JIM HOFHER Third Season Assistant Head Coach/Wide Receivers Cornell, `79
One of the most experienced coaches in Nevada's staff, Jim Hofher enters his third year as the Wolf Pack's assistant head coach and wide receivers coach. Hofher has two head coaching stints in his accomplished career while the 2015 season will mark his 35th year of coaching college football.
Hofher came to Nevada in 2013 as head coach Brian Polian saw Hofher's experience and success as a valuable asset to his staff. Hofher arrived in Reno after serving the previous four seasons as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Delaware. His tenure there included helping the Blue Hens to an appearance in the 2010 FCS National Championship game.
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).
Polian and Hofher guided the Wolf Pack to a 7-6 record last season and the team's ninth bowl appearance in the past 10 seasons with a trip to the 2014 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. Nevada defeated a Pac-12 opponent, rallied for a 15-point second-half comeback at BYU and downed UNLV, 49-27, to return the Fremont Cannon to Reno.
Hofher's receiving corps was led by a trio of standouts in senior Richy Turner and sophomores Hasaan Henderson and Jerico Richardson. Turner led the team in receptions in 2015 and graduated ranking 18th in career receptions among active Division I players. Henderson emerged as one of the biggest target threats in the MW, catching 45 passes for 579 yards and four scores before missing the final three games of the season to injury. Richardson caught 13 passes for 177 yards in his first career start and finished with a team-high 655 receiving yards.
Hofher's 2015 receiving corps will be led by Henderson and Richardson, who return for their junior seasons as potential honors candidates. Wyatt Demps returns for his sophomore year after starting in the bowl game, while Nevada will return depth at the position with numerous redshirt-freshmen ready to contribute.
In his first season at Nevada, Hofher helped guide senior WR Brandon Wimberly to All-Mountain West honors and the team's Golden Helmet Award. Wimberly caught 97 passes for 989 yards and eight touchdowns in 2013 and finished his career with a streak of 52 consecutive games with a reception, setting a MW record.
Hofher arrived in Reno after serving the previous four seasons as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Delaware. 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 six bowl games (Cotton, Sugar, Hall of Fame, Las Vegas, Tangerine and New Orleans).
A three-year letter winner 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
Coaching Experience 2013-Current: 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
Playing Experience Cornell: Three-year letter winner and All-ECAC selection at quarterback (1976-78).