Tom Hofman Named Inaugural Women’s Ice Hockey Coach
For Immediate Release
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Director of Athletics Paul Lowden is pleased to announce the hiring of Tom Hofman as the University’s inaugural head coach of the Women’s Ice Hockey Program. Hofman previously was an assistant coach for the ACHA D1 men’s program at Davenport University and also spent two seasons as an assistant women’s hockey coach at Grand Valley State University. Hofman will be charged with starting the program that will compete at the ACHA D1 women’s level.
“We are very excited to add Women’s Hockey to our plethora of athletic programs offered at Davenport University, said Lowden. With the success of both our Men’s ACHA DI (formerly DII) and Men’s ACHA DIII program, it is a natural fit for us to complement those programs with Women’s Hockey at the ACHA DI level.”
Tom Hofman originally came to Davenport before the 2011-12 season as an assistant coach under Phil Sweeney in the men’s ACHA D1 program. Under Sweeney, Hofman worked primarily with the forwards in practice and sent out the line combinations during games. Hofman came to Davenport after coaching two years at his alma mater of Grand Valley State University. As an assistant for the GVSU Women's ACHA D1 team, Tom helped lead the Lakers to a combined regular season record of 33-21-2 and two National Tournament appearances, including the program's first in 2008-09.
“First of all I'd like to thank Paul Lowden and the entire organization for showing confidence in me, said Hofman. Being a part of the Davenport head coaching staff is an honor for me. The success DU has had sets high expectations. It is the opportunity I have been waiting for, but the hard work of recruiting and building a team begins today.”
Hofman has also been involved with the State Games of Michigan (an event sponsored by the West Michigan Sports Commission) from the beginning. As Head Coach of District 6, Hofman has led his Bantam teams to a combined 9-1 record, earning the tournament's first gold medal in 2011 and bronze in 2012.
“Adding Women's Hockey to the mix was only a matter of time for Davenport University Hockey, said Hofman. With the number of youth female hockey players increasing in Michigan, these female students will need a place to play. We can now provide another option for them. Davenport fully supports their athletics which translates directly in the success we have had here throughout the entire athletic department. Everything here is done right, that's what excites me.”
The program will begin its inaugural year in 2013-14 and compete at the ACHA D1 level and against teams from around the Great Lakes region including Grand Valley State, Michigan, Michigan Stats, Robert Morris (Ill.), Northern Michigan, Central Michigan, Miami (Ohio), Ohio State and Adrian.
“First things first. Recruiting, recruiting, recruiting, added Hofman. A first year team presents unique challenges. We cannot play if we don't have students. The girls Tier 1 AAA showcases here in Michigan, female tournaments in MA and CT, boarding schools and teams in Ontario will be my focus. Getting 1 or 2 NCAA transfer players would make this team competitive right away at the ACHA D1 level.”