NCHSAA Heritage: Marvin “Red” Hoffman

Throughout the course of the 2008-2009 academic year, we will seek to recognize some of the great names of the past to highlight the heritage of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association in honor of the Association’s 95th anniversary. In this edition we are pleased to recognize Marvin “Red” Hoffman of Wilkesboro.

“Red” Hoffman compiled an 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.

Hoffman was inducted into the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 1998.