Todd Hoffner
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamMinnesota State
Biographical details
Born (1966-06-17) June 17, 1966 (age 53)
Playing career
Head coaching record
Tournaments7–6 (NCAA D-II playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
1 WIAC (2001)
5 NSIC (2011, 2014–2015, 2017–2018)
76 NSIC South Division (2008–2009, 2011, 2014–2015, 2017–2018)
NCIS Coach of the Year (2009)

Todd Hoffner (born June 17, 1966) is an American football coach and former player. He is the current head football coach at the Minnesota State University, Mankato, a position he held from 2008 to 2011 and resumed in 2014. Hoffner was the head football coach at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire from 1999 to 2005. He was an assistant football coach at University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point from 1991 to 1998 and served as the offensive coordinator at the University of South Dakota from 2006 to 2007. Hoffner played college football and ran track at Valley City State University, from which he graduated in 1989. He is a native of Esmond, North Dakota.

In August 2012 Hoffner was charged by local authorities after a staff member at Minnesota State discovered videos of his naked children on a cell phone that was issued to Hoffner by the university. Hoffner was removed from his position as head football coach and placed on administrative leave. The charges were dismissed in December 2012. The judge who dismissed the charges ruled that the videos of the children amounted to nothing more than them acting silly after a bath.[1] Hoffner was later fired by Minnesota State. In January 2014, he was hired by Minot State University to serve as their head football coach.[2] In April 2014, Hoffner was reinstated in his position at Minnesota State after an arbitrator ruled in his favor.[3] Minnesota State destroyed notes from its controversial investigation of Hoffner, and the Minnesota legislative auditor’s office meanwhile said it was “surprised” that the school’s investigator, an affirmative action officer, “destroyed her contemporaneous interview notes” when she conducted an investigation for Richard Davenport, the college's president.[4][5] The school's investigator conducted flawed interviews in which questioning was not recorded or conducted under oath.[6][7]

Hoffner received Division II Region 5 Coach of the Year honors in December 2014 from the American Football Coaches Association.[8] Under Hoffner's guidance in 2014, the Minnesota State University Mavericks won their second consecutive NSIC Championship.[9]

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Wisconsin–Eau Claire Blugolds (Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) (1999–2005)
1999 Wisconsin–Eau Claire 2–8 2–5 T–6th
2000 Wisconsin–Eau Claire 6–4 4–3 4th
2001 Wisconsin–Eau Claire 8–2 5–2 T–1st
2002 Wisconsin–Eau Claire 8–2 5–2 2nd
2003 Wisconsin–Eau Claire 5–5 4–3 T–4th
2004 Wisconsin–Eau Claire 7–3 4–3 T–2nd
2005 Wisconsin–Eau Claire 6–4 5–2 2nd
Wisconsin–Eau: 42–28 29–20
Minnesota State Mavericks (Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) (2008–2011)
2008 Minnesota State 9–3 9–1 / 5–1 2nd / T–1st (South) L NCAA Division II First Round
2009 Minnesota State 10–2 9–1 / 6–0 2nd / T–1st (South) L NCAA Division II First Round
2010 Minnesota State 6–5 5–5 / 3–3 T–7th / 4th (South)
2011 Minnesota State 9–3 8–2 / 6–0 T–1st / 1st (South) W Mineral Water
Minnesota State Mavericks (Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) (2014–present)
2014 Minnesota State 14–1 11–0 / 7–0 T–1st / 1st (South) L NCAA Division II Championship
2015 Minnesota State 10–2 10–1 / 6–1 1st / T–1st (South) L NCAA Division II First Round
2016 Minnesota State 8–3 8–3 / 5–2 T–3rd / T–2nd (South)
2017 Minnesota State 13–1 11–0 / 7–0 1st / 1st (South) L NCAA Division II Quarterfinal
2018 Minnesota State 13–1 11–0 / 7–0 T–1st / 1st (South) L NCAA Division II Semifinal
Minnesota State: 92–21 82–13
Total: 134–49
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.


  1. Eder, Steve (December 5, 2014). "Fighting His Way Back; Todd Hoffner Has Minnesota State Mavericks on Deep Run After Legal Battle". The New York Times. Retrieved December 22, 2014.
  2. "Minot State hires Todd Hoffner". Associated Press. January 30, 2014. Retrieved December 22, 2014.
  3. Schroeder, George (April 19, 2014). "Long road back to Mankato for Todd Hoffner". USA Today. Retrieved December 22, 2014.
  4. Kazsuba, Mike (October 24, 2014). "Auditor questions MSU-Mankato's investigative process in Hoffner case". Star Tribune. Retrieved October 24, 2014.
  5. Linehan, Dan (October 23, 2014). "Hoffner report doesn't find fault". Mankato Free Press. Retrieved October 23, 2014.
  6. Louwagie, Pam (October 24, 2014). "Auditor questions MSU-Mankato's investigative process in Hoffner case". Star Tribune. Retrieved October 24, 2014.
  7. Friedrich, Alex (October 23, 2014). "Report: Bungled coach firing shows MnSCU inquiry flaws". MPR News. Retrieved October 23, 2014.
  8. Christensen, Joe (December 8, 2014). "Kill, Hoffner and Jennison take home AFCA regional coach of the year honors". Star Tribune. Retrieved December 22, 2014.
  9. Mavericks, News (December 8, 2014). "Hoffner Named AFCA Region 5 Coach of the Year". Minnesota State University Mavericks News. Retrieved December 8, 2014.

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