The men’s T-Bird assistant coach is a force to be reckoned with.

Julie Beach

The men’s T-Bird assistant coach is a force to be reckoned with.

Cory Hoff is a determined and competitive individual that believes his love of basketball has prepared him for all venues of life.

He knew he wanted to coach basketball at the age of six when his dad installed a regulation height basketball hoop in their driveway.

This was just one of the ways Hoff’s dad encouraged him to stretch and work hard for the things he wanted in life.

Two years ago was a turning point for Coach Hoff.

He found himself working two full-time jobs and taking on a full load at ASU with several hours of drive time that added to an already chaotic work load.

It became too much and Hoff dropped out of school.

With solid support and motivation from his wife and little girl, Hoff turned his momentary loss into a life-affirming win.

He came to MCC to intern through a basketball scholarship, head coach Sam Ballard mentored Cory and pointed him in a more focused direction.

Coach Ballard said Hoff’s success in the program is partially due to his willingness to take responsibility for behind-the-scenes functions.

Hoff’s recruiting capabilities are a vital component in the victory of the program.

Ballard said winning isn’t possible without a good team.

Coach Hoff said there are three key ingredients to his rebound, “First thing to remember is preparation breeds confidence. Next, take a moment to view the big picture. Lastly, refuse to take ‘no’ for an answer.”

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