Job security is rarely an issue for a head coach whose team has won 27 and 24 games the past two seasons and rewritten postseason standards, as well as beaten programs from power conferences.
But an extension to a coach’s contract is always nice, and Mercer men’s basketball head coach Bob Hoffman certainly wasn’t turning down the one granted him recently, adding a year to his current pact to extend it through the 2017-18 season.
“It’s a great thing,” Hoffman said. “I’m excited for our staff and our program. Any time you get that opportunity to extend what you’re doing, that’s a great blessing.”
The announcement Friday was the latest in Mercer’s unofficial contract extension announcement week, coming one day after Craig Gibson in baseball and three after Bobby Lamb in football.
Women’s basketball head coach Susie Gardner’s addition came in September.
Hoffman’s sixth team at Mercer is 6-4 and returns to play on Monday night against visiting Alcorn State. He is 105-77 at Mercer, with an A-Sun regular-season championship, CollegeInsider.com tournament title and 1-1 record in the NIT.
If Hoffman stays at Mercer through the end of the updated contract, that would be his 10th season, the fourth-longest stretch of consecutive seasons for a men’s basketball head coach at Mercer, behind Bill Bibb (1974-89), Robert Wilder (1957-70) and Mark Slonaker (1997-2008). He is currently fourth in wins and third in winning percentage.
“It just speaks volumes about what we’re trying to accomplish,” Hoffman said. “It helps you in recruiting and every aspect of your program when they see those things happening for the person in charge. It makes everybody say, ‘Hey, there are good things going on.’
“We’ve been very fortunate. We’ve won a lot of games and had great players and graduating kids and doing the things we feel like represents a university like this at a high level in a great way.”