Minot State to hire Hoffner as head football coach

Minot State plans to hire former Minnesota State-Mankato coach Todd Hoffner, a source with knowledge of the situation told The Minot Daily News just after midnight Thursday. The source requested anonymity because the school plans to announce the hire at a 3 p.m. press conference on campus Thursday.

At the Beavers’ early morning workout Thursday, Hoffner confirmed the report.

Hoffner was named one of three finalists for the job last Wednesday and had his on-campus interview on Monday. The other finalists were Wayne State (Neb.) defensive coordinator Mike Aldrich and Wisconsin-Stevens Point offensive coordinator Aaron Vlcko.

Hoffner, an Esmond, N.D., native, coached the Mavericks from 2008-2012, compiling a 34-13 record. His team claimed the NSIC title in 2011, along with NSIC South Division championships in 2008 and 2009. He is a Valley City State alumnus.

“It’s a great opportunity for myself and my family to come here and hopefully grow professionally. It’s also a great challenge,” Hoffner said Monday during the community forum portion of his on-campus interview.

“I think some of the things that have happened in the past present a great opportunity for the next football coach. There’s tons of potential here in Minot and at Minot State for the athletic department.”

Hoffner will replace Paul Rudloph, who left MSU on Jan. 2 to be the offensive coordinator at University of North Dakota after serving a seven-year tenure. The Beavers went 2-9 in 2013.

Ryan Holmgren covers Minot State athletics and high school sports. Follow him on Twitter @ryanholmgren.