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OU men's basketball: Mercer coach Bob Hoffman has deep Oklahoma roots

The Putnam City High and Oklahoma Baptist graduate has 500 victories as a college coach.
by Ryan Aber Published: December 1, 2013
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NORMAN — The coach on the visitor's bench Monday night at Lloyd Noble Center will be plenty familiar to the setting.

Mercer men's basketball coach Bob Hoffman has deep roots in the area.

Hoffman played at Putnam City High School and Oklahoma Baptist and coached at several spots across the state as he rose through the ranks.

He'll bring his Bears to Norman for the first time for Monday's game against the Sooners (8 p.m., ESPNU).

Earlier this season, Hoffman earned his 500th collegiate win as a head coach, beating Reinhardt. It also marked his 100th win at Mercer, which is in Macon, Ga.

“The wins are important, and it's a fun thing because that means a lot of people were successful, but more importantly you hope that you've made a difference in the lives of people along the way,” Hoffman said after that victory. “Because that's more important than those W's.”

More than half of those 500 wins came for Oklahoma schools — 243 at Oklahoma Baptist and 88 as the women's coach at Southern Nazarene.

Hoffman has coached plenty of games at Lloyd Noble, serving as an assistant under Kelvin Sampson from 2004-06.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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