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Hoffner addresses team at morning workout

January 30, 2014 - Staff Blog

Four weeks to the day after Paul Rudolph resigned, the Minot State football team has a head coach again.

Todd Hoffner, formerly the head coach at Northern Sun foe Minnesota State-Mankato, has agreed to become the 19th head coach in MSU history. The Minot Daily News reported the hiring first. He'll be introduced at a 3 p.m. press conference Thursday.

Hoffner said he has not signed a contract yet, but acknowledged he verbally accepted the position on Tuesday.

Donning a heather gray sweatshirt and navy sweatpants, Hoffner showed up for the Beavers' strength and conditioning workout at the MSU Dome Thursday morning. At exactly 6 a.m., players knelt at the south end of the Dome as their new head coach addressed his team for the first time.

"You guys don't know how freakin' good it feels," Hoffner opened his speech with.

The Esmond, N.D., native spoke to the team for three minutes. He told players he'll be "their guy" and closed with: "Let's not forget to have some fun, too."

Beforehand he introduced himself to a handful of players he did not meet during his on-campus interview Monday.

Follow Minot State beat writer Ryan Holmgren and The Minot Daily News sports desk on Twitter for updates.

—Ryan Holmgren

 
 

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Ryan Holmgren/MDN Todd Hoffner addresses the Minot State football team during its workout early Thursday morning.