Springfield Demize News Release
Friday, February 26, 2010
SPRINGFIELD, MO – Local collegiate and youth soccer coach Logan Hoffman has been named as the new head coach of the Springfield Demize for their upcoming season in the USL’s Premier Development League.
Hoffman becomes just the third head coach in franchise history, and will look to bring the Demize to a new standard after two consecutive seasons at the bottom of the Heartland Division table.
Hoffman has had success as a coach at both the youth and collegiate levels, and hopes these experiences and the connections he’s made will help raise the bar for the Demize.
As an assistant coach with both the men and women at Drury University this past fall, Hoffman served as one of three coaches working with a men’s team that posted the best finish in school history, won the school’s first Great Lakes Valley Conference title, and qualified for their first NCAA-II tournament berth, finishing the season with a top-10 ranking from the NSCAA. As the primary coach for the men’s and women’s goalkeepers, Hoffman coached both to new school records for goals against average, save percentage, and shutouts. Both goalkeepers for the Men’s and Women’s program earned First Team All-Conference and All-Region honors, and Stephen Conner garnered All-American honors from Daktronics.
At the youth level, Hoffman serves as the Director of Coaching for the Fair Grove Soccer Academy, a club he has grown from just 70 recreational players to over 150 and four competitive teams in just over two years with the club. He also serves as the head coach for Nixa Soccer Club’s U14 and U15 boys teams and Xtreme Soccer Club for Girls’ U16 team.
“My personal connections with many of Springfield’s collegiate players and their coaches should help the Demize draw a much stronger local player pool than in year’s past, and hopefully the Springfield soccer community as a whole will come out and support us and provide a great atmosphere for both players and fans,” Hoffman said.
Hoffman also hopes to bring a new level of communication and organization to the Demize both on and off the field; something he believes will improve his players’ experience and their level of commitment to the team.
“Commitment and hard work will be an expectation of our players this year,” Hoffman said. “The Springfield Demize is looking to become an organization that provides a great experience for players and fans, and we are committed to that goal. We expect that same commitment from our players.”
Hoffman, a graduate and 3-year letter-winner at Drury University, also brings 20 years of playing experience at both the youth and collegiate levels with him. Born in Denver, CO, Hoffman played youth soccer with nationally prominent clubs Colorado Rush and Littleton United and played as a U-23 with Real Colorado. He was a member of the Colorado Olympic Development Program and won a high school state title in 2002 with Columbine High School.
As a goalkeeper at Drury University, Hoffman was a two year starter and amassed a 19-6-3 record over his final two seasons. He also served as team captain for the first Drury squad to ever qualify for Great Lakes Valley Conference postseason play.
Upon graduation, Hoffman’s name was in the top five in school history in five different goalkeeping categories including the school record for best single season goals against average (0.88), second in career goals against average (1.00), and third in minutes played in goal (2,215).
"As an organization the Springfield Demize is very excited to finally have the ability to hire a head coach for the Demize, that has no other commitments or distractions throughout the PDL season, Logan’s sole focus will be to help us maintain the high level of play on the field, that our team has show glimpses of over the past four seasons. Logan brings a lot of energy and passion to the table that I believe our players will feed off of this summer, and with his ability to recruit top notch local talent throughout Southwest Missouri, I believe Local soccer fans and Heartland opponents a like will be surprised by the depth that the Demize will be able to put on the Pitch this summer ", General Manager Chris Hanlon
The Demize hosts Open Tryouts
You must attend at least one weekend of Tryouts, consisting of three sessions. For more information click here.
|March 13||11:00 AM - 1:00 PM||Harrison Stadium|
|March 13||6:00 PM - 8:00 PM||Taco Bell Fields (MSU)|
|11:00 AM - 1:00 PM||Harrison Stadium|
|March 20||11:00 AM - 1:00 PM||Lake Country Soccer|
|March 20||6:30 PM - 9:00 PM||Lake Country Soccer Dome|
|March 21||11:00 AM - 1:00 PM||Harrison Stadium|
Preseason Exhibition games include April 10th vs STL Lions, and another April match vs Drury Panthers.