Hoff steps down as coach at Winfield girls soccer
WINFIELD — Coaches who face Winfield High School’s girls on the soccer pitch will soon be looking at a new coach at the helm of one of the area’s most successful programs after Marshall Hoff announced he was stepping down from the post he’s held for 15 years.
Hoff first announced to his team before the season started that this could be his last.
He directed the Winfield Generals to the girls state soccer championships each year from 2012 through 2016 and had a state runner-up in 2011. The Generals made the state semifinals in 2018 and lost to eventual champion Robert C. Byrd, 3-2.
“This was my last season,” Hoff said. “It’s been 15 years now at Winfield. I’m not finished though.”
Hoff said although he no longer wanted to coach high school, he wants to continue coaching competitively with travel teams plus conducting youth camps.
He called the decision to step down “one of the toughest I’ve had to make.”
Hoff’s replacement hasn’t been named. Winfield athletic director Will Isaacs said Hoff’s resignation will have to be accepted by the Putnam County Board of Education. He anticipated that would be at the next meeting Dec. 3.
Once Hoff’s resignation is accepted the job can be advertised. Isaacs said the job likely would not be advertised until 2019, but would be posted sometime before spring break.
Isaacs praised Hoff for the standards he set in running the program and how well he treated the players.
“We look at the quality of the program, not just the five state championships and nine playoff appearances, but the culture of the program,” Isaacs said. “Whoever we interview will have big shoes to fill.”
Hoff’s players took news of the resignation hard.
“I was heartbroken,” said goalkeeper Emily Hudson. “He’s coached me since I was five years old. He’s left a great impact on the program.”