Bob Hoffman was named head men's basketball coach at Central in August 2019 and enters his fifth season leading the University of Central Oklahoma men's basketball program in 2023-24. One of the winningest coaches in college basketball history, Hoffman has added to his legacy with a resurgence of Broncho basketball.
Hoffman led Central Oklahoma to the 2021-22 MIAA regular season title - the first since joining the league in 2012 - and he was named MIAA Coach of the Year following the regular season. He guided the team to the MIAA Men's Basketball Championship semifinals before earning an at-large bid to the 2022 NCAA Division II national tournament. UCO made its 18th national tournament appearance in 2022 and the 13th since joining Division II.
Hoffman followed that up with another NCAA Division II national tournament appearance in 2022-23 as the Bronchos finished second in the MIAA regular season, made an appearance in the MIAA Basketball Championship finals, and earned an at-large bid to the national tournament. UCO went 26-6 this past season. The 26 wins rank third most in school history for any single season.
Central went 24-7 in 2021-22, including a stout 14-2 record at Hamilton Field House. The Bronchos knocked off eventual national champion Northwest Missouri at Hamilton in January, setting the stage for the run to the conference title. Hoffman coached four All-MIAA selections.
Hoffman led the Bronchos back to the MIAA tournament in his first season following a one-year absence from the postseason for UCO. Central went 11-17 in the regular season, 8-11 in league play, and drew the eighth-seed in the tournament before falling in the first round.
The Bronchos went 13-11 in 2020-21 and made the MIAA Tournament for the second season in a row under Hoffman's coaching. Central finished fifth in the league standings with a 12-10 record, then went on the road and beat Missouri Southern at their place in the conference tourney. UCO fell to eventual national champ Northwest Missouri in the MIAA Championship Semifinals.
Hoffman has a career record of 681-377.
Hoffman came to UCO from Mercer, where he led the Bears of Macon, Ga. to 209 wins in his 11-year stint there. He has coached at multiple levels, winning an NAIA national championship as a women's head coach, winning nearly 250 games as an NAIA men's head coach, assisting at the Division I level, and leading teams in the ABA and the NBA's Development League.
An Oklahoma City native, Hoffman played his high school basketball at Putnam City High School in the early 1970s. He then moved on to play collegiately at Oklahoma Baptist in Shawnee, Okla., where he would spend the next four years scoring more than 1,000 points. To this day, Hoffman still ranks among the all-time scoring leaders for the Bison.
Hoffman accepted his first head coaching job at Piedmont High School and coached there from 1982-86 while simultaneously attending graduate school at Central Oklahoma, earning his master of education in 1985.
After working with OBU as an assistant coach for a couple years, he took is first head coaching position at the college level at Southern Nazarene in 1987.
At SNU, Hoffman averaged 29 wins per season, going 88-16 in a three-year stretch. He took a program that never had a winning season and won a national championship in 1989, earning Sooner Athletic Conference, District 9, and NAIA Coach of the Year honors for his efforts.
Hoffman then returned to Shawnee to become the head coach at his alma mater and would soon leave a mark on the program still remembered today.
Now a member of the OBU Athletics Hall of Fame, Hoffman led the Bison from 1990-99 and won 243 games along the way. He led OBU to the national tournament six times and had three teams win 30 or more games. The Bison finished second in the national tournament in 1993 and 1997, while finishing third in 1994. He reached the Sweet 16 in 1996 and the Elite Eight in 1999.
Hoffman was named SAC Coach of the Year in 1993, 1996, and 1997. He was the District 9 Coach of the Year again in 1993, and earned National Coach of the Year honors for the second time in his career in 1993.
He moved on from OBU in 1999 to Texas Pan American and won 68 games there over the next five seasons. He guided the program to its first winning season in over ten years, and its first tournament victory over 15 years while also helping UTPA to its first ever national ranking.
After spending a few seasons as an assistant coach at Oklahoma, and leading the American Basketball Association's Arkansas Aeros and the NBA Development League's Rio Grande Valley club, Hoffman would move to Mercer University in Georgia and again, leave his mark on a program.
Hoffman won 209 games at Mercer from 2008-19, including 119 conference games. He led the Bears to its first ever NCAA Tournament win in 2014 – a major upset of Duke in the opening round of March Madness. And he also became the first coach in NCAA history to win a tournament game in all four Division I postseason tournaments in a four-year span.
Hoffman directed Mercer to six postseason appearances over the past seven seasons. He was named Atlantic Sun Coach of the Year three times during his tenure at Mercer.
Hoffman was awarded the FCA John Lotz National Basketball Coach of the Year in 2014.
Matt Mossman joined the UCO men's basketball coaching staff in 2021 and has helped guide the Bronchos to back-to-back national tournament appearances.
He spent his first season as the second assistant and was named a full-time assistant men's basketball coach in 2022.
Mossman spent the 2021-22 season in a part-time assistant coaching role, helping the Bronchos win the MIAA regular season championship. UCO won 24 games, won the league title for the first time since joining the MIAA in 2012, and returned to the NCAA tournament for the first time in over 10 years.
In 2022-23, Mossman helped Central win 26 games, the third-most in school history. The Bronchos finished second in the MIAA and were runners-up in the MIAA Basketball Championship before earning another at-large bid to the NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Championship for the second year in a row.
The Bronchos have a 50-13 record since Mossman joined the staff.
Mossman, from Norman, Oklahoma, is a Oklahoma graduate and has been affixed in programs with the Sooners and at Randall University in Moore.
Derek Tunstall, Assistant Coach
Derek Tunstall enters his second year with the Central Oklahoma men's basketball program serving as an assistant coach. The Mustang, Oklahoma native assists with the bigs on the floor, and also helps out in scouting, recruiting, and operations off the floor.
Tunstall went to Mustang High School and played basketball there before graduating in 2017. He's a Southern Nazarene alum with a finance degree (2020).
While in college, Tunstall had the chance to be an assistant coach at Mustang High School from 2018-21. He then joined the Oklahoma City University staff as an assistant in 2021-22.
Tunstall helped Central Oklahoma to a 26-6 season in 2022-23. The Bronchos finished second in the MIAA and runners-up in the MIAA tournament before making it to the NCAA touranment first round.
Tunstall is also pursuing his Master of Business Administration while working at UCO.
Callen Haydon, Assistant Coach
Callen Haydon joined the Central Oklahoma coaching staff in 2023 as an assistant coach. The former Broncho standout, record holder, and All-MIAA point guard works in player development for UCO.
Haydon spent three years at Central (2020-23) after the El Reno High School product transferred from Connors State College following his junior college tenure.
Haydon led Central Oklahoma to the 2022 MIAA Basketball regular season championship with an 18-4 record in the league. It was the first league title for the Bronchos since joining the MIAA in 2012.
Haydon averaged 15.0 points per game during his career that spanned 61 games. He was a 49.4 percent field-goal shooter and a 42.8 percent 3-point shooter. Haydon also logged an 89.3 career free-throw percentage mark and averaged 5.5 assists per game for his career.
His name appears in the Central Oklahoma record book several times. Haydon has single game records for best 3-point field-goal percentage (100 pct., 5-for-5) and best free-throw percentage (100 pct., 10-for-10). He set a single season record for free-throw percentage in 2021-22, making 114 of 124 attempts from the line during the season for a 91.4 percent mark.
Haydon’s 13 assists against Newman in 2021-22 are the fifth-most in any game by a Broncho. And his 182 assists that season are the fourth-most in any season by a Broncho.
Haydon earned All-MIAA honors in 2020-21 (Third Team) and 2021-22 (Second Team).
Jerry Wells, Character Coach
Macy McClendon, Director of Basketball Operations
Macy McClendon joined the Central Oklahoma men's basketball coaching staff in 2023 and assists in the day-to-day operations of the program.
A former student-athlete and a four-year letterwinner on the women's basketball team, McClendon handles travel, lodging, and dining operations for UCO. She also assists in daily practice plans.
McClendon played for Central Oklahoma from 2019-23 and helped the Bronchos reach the MIAA Basketball Championship in all four years.
A native of Severy, Kansas, McClendon grew up in Oklahoma and played for Cashion high school before finishing her high school career at West Elk in Kansas. Her sister (Megan) was her teammate on the women's basketball team from 2020-23.