MSU ready to work with Hoffner

Some met Todd Hoffner during his on-campus interview Monday and others didn’t get to shake their new coach’s hand until Thursday. The general consensus, though, is that the Beavers can’t wait to begin working with the former Minnesota State-Mankato coach.

“It’s good to finally meet him,” MSU sophomore quarterback Zac Cunha said. “Now we can get to work and get going.”

Hoffner observed the Beavers’ strength and conditioning workout early Thursday morning. He addressed the team for three minutes beforehand.

“He seems like a real organized type of guy,” sophomore wideout Porter Sturm said. “He’s gonna bring some good things to Minot State. I’m really excited to see what he’s gonna do with the program.”

It’s unclear if Hoffner will retain any of the current staff. Contracts among the remaining members of former coach Paul Rudolph’s staff vary.

“I’m in a process of working with quality professionals to try to attract them to Minot State to potentially be coordinators for the football program,” Hoffner said. “I don’t necessarily want to coordinate the offense, but if I have to I will.”

Hoffner spent two years as the offensive coordinator at University of South Dakota before helming the Mankakto program from 2008-2011.

Cunha said Hoffner hasn’t discussed the Xs and Os yet. During his introductory press conference Thursday afternoon, Hoffner offered this much: “We’re gonna be tough football players. We’re gonna be mentally, physically and emotionally tough.”

Said Cunha: “I haven’t heard about offensive style yet. I’ve heard he’s a very demanding coach, very hard-working. All the good stuff like that.”

MSU went 2-9 in 2013 and are still seeking their first winning record since becoming a full-fledged Division II school in 2012.

“I think he’s gonna do a lot here,” Sturm said. “I think he can change the program.”

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