In sports, especially at the high school level, the experiences of playing mean much more than the end result of a win or a loss. This, however, does not mean that milestones should not be celebrated.
With a 21-20 win for Class 2A Platte Valley over Kent Denver on Saturday, Bronco head coach Troy Hoffman reached the 100-win milestone in his career as head coach. With the limited number of games played in any given football season, the 100-win mark is worthy of recognition as it can only be achieved with sustained success over a long period of time.
That’s why Hoffman has been selected as this week’s Denver Broncos High School Coach of the Week.
Hoffman has had a lot of success with his Broncos during his 13-year head coaching career. As head coach, his team won the 2013 2A soccer championship and has finished runner-up three other times under his guidance. Now 1-0 on the season and ranked No. 5 in the CHSAA Coaches Poll, Platte Valley looks to return to the top of the 2A rankings this season.
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Troy Hoffman Biography
Years as Platte Valley head coach (record): 13 seasons (100-35)
Previous experience as a coach: Coaching with Platte Valley since 2000. Started as track/football coach in high school. In 2002 he joined the HS staff as an assistant before being offered the HC position in 2010.
Ask: Why do you train?
Hoffman: I started out wanting to be a coach because of my love for the game. I had a coach in high school whose name is Jim Selke and his enthusiasm was something I hadn’t seen before. I knew then that I wanted to share my emotion just like he did with me. Once you start coaching, you find all the other opportunities to mentor and teach, beyond football. Coach Selke taught me the importance of the TEAM, responsibility to your team and the life lessons to be learned from that. I value trying to find a role for athletes to use their skills to help them be successful. Our players give me the opportunity to coach them on the field and guide them when they are not. The bond developed with players and fellow coaches are lifelong relationships that the Lord has blessed me with.
Q: Why do you train the way you train?
Hoffman: It starts and starts with building relationships. My friend and OC Dan Gehring and I helped start our youth program here in Kersey. We knew that for any foundation to start, it would have to come from the very first levels. This established the beginning of trust, learning and appreciation for playing in a TEAM sport. We began to see the level of understanding of the fundamentals of how to play grow and, in turn, increase in success and confidence. I’m still focused on building these relationships and trusting our players to create a culture of great effort and great character.
Q: What do you think it is like to be trained by you?
Hoffman: Positive and encouraging. Instill that commitment to the process and the team will achieve success. We know that PLAYING football is a privilege. Representing Platte Valley in the halls or on the field is something we all take pride in.
Q: What has been your favorite memory of being the HC at Platte Valley so far?
Hoffman: There are a lot of… It would have to be two moments, the 2007 state championship games (as an assistant) and 2013. Sharing those days with my kids playing (Michael 2007/Matthew 2013) and feeling the thrill that a Championship victory brings. State. Doing this with them, my family, PV families and our community was very special.
Q: What did it mean to you to reach the milestone of 100 wins?
Hoffman: It means I’ve had great coaches around me to help me reach this milestone. So many to be thankful for as this is never a one man job.
Q: What does the sport of football and this team mean to the city of Kersey?
Hoffman: My long-time assistant coach/OC Dan Gehring and I help grow the youth program in our community. Our vision was to have something that would teach things about this great game so that others would become as passionate as we were. We are all a city, a school, a team and we love how supportive the community is at all levels of soccer. It’s a big event at game nights here in Kersey, CO!
Q: With the recognition of the preseason ranking and the victory of week 1, what are the expectations for a program with such a rich history this season?
Hoffman: I talk to our team every chance I get to help them stay focused, to not take anything for granted because every win is a huge accomplishment. We know that there is still a lot of hard work to be done and we will use this as energy for game #2. History lays the foundation for each class to grow, it is the responsibility of the coaching staff to guide this team to cement its contribution to Platte Valley football history. I have the utmost confidence in our coaches to keep our student-athletes focused, to know the WHY and not just the HOW, and to keep the big picture in their focus. We strive to “Do things the right way!”