Bob Hoffman (basketball)

Bob Hoffman (born July 18, 1957) is an American college basketball coach who is currently the head coach at the University of Central Oklahoma.[2] He is a graduate of Putnam City High School in Warr Acres, Oklahoma and went to Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee to play basketball. He met his wife there and after graduation he was hired at Piedmont High School in Piedmont, Oklahoma just northwest of Oklahoma City. He was then hired as the head women's basketball coach at Southern Nazarene University, where his team won the NAIA national championship in 1989. From there he returned to his alma mater as men's coach for the following ten years.

Bob Hoffman
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Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamCentral Oklahoma
ConferenceThe MIAA
Biographical details
Born (1957-07-18) July 18, 1957 (age 62)[1]
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Alma materOklahoma Baptist University
Playing career
1975–1979Oklahoma Baptist
Position(s)Guard / Forward
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1981–1985Piedmont High School
1987–1990Southern Nazarene (women)
1990–19993 Oklahoma Baptist
1999–2004Texas-Pan American
2004–2006Oklahoma (asst.)
2006–2007Arkansas Aeros
2007–2008Rio Grande Valley Vipers
2019–presentCentral Oklahoma
Head coaching record
Overall513–308 (.625)
Accomplishments and honors
CIT championship (2012)
A-Sun regular season championship (2013, 2014)
A-Sun Tournament championship (2014)
2x A-Sun Coach of the Year (2013, 2014)

From OBU he was the coach at University of Texas-Pan American then back to Oklahoma where he served as an assistant to Kelvin Sampson at the University of Oklahoma until Sampson was found to have committed numerous NCAA violations.[3] After an investigation of the entire coaching staff, Hoffman was cleared by the NCAA of any wrongdoing,[4] and parted ways with the program. Prior to his role at Mercer University, Hoffman went on to coach in the American Basketball League and the NBA Development League. He was hired on March 27, 2008 to replace Mark Slonaker. He led Mercer to the 2012 Tournament championship as well as the University's first NCAA Tournament victory in an upset of No. 6 Duke on March 21, 2014.

Hoffman won his 400th game as a men's college coach when Mercer defeated Lipscomb University on January 26, 2013.[5][6] With the victory, Hoffman is 488–239 as a men's and women's college coach. In addition, he previously served as head coach of the Arkansas Aeros in the American Basketball Association and of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the NBA Development League. Coach Hoffman holds the distinction of being the first coach in NCAA Division I Men's basketball history to post a victory in each of the collegiate post season basketball tournaments. He later coached at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia from 2008 to 2019.[7].[8]

Hoffman is a Christian.[9] Hoffman and Mercer President William D. Underwood are both graduates of Oklahoma Baptist University.

Hoffman ended his tenure at Mercer with a record of 203–152 (.572).

Head coaching recordEdit

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Southern Nazarene Crimson Storm (Sooner Athletic Conference) (1987–1990)
1987–88 Southern Nazarene 21–11
1988–89 Southern Nazarene 36–2
1989–90 Southern Nazarene 31–3
Southern Nazarene: 88–16 (.846)
Oklahoma Baptist Bison (Sooner Athletic Conference) (1990–1999)
1990–91 Oklahoma Baptist 15–17
1991–92 Oklahoma Baptist 16–17
1992–93 Oklahoma Baptist 34–4
1993–94 Oklahoma Baptist 30–7
1994–95 Oklahoma Baptist 28–6
1995–96 Oklahoma Baptist 29–7
1996–97 Oklahoma Baptist 36–4
1997–98 Oklahoma Baptist 24–9
1998–99 Oklahoma Baptist 31–7
Oklahoma Baptist: 242–79 (.754)
Texas–Pan American Broncs (Independent) (1999–2004)
1999–00 Texas-Pan American 12–16
2000–01 Texas-Pan American 12–17
2001–02 Texas-Pan American 20–10
2002–03 Texas-Pan American 10–20
2003–04 Texas-Pan American 14–14
Texas-Pan American: 68–77 (.469)
Mercer Bears (Atlantic Sun Conference) (2008–2014)
2008–09 Mercer 17–15 11–9 5th
2009–10 Mercer 16–17 10–10 6th
2010–11 Mercer 15–18 11–9 5th
2011–12 Mercer 27–11 13–5 2nd CIT Champions
2012–13 Mercer 24–12 14–4 1st NIT Second Round
2013–14 Mercer 27–9 14–4 T–1st NCAA Round of 32
Mercer Bears (Southern Conference) (2014–2019)
2014–15 Mercer 19–16 12–6 3rd CBI Quarterfinals
2015–16 Mercer 19–15 8–10 7th CIT First Round
2016–17 Mercer 15–17 9–9 6th
2017–18 Mercer 19–15 11–7 T–4th CBI Quarterfinals
2018–19 Mercer 11–19 6–12 6th
Mercer: 209–164 (.560) 119–85 (.583)
Central Oklahoma Bronchos (Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association) (2019–present)
2019–20 Central Oklahoma 0–0 0–0
Mercer: 0–0 (–) 0–0 (–)
Total: 608–335 (.645)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "NCAA® Career Statistics".
  2. ^ "Bob Hoffman Introduced as Head Coach". Central Oklahoma Bronchos athletics. August 5, 2019. Retrieved August 5, 2019.
  3. ^ Mercer Bears coach Bob Hoffman took the long, winding road to NCAA stage[permanent dead link]. Alexander, Chip. The News & Observer (Raleigh), 22 March 2014
  4. ^ "Attorney: Former OU assistant 'pleased' with outcome". ESPN. Associated Press.
  5. ^ "News from Macon and Warner Robins, GA, and beyond – The Telegraph".[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "News from Macon and Warner Robins, GA, and beyond – The Telegraph".[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Mercer men's basketball coach Bob Hoffman fired after losing season". macon. Retrieved 2019-03-11.
  8. ^ AP. "Mercer hires Hoffman to replace Slonaker as coach". ESPN. Retrieved 12 October 2010.
  9. ^ "Bob Hoffman, Mercer University".