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April 8, 2013

CISD tabs Del Rio's Hoffman to lead football program

Corsicana — If Steve Hoffman was going to leave a football program he loved, one he turned around from ground up, it was going to be for a town that was steeped in gridiron tradition.

That brings the 43-year-old Hoffman to Corsicana, where on Monday he was hired as head coach of the second winningest Class 4A program in state history. Hoffman was presented to Corsicana ISD school board by superintendent Dr. Diane Frost on Monday night and unanimously voted on to be the next coach of the Tigers.

Hoffman replaces Phil Castles, who left Corsicana in late February for Class 3A Henderson after four straight playoff appearances with the Tigers.

Hoffman comes from Class 5A Del Rio, where he led the Rams to five consecutive playoff appearances after missing out his first season. He had a 47-24 record there overall.

“This is a tremendous opportunity,” Hoffman said. “Corsicana has a great tradition. Corsicana is a great town. It’s a great community. Opportunities like this don’t come around very often. I’m fortunate that Dr. Frost and and the search committee did the research they did.”

Frost formed a search committee last month and they poured over resumes and interviewed several candidates. They got down to three finalists, and Hoffman, who made a big impression on the committee, was the final pick.

“I look forward to our players meeting Coach Hoffman,” Frost said. “He has a proven record of success and the ability to recruit and retain athletes, beginning in middle school.

“He and his family will be an asset to our district and our community.’

Hoffman has been the head coach at Del Rio for the last six years. He was the 29-5A Coach of the Year last season as Del Rio made it to the third round of the playoffs.

Del Rio was Hoffman’s first head coaching job. The Rams had 27 juniors and seniors in the football program when he took over, and Del Rio went 3-7. Hoffman leaves with more than 100 players in the program.

“We walked into a situation where the program was down,” Hoffman said. “We had to go find kids to come out. The coaches did a great job.”

Hoffman came up through the coaching ranks, making stops at Cleburne, Marion and then his alma mater Schertz Clemens, where he was the defensive coordinator for two seasons.

He brings a defensive mindset, but said he will have offensive and defensive coordinators and focus on being the head coach. The Tigers will run a Spread offense, but be in a two-back set often. Del Rio had a 2,100-yard rusher last year.

Hoffman believes in being balanced on offense and utilizing the talent however it fits, running or passing. He’s old school and believes in being hard-nosed, an important part of the Corsicana football tradition.

“I believe in it,” Hoffman said. “We want to be the most physical team in the district.”

The Tigers will run a 4-3 defense. Del Rio allowed 22.5 points per game last season. Offenses have become more and more explosive in the last decade, but Hoffman said his staff will get players ready to play.

“We will play good defense,” Hoffman.

Hoffman and his wife Emily have five children — Sarah, who is a freshman in high school, son Blake who plays football, basketball and baseball, daughter Caroline, a fourth grader and twins Tyler and Braden who will be in kindergarten next year.

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