|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.