Mercer hires Hoffman to replace Slonaker as coach

Updated: March 27, 2008, 2:09 PM ET
Associated Press

MACON, Ga. -- Bob Hoffman, who has been successful as a college and minor-league professional coach, became men's basketball coach at Mercer University on Thursday.

He succeeded Mark Slonaker, whose contract was not renewed after going 11-19 this season and 6-10 in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Slonaker coached the Bears for 11 seasons beginning in 1997 and had a 128-189 record.

Hoffman has a 400-171 coaching record at Texas-Pan American and Oklahoma Baptist, his alma mater. He also guided the ABA Arkansas Aeros to a 25-2 record in 2006-07 and had a 17-29 mark with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, an NBA Development League franchise.

He also did a three-year stint with the Southern Nazarene women's team, compiling an 88-16 record and capturing the 1989 NAIA national title in his second season.


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