an Ottawa Redblacks CFL Tryout at Texas Christian University in Texas and narrowly missed signing a contract with his hometown team. Soon after, JC returned to Winnipeg and used his educational background in psychology and Applied Counselling to open and run his own government licensed foster home for high risk youth.
While providing quality care and dealing with the multi-faceted and crisis-based lifestyle of caring for high-risk youth 24 hours a day, JC would hire respite staff for 2 hours in the early morning (5am-7am) 4 days a week in order to keep attending his solo morning training sessions at the indoor track at the University of Manitoba. JC’s lifestyle and training are extremely physically active because of his passion for athletics and lifetime commitment to sport.
In 2017, JC signed a GFL contract overseas playing professional football in Germany and led the Bierbrech Beavers to an undefeated football Championship (10 wins – 0 losses) in the German Football League, a full 10 years after winning an undefeated National Championship Vanier Cup in Canada.
While overseas, JC also accepted a position as the Receiver Coach for Team USA Football as they competed against international competition at World Games 2017 in Wroclaw, Poland. JC was very involved in helping coach this team to a bronze medal and this historic moment was crowned by the fact that it was the 1st time ever in history that the sport of football was played internationally at the World Games.
JC enjoys developing committed players with Recruit Ready, Winnipeg’s competitive player development program led by a motivated group of Bisons National Champions and professional players. JC is an energetic player and coach who thrives from being in the mix and is known for running routes with local quarterbacks and receivers in his spare time. In May of 2018, JC traveled to Chicago to bring a group of football All Stars from Winnipeg to compete for Recruit Ready in the National IMG 7on7 Tournament.
In the spring of 2018 JC and his wife Leila Hardy returned to Saint John N.B. to open a gym on the west side of the city called Hardy Performance. JC and Leila are committed to bringing a strong fitness and performance culture to New Brunswick and inspiring the community through incentives rooted in health, fitness and a stimulated sport culture in the Port City.
In July of 2018, JC continued to forge new ground on the east coast by helping to host the first ever CFC100 Football Combine to be held in the maritimes assisting with combine set up and drills as well as coaching receivers and QBs in the Halifax, NS combine.
In August, JC hosted his own JC Hardy Football Skills Development 7on7 Camp. This sports camp was the 1st football-specific day camp at the University of New Brunswick’s Canada Games Stadium. A great turnout of players and supportive parents made the event a huge success with players travelling from as far as Moncton to attend.
JC has also been asked to help the UNBSJ SeaWolves Football as a guest coach/mentor to the program to gradually develop a stronger football culture and move towards eventually becoming a more competitive team with more involvement from university student-athletes.
Football NB and JC Hardy were in discussions as well and held interviews about JC becoming the next Technical Director of Football NB. For both family and business reasons, however, the return to Ottawa presented other options and JC continues to root for New Brunswick stating that the provincial program where he started his journey is in good hands and he plans to support the program when future opportunities for youth development arise.
JC earned his NCCP certifications for Receiver Coach, Safe Contact and QB development from Football NB and is currently studying Sports Performance at the National Academy of Sport Medicine.
In October of 2018, Hardy Performance took ownership of an online fitness/nutrition company called Love Yourself Fit at loveyourselffit.ca and have been sharing their message of self-love and empowerment with members all over Canada. Providing fitness and nutrition guidance while also providing the necessary psychological support to facilitate growth and change have become the cornerstones of LYF’s support systems.
The efficiency of LYF’s evolved software also allows Hardy Performance to provide an amazing “athlete-friendly” Athletic Development app that guides development with one-on-one guidance from JC while also providing full online support including video and detailed descriptions of every single exercise in every phase of development as well as daily logs to keep athletes motivated and track progress.
As a result of their growing interest in empowering life changes for online clientele and JC’s desire to continue athletic and professional quests, JC and Leila Hardy are returning to hometown Ottawa, Ontario. JC’s beloved father John Hardy passed away in Ottawa in 2016 and he was a huge fan of CFL football and the Ottawa Redblacks. JC remains hopeful that he will earn a supportive role in the organization and he continues to gain valuable experience.
JC’s competitive athletic resume is ongoing and he was recently honoured to be named to Team World 2019. JC will play both receiver and special teams for Team World against Team America in the Globe Bowl as they compete in front of fans and professional scouts in Philadelphia, PA in April.
JC was also recently brought onboard as Receivers Coach for Canada’s CFC100, where he will assist in selecting and developing Canada’s top football athletes as they prepare to compete in Canada’s first CFC100 Prospect Game in Ottawa in June. (This historic game will be televised on TSN.)
JC Hardy’s inspired professional improvement continues and he’s looking forward to using his international experience and passion for player development to contribute to growth in Ottawa, Montreal and New Brunswick.
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