Coach Bob Hofman sits in his office, surrounded by photos of his players and teams over the years.
Saturday, November 19th, was a special day for Fort Lewis College -- and especially for the Hofman family.
On that day, Nick Hofman and his Skyhawk men’s soccer teammates defeated California State University-Los Angeles 2-0 to advance to the Final Four of the NCAA Division II soccer tournament -- which would lead to the program's third National Championship on Dec. 3.
Later that night, men's basketball coach Bob Hofman achieved a major milestone in his 24-year college coaching career, picking up his 400th collegiate victory with the Skyhawks’ 69-60 victory over Northeastern State University.
An amazing set of accomplishments for a father and son to get to share, right on the same campus.
"What we mostly share about those is that since then, he's older, and I'm older," jokes the elder Hofman. "I was particularly proud, though, of Nick. He came back from a serious injury to contribute this season."
Nick, the younger Hofman, is a Sophomore Business Administration major from Durango. The midfielder returned from a serious ankle injury earlier in the year to join the Skyhawks on their run toward the national title. The team went 24-1-0 on its way to their championship.
The championship was Nick's second -- he was also a redshirt freshman on the squad that won the Division II National Championship in 2009, going 24-1 and winning the RMAC tournament and regular-season crowns on the way.
2011-12 marks Coach Hofman's 16th season (his 12th consecutive, in this, his second stint at FLC) as head coach for the Skyhawks. His record at FLC is the best in school history, posting an overall record of 285-151 (.654 winning percentage) and a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference record of 189-85 (.690) as of the start of this season.
During his tenure in Durango, Hofman's squads have won three Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference regular season crowns, four RMAC postseason championships, six RMAC West Division trophies, and qualified for the NCAA Division II playoffs seven times.
And Hofman's outstanding work has received notice. Recently CollegeInsider.com columnist Jason Belzer listed Hofman among the Top 25 non-Division I head coaches in the country. This recognition is on top of his having earned a pair of RMAC Coach of the Year awards, and one RMAC West Division Coach of the Year accolades while with FLC.
Still, Coach Hofman himself isn't as impressed with those things as others seem to be.
"I'm not a person for stats," Hofman says. "What's most important to me is that all the players we in this program have been involved with, they all feel like they're part of every achievement. That's the thing we're most proud of. That, and that the people in this program who have experienced success here, carry that out into the world and into any endeavor."
Below are upcoming home games. All home games are in Whalen Gymnasium and are free to fans with a college ID.
12/30/2011 vs. Chadron State College, 7:30 p.m.
12/31/2011 vs. University of Nebraska-Kearney, 6 p.m.
1/13/2012 vs. Colorado Christian University, 7:30 p.m.
1/14/2012 vs. Colorado School of Mines, 7:30 p.m.
1/28/2012 vs. Adams State College, 7:30 p.m.
2/3/2012 vs. Western New Mexico University, 7:30 p.m.
2/4/2012 vs. New Mexico Highlands University, 7:30 p.m.
2/24/2012 vs. Western State College, 7:30 p.m.
2/25/2012 vs. Colorado Mesa University, 7:30 p.m.