Bob Hoffman, inducted 2017
|Bob Hoffman completed his ninth season as men’s basketball head coach at Mercer University back in March. During his tenure, the program has enjoyed more success on the hardwood than any other nine-year period in Mercer history. His overall record with the Bears is 179-130 and his 179 wins are the second most all time, trailing only Bill Bibb, who holds the record with 222. Hoffman was named Atlantic Sun Conference Coach of the Year in 2013 and 2014 after guiding Mercer to regular-season A-Sun titles both seasons. His 2014 team also won the A-Sun tournament title, which earned it a berth in the NCAA Tournament where it upset Duke University in a second-round game, 78-70. Wins over power conference teams have been the norm for Hoffman during his time in Macon. In addition to Duke, his teams have beaten Alabama (twice), Auburn, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas and Seton Hall among others In addition to the NCAA Tournament, Mercer has played in the four other postseason tournaments, winning the CIT in 2013. Mercer is the only team to post a win in each of the four postseason events. Hoffman, an Oklahoma native, is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University. His college coaching resume includes stops at Southern Nazarene, where he won a national women’s championship, Oklahoma Baptist and Texas Pan American. He also was an assistant at the University of Oklahoma under Kelvin Sampson. Hoffman coached professionally for the Arkansas Aeros in the American Basketball League and for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on the NBA D-League.|
Joe Dupree holds the distinction of being the only football player to start a game at quarterback at both the University of Georgia and at Georgia Southern. Following a banner All State high school career at Southwest High School where he passed for more than 33 hundred yards and 23 touchdowns and rushed for 1,809 yards and 22 touchdowns in three season, he signed a football scholarship with Georgia where he spent wo season before transferring to Southern. He played in five games with the Bulldogs. At Southern Joe was a three year letter winner for the Eagles helping lead them to a Southern Conference Championship and an NCAA Division I AA playoff berth.
His statistics at Southern show 951 yards rushing and 11 touuchdowns and 914 yards passing and 7 touchdowns.
Joe got into the coaching ranks in 2000 starting at Twiggs County High School as an assistant. He also worked as an assistant in football and head boys basketball coach at Rutland from 2003 until 2005 and at Westside High School from 2005 until 2012. He got his first head coach job at Henry County in McDonough in 2012 and after one season there returned to Macon at Southwest High School where he serves at Head Football Coach and Athletics Director.(more)
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