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Staff Spotlight: Rob Hoffman

Staff Spotlight: Rob Hoffman

Wednesday, February 27 | by SLC
Category: Our Staff

All of us at SLC are thrilled to welcome Rob Hoffman to our team as SLC’s basketball coach for the summer of 2019. Rob brings extensive experience teaching and coaching youth basketball. We look forward to all of you meeting Rob this summer. We wanted to give you a chance to get to know Rob in this latest edition of the SLC Staff Spotlight.

What role will you have at Camp this summer?
I’m excited to join the SLC team as Camp’s basketball coach!

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Poughkeepsie, NY, until I went away to college (Rochester Institute of Technology).

Where do you live now?
Poughkeepsie, NY.

Number of summers at SLC?
This will be my first. 

What do you do when you are not at Camp?
When camp is not in session, in addition to coaching and teaching basketball, I’ve been fully enjoying my IBM retirement. This past winter I also started studying pocket billiards and chess which have also become passions of mine!

What are you looking forward to this summer?
This summer I’m truly looking forward to teaching basketball FUN-damentals at SLC, for all age groups, another passion of mine! I look forward to taking my dribbling cones, heads-up goggles, medicine balls, drill sheets and other training aids out of retirement !!

Who would you most like to meet (living or dead) and why?
Philosopher Coach, master teacher, John Wooden (former UCLA basketball coach), not because of his teams winning 10 national championships in 12 years including 7 in a row, nor his 88 game winning streak or 4 perfect seasons, but after reading two of his books, his beliefs, teachings and wisdom went far beyond sports, he truly knew how to bring out the best in oneself in all areas of life. The non-basketball skills he taught while coaching – teamwork, personal excellence, self-discipline, dedication, focus, diligence, organization, leadership, hard work, alertness, poise, and faith – I feel are the same tools that mentors to youth should emphasize for the game of life, as well as making them smile at times!