Earlier this summer, Former McLouth girls head coach Troy Hoffman was named the new boys basketball coach for Atchison County Community High School for the upcoming season.
Hoffman had been the coach of the Bulldogs for two years before taking the Tiger job.
Hoffman said the toughness he saw from the ACCHS boys stuck out to him and attracted him to the new opportunity.
“I saw the boys play three times this year and I saw a lot of athletic ability,” Hoffman said. “What impressed me most about them is that they never quit.”
Hoffman said being able to coach a team with a never-give-in attitude later in his career was ideal for him.
“There were times where they were way down but like Rocky Balboa they were just able to get back off the mat and just keep fighting,” Hoffman said. “I’m at the later stages of my career and I wanted to coach another team like that one more time.”
Hoffman said he looks to bring a hardened level of experience to the team.
“I’m hopeful I can bring some experience,” Hoffman said. “I’ve been in some situations before similar to this. Hopefully with my experience coupled with the kids’ toughness we can make something happen.”
Hoffman will be the fifth coach for the incoming senior class which included two different coaches last season.
Hoffman said he is encouraged with the amount of trust he and the team seem to have at this point.
“For them to come in and trust another coach says a lot about the kids,” Hoffman said. “They are very coachable. When I ask them to go out and do something they try and do it.”
Hoffman said the summer was useful for figuring out just where players can fit into his scheme.
“This summer helped us a lot with figuring out what positions I can put the kids in to be successful,” Hoffman. “I put them in a lot of different positions this summer.”
Hoffman will also be joining his daughter Hannah Hoffman on the USD #377 staff who is the high school volleyball coach. Troy will be serving as the freshman coach in the volleyball program.
“The opportunity to teach with my daughter was also tough to pass up,” Hoffman said.