Robert Hoffman

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Coach Hoffman, a product of Prospect Park (Pa.) High School and Gettysburg College, took over as football coach at Newark High School in 1959. His record for 13 years was 93-24-2, including four
unbeaten seasons (three in a row), a .781 winning percentage. His 1966-68 teams were 28-0. Hoffman had four one-loss seasons and only two losing seasons. Newark, under Hoffman won six Blue Hen
Conference Flight “A” titles while his 1967 team ended Middletown High’s 53-game winning streak, a state record.  That team was in the midst of a 35 game winning streak, stretching over five
seasons, in the difficult Blue Hen Conference.  He was 1963 ” Delaware Coach of the Year”. In 1967 he was District 3 (Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and South
Carolina) National High School Athletic Coaches Association “Coach of the Year”. Hoffman turned out 18 First Team All-State players, He died March 15, 1972 at the age of 41 from an aneurism in
Newark’s gymnasium after lifting weights and playing basketball with his players and two of his three sons.



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