What does a former wrestling All-American and the 2005 Wimbledon doubles champion have in common?
The answer may seem complex, but it’s actually pretty straightforward; they’re both on their way to Blacksburg to join Hokie coaching staffs.
David Hoffman, a Tech wrestling alumni, and Stephen Huss, an 11-year professional tennis player, will be coming aboard as assistant coaches for their respective sports after they were both hired in late June.
“We always want to keep Hokies in Blacksburg, and it’s great to get a guy that has such a tremendous passion for wrestling,” said Kevin Dresser, head wrestling coach.
Hoffman graduated from Tech in 2006, but spent his first six years out of college as an assistant coach at Bucknell. He primarily coached lightweight wrestlers for the Bison, in addition to recruiting responsibilities, and he plans to continue this kind of work with the Hokies.
“I spent the first part of my career at a small school, so it’s been great to see all the things a big school like Virginia Tech has to offer,” Hoffman said. “It’s a real privilege to be part of something we started a long time ago.”
Huss, a native of Bendigo, Australia, had no previous ties with the university, but is looking forward to joining Tech all the same.
“I stopped playing professionally last year, so the thought of coaching in a team environment really appealed to me,” Huss said. “When the Virginia Tech job came open, I was drawn to such a good program in such a competitive conference.”
Tennis coaches found his professional experience particularly enticing.
“(Huss) knows people all over the world, and he understands what college tennis is about,” said Jim Thompson, the men’s tennis head coach. “When he expressed interest in this opening, we really went after him hard.”
Hoffman’s playing experience will be similarly valuable for his new role, considering that he qualified for the NCAA Championships four times and compiled a career record of 116-32. His knowledge should prove particularly helpful as he mentors players like 2012 ACC champion Devin Carter.