East­side gets new coach

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - SHAKEEM HOLLOWAY shol­loway@cov­news.com

The Troy Hoff era be­gins at East­side

The Rick Hurst era of East­side foot­ball has come to an end and a new era has be­gan – the Troy Hoff era.

Hoff was an­nounced as the new head coach on Wed­nes­day. He’ll be a familiar face to play­ers and the staff, as Hoff has served as an as­sis­tant of some sort on Hurst’s staff for the last 10 of his 14 years at East­side. Hoff has run the gaunt­let of as­sis­tant coach­ing po­si­tions be­fore fi­nally tak­ing over as a head coach for the first time in his ca­reer. The num­ber of po­si­tions Hoff has served in in­clude: spe­cial teams co­or­di­na­tor, run­ning backs coach, JV head coach and of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor, var­sity of­fen­sive line coach and as­sis­tant head coach.

The re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of a head coach are end­less, es­pe­cially in high school. Deal­ing with play­ers, par­ents and staff can be a daunt­ing task, but it’s one Hoff is ready for.

“I can’t tell peo­ple just to go see coach Hurst. I can’t pass it off any­more,” Hoff joked.

“You re­al­ize that now you’re re­spon­si­ble for the play­ers, and the staff,” he added. “They’re prob­lems be­come your prob­lems. Their con­cerns are now your con­cerns. It’s a lot more to be aware of. Not that you don’t have that as an as­sis­tant coach, but I think as a head coach I look at it as my re­spon­si­bil­ity to be aware of all that and ob­vi­ously it’s my job to take care of it and help when we do have prob- lems in any of those ar­eas. Whether it be aca­demic, so­cially, kids got things go­ing on at home, just a lot more.”

Hoff echoes the sen­ti­ment of car­ing for play­ers’ on and off the field that Hurst did when he was in charge. Hoff says he wants to hold his play­ers accountable in the class­room, in train­ing, and on and off the field.

“I want to be a coach that has high ex­pec­ta­tions for our young men. As a pro­gram that re­flects that, I want to be the kind of coach that pushes them to reach their full po­ten­tial,” Hoff said. “I think if we can do that for our young peo­ple in all ar­eas then we’re on to some­thing.”

Hoff has an ex­pe­ri­enced foot­ball back­gorund. He was a run­ning back in col­lege at North­ern State Uni­ver­sity in Aberdeen, South Dakota, be­fore be­com­ing an As­sis­tant Coach there.

Hoff says his knowl­edge of the of­fense got him his first coach­ing job with his alma mater. He knew the sys­tem well – the pro­tec­tions, the run­ning game and the pass­ing game – and it got him a job as a quar­ter­backs coach. There he learned a lot from the of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor. Hoff says it was an eye- open­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for him, it taught him

TROY HOFF

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