Joining the University of Central Oklahoma in 2019 is longtime Division I head basketball coach, Bob Hoffman, who was named head men's basketball coach at Central in August 2019.
Hoffman comes 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.
Hoffman brings over 600 career victories to Central Oklahoma.
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 men's 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 takes over the reins of a Central Oklahoma program looking to continue what has historically been a notable program. UCO has won over 1,300 games in its illustrious history that includes 22 conference or division championships and 17 national tournament appearances.
Hoffman has been married for 40 years to Kelli, a double UCO graduate. They have one married son.
Daniel Wheeler is in his sixth year as an assistant men's basketball coach at the University of Central Oklahoma. Wheeler helped UCO to the 23rd 20-win season in school history in 2017-18 as the Bronchos went 20-10 and advanced to the semifinals of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Postseason Tournament. Central had records of 16-14 and 17-12 during Wheeler's two years as graduate assistant coach.
Daniel came to the Bronchos after spending the previous two years as student assistant coach at MIAA rival Missouri Western.
Wheeler worked three years before that as student manager/assistant coach at Northern Oklahoma-Tonkawa, helping the Mavericks to a best-year 27-4 record and conference championship during his last season.
A native of Burden, Kan., Daniel was a four-year standout in football, basketball and baseball at Central High School.