Marvin “Red” Hoffman compiled a tremendous record as a head football coach and athletic administration during his career in Wilkes County. A graduate of Statesville High and Appalachian State University, Hoffman built powerhouses at Wilkesboro High (1948-52) and then at Wilkes Central (1952-76). His career football coaching mark was an incredible 178-98-7, and his teams won seven conference titles in addition to the 1962 Western North Carolina High School Activities Association crown. He coached in both the Shrine Bowl and the East-West all-star games. Hoffman served as athletic director for Wilkes County from 1976 until his retirement in ‘85. He is a member of the North Carolina High School Athletic Directors Association Hall of Fame and was the state athletic director of the year in 1978-79. The Wilkes Central field house was dedicated in his honor in 1993.