A veteran coach with more than three decades in the collegiate ranks, Jim Hofher is in his first year as Nevada's assistant head coach. He will also coach the Wolf Pack's wide receivers. He joined the Wolf Pack staff in January of 2013 and the 2013 season will mark his 33rd year of coaching college football.
Hofher has served as a head coach twice during his career, leading the University at Buffalo for five seasons in 2001-05 and Cornell University for eight seasons in 1990-97. He holds the highest winning percentage by a coach in Cornell's modern history and he led Buffalo to the program's first-ever wins over opponents from the Big East (Rutgers and UConn), Conference USA (Central Florida) and independent schools (Army).
He comes to Nevada after serving the past four seasons as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Delaware. He tenure there included helping the Blue Hens to an appearance in the 2010 FCS National Championship game.
At Nevada, Hofher will serve as the team's assistant head coach and will guide the team's wide receivers. The Wolf Pack returns all three starters in the receiving corps in 2013, including senior Brandon Wimberly, who received a sixth season of eligibility due to medical hardship to return this year. Wimberly earned All-Mountain West first team accolades in 2012. He lead the team in catches (70) and yards (845) to go along with four touchdowns.
Hofher's unit also returns one of the breakouts from 2012 in junior Richy Turner, who caught 60 passes for 752 yards and three touchdown in his first year with the program. The third returning starter is Aaron Bradley, who caught 45 passes for 467 yards and four scores last year.
A host of returners, including senior Joseph Huber and sophomore Dominic Coulter, also are back for Hofher and the Pack.
Prior to his tenure at Delaware, Hofher served as quarterbacks coach at Bowling Green State University during the 2008 campaign under coach Gregg Brandon. During the 2007 season he worked as a color analyst for ESPN Regional Television.
Hofher was the head coach at Buffalo from 2001-2005, where he hired a young Brian Polian to coach running backs and serve as the special teams coordinator (2001-03). Prior to that, he was the quarterbacks coach at Syracuse (2000) and North Carolina (1998-99) after a successful eight-year run as the head coach of Cornell.
He posted a record of 45-35 while at Cornell, including a mark of 33-23 in Ivy League play. The 33 league victories are the most of any Cornell head coach in program history and his winning percentage of .589 also ranks No. 1.
During his tenure as head coach, the Big Red played for two league titles, winning one, and set 170 team or individual records for game, season and career standards at Cornell. In addition, he had two players selected in the NFL Draft and two players sign NFL free agent contracts.
Hofher has also been an assistant coach at Wake Forest (1983-86), Miami (Ohio) (1981-82), Tennessee (1989) and Syracuse (1987-88). He was the quarterbacks coach at Tennessee in 1989 when the Volunteers won the Cotton Bowl and were SEC tri-champions. He mentored former NFL quarterback Andy Kelly while at Tennessee.
Prior to his stint at Tennessee, he served three seasons as running backs coach at Wake Forest from 1983-86 prior to his first appointment at Syracuse. Hofher's first full-time collegiate coaching experience was at Miami where he served as the quarterbacks and wide receivers coach from 1981-82.
During his collegiate coaching career, Hofher has coached in five bowl games (Cotton, Sugar, Hall of Fame, Las Vegas and Tangerine).
A three-year letterwinner at Cornell, Hofher was the starting quarterback and led the team in passing yardage from 1976-78. He played two years under two-time Super Bowl champion head coach George Seifert.
A 1979 graduate of Cornell's College of Human Ecology, Hofher graduated with a bachelor's degree in Consumer Economics and Public Policy. An All-ECAC player for the Big Red, he also earned academic scholarships through Cornell, Psi Upsilon and the Sphinxhead Honorary Society.
He was selected to the Xavier (Conn.) High School Hall of Honor in 1992 and the Middletown (Conn.) Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.
The File on Jim Hofher
Born: Oct. 12, 1957
Hometown: Xavier, Conn.
Family: Wife - Cathy, Daughters - Tara, Shannon and Molly.
Education:Bachelor's, Consumer Economics and Public Policy, Cornell, 1979
2013: Assistant Head Coach/Wide Receivers, Nevada
2009-12: Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks, Delaware
2008: Quarterbacks, Bowling Green University
2001-05: Head Coach, University at Buffalo
2000: Quarterbacks, Syracuse University
1998-99: Quarterbacks, University of North Carolina
1990-97: Head Coach, Cornell University
1989: Quarterbacks, University of Tennessee
1987-88: Running Backs, Syracuse University
1983-86: Running Backs, Wake Forest University
1981-82: Quarterbacks/Wide Receivers, Miami (Ohio) University
1979-80: Graduate Assistant, Wake Forest University
Cornell: Three-year letterwinner and All-ECAC selection at quarterback (1976-78).
Recruiting Area: Dallas/Fort Worth