After nearly a month of searching that included over 100 applicants, Minot State University has named a new head football coach. Former Minnesota State-Mankato football coach Todd Hoffner was introduced as the 20th head coach today in MSU history.
The Esmond, North Dakota native brings with him a successful record at the NSIC level but has been out of the coaching ranks since he was dismissed by the MSU-Mankato during the 2012 season for a misinterpretation of images found on a cell phone.
Todd Hoffner, MSU Football Coach:Back in the coaching world and back in the coaching arena and that's a very exciting thing for me. I've been away from the game for far too long and it's something that I've done for 25 years of my life and I'm happy to be back. I had an opportunity to borrow one of the coaches whistles today, I didn't put it in my mouth but I did borrow his whistle and had an opportunity to put it around my neck and if felt awfully good. It felt good to be back in the arena, back in the coaching profession, something that I love so dearly and I truly want to help every young man that's in the program now and all the future young men that choose Minot State as their destiny to fulfill their education and also fulfill their eligibility.
Hoffner won 3 division titles while at Mankato State and is committed to putting quality athletes on the field but foremost wants "character" to be the cornerstone of his team.
Hoffner:We're going to put out a good product but we're going to put a lot of quality people in the classroom. We're going to put a lot of quality people on those football fields and most importantly we're going to build tremendous character. Character enrichment is something that I pride myself on in trying to teach these young men to elevate their game to be better than they ever thought they could be on their own.
Although Hoffner had almost immediate success at Mankato State he feels a 3 to 5 year timetable is what is needed to build a similar program at Minot State.
It's going to take some time but in 3 to 5 years, hopefully we will be to the destination and the place not only within the conference but hopefully nationally where we belong and elevate this program to a higher level.
The new football coach replaces Paul Rudolph who resigned earlier this month after 7 seasons with the school to take the offensive coordinator position at the University of North Dakota. National signing day for college football players is next Wednesday.