EDINBURG – UTRGV senior Mike Hoffman admits he’s not the Vaqueros’ go-to scorer. Instead, head coach Lew Hill calls Hoffman his ‘Renaissance Man’. That’s because Hoffman does a little bit of everything.
“I need to be able to rebound, need to play defense, need to shoot my shot when I have a shot to take,” said Hoffman. “I have to be able to knock shots down.”
“He just does everything that we ask him to do,” said Hill. “He talks and leads. He’s a quiet leader. I get him talking and communicating a little louder on the court. He’s a beautiful young man. I’m glad to have coached him.”
He’s a team captain, but his leadership doesn’t end there. The Burleson native is also the president of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, also known as the SAAC. This committee gives UTRGV’s 275 student athletes a voice.
“It’s taught me a whole lot,” said Hoffman. “Coach told me how to manage my time more effectively. To give my full effort to SAAC, to being a mentor, to school.”
So when he’s not playing basketball or studying, part of Hoffman’s job as SAAC president is to help his fellow UTRGV athletes have the best possible experience on campus. He’s already helped to get some things done.
“The water they had out at practice wasn’t getting filled every day,” said Hoffman. “So some of the tennis players brought that concern to us and we brought our concern up and it got fixed.”
The 6-foot-8 forward has set several goals for his final year at UTRGV. One of them is getting the Vaqueros to their first NCAA tournament.
If the team wants to get there, some good leadership is always a bonus.
The UTRGV men’s team hosts Our Lady of the Lake Tuesday night in their final non-conference game of the season.