WILKESBORO—Marvin “Red” Hoffman, an outstanding head football coach and administrator and member of the North Carolina Highn School Athletic Association Hall of Fame, died at his home on Monday at the age of 90.
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 joined the NCHSAA Hall in the class inducted during the 1998-99 academic year and was the state athletic director of the year in 1978-79. The Wilkes Central field house was dedicated in his honor in 1993.
The funeral service will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at the Wilkesboro United Methodist Church with the Rev. Andrew Brown officiating. Burial, with full military honors by the U.S. Army, will be in Mountlawn Memorial Park.