Hoffner, who has been the head coach at Wisconsin-Eau Claire for the past seven years, takes over a Coyote offense, which was the best in NCAA Division II, scoring 50 points and averaging 583.3 yards in total offense in 2005. He begins his duties at USD on Feb. 13.
Hoffner, who has a 46-28 career mark as a head coach, owns the best record in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) � one of the nation's top Division III leagues � over the past six years. He also has posted six consecutive conference winning records, compiling a 29-20 mark since 1999. Hoffner led UW-Eau Claire to a conference title in 2001 and his teams have been nationally ranked during each of the last five seasons, including as high as sixth in the nation.
"Anytime you can hire a head coach that has a record of success like Todd (Hoffner) in one of the best Division III leagues in the country, you feel good because he knows what it takes to win," said Meierkort, who owns an 18-4 mark in two seasons at South Dakota. "He brings a high level of administrative experience and football knowledge of how to run a program on a day-to-day basis. Todd has been extremely successful as a head coach and we feel he will be a great addition to our program," added Meierkort, who directed the Coyotes to a 9-2 record and a national ranking as high as third in 2005.
"I look forward to the opportunity to work with Coach Meierkort and his outstanding staff. This is a great chance to broaden my horizon as a coach and advance in my career," said Hoffner. "This is a good situation that I am coming into at USD. My main focus will be on coordinating a talented offense and help them sustain what they have put in place. I want to help the Coyotes win another conference title and advance to the playoffs," he said.