NEWPORT NEWS, VA. -- A long-time fixture on the sidelines for Apprentice School football, Paul Hoffmann was announced today as the new Head Football Coach at The Apprentice School by Director of Athletics Keisha Pexton.
"It was an easy decision to make. Paul Hoffmann is, hands down, the best fit to our football program," said Pexton. "His coaching experience and prior success at The Apprentice School speaks for itself. We are happy to have him back on our sidelines and we look forward to the success of Builder football under his leadership."
Hoffmann was the Head Coach of the Builders from 1990-97 during one of their most successful eras. His teams won 31 games including a pair of consecutive six-win seasons in 1992 and 1993. In 1993, a team that finished 6-2-1, they won their final six games and scored 292 points which is the second highest total in school history.
"It's easy to come back to a school and a program you care so much about when you're surrounded by a ton of support as we have here," said Hoffmann. "From Everett Jordan, Director of the Apprentice School, to Athletic Director Keisha Pexton, to Manager of Student Services Phil Janaro, to my former Defensive Coordinator and now Associate Athletic Director Mark Tomlin, they've all pledged their total support."
A native of Norfolk, VA, Hoffmann served as an Assistant Coach twice after his head coaching stint. He first coached under Janaro in 1987 serving as his defensive coordinator and then again when Janaro returned from 2002-2007. During the 2008 and 2009 seasons, he served as the Special Teams Coordinator. Through his coaching tenure at The Apprentice School, he has had a hand in nearly 80 Builder victories.
A coaching resource that Hoffmann plans to have available for his players, current and future, are the vast amount of former football alumni that have used The Apprentice School to not only further their education but establish a successful career. "We are blessed to have so many alumni that have gone on to have successful careers within the company. From Tomlin, to Travis Reid, to Jermaine Bellamy, to Tommy Schuster and Herb Fields, Strength Coach at The Apprentice School, to name a few, each have demonstrated success as an athlete and how it can parlay into a leadership role with the company," he said. "These types of role models will help keep the players focused on the purpose of their education here at The Apprentice School."
Hoffmann was a 1981 graduate of The College of William & Mary where he was a standout offensive tackle in his playing days. He served as a graduate assistant coach at the school prior to coming back to the Builders in 1990.
The Apprentice School provides high quality, comprehensive four and five-year apprentice programs for students interested in shipbuilding careers. Since 1919, the school's programs have produced over 9,000 graduates in support of the operational needs of Huntington Ingalls Industries Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va. For additional information on the school, visit www.apprenticeschool.com. For additional information on the athletic program, visit www.gobuilders.com.