Former RGV Vipers Coach Bob Hoffman Leads Mercer to Upset of Duke
The Mercer University Bears pulled off a stunner on Friday, beating Duke in the NCAA tournament as a No. 14 seed. And they were led by an NBA D-League alum.
Mercer hired head coach Bob Hoffman straight out of the NBA D-League after he coached the Rio Grande Valley Vipers during their inaugural season (2007-08). Hoffman's Vipers, who went 21-29 that season, featured future NBA players Aaron Brooks, Shannon Brown, C.J. Watson, Ivan Johnson, Steve Novak and C.J. Watson.
He had previously coached at Southern Nazarene (women), Oklahoma Baptist, Texas Pan-American, Oklahoma and in the ABA -- setting the trend for RGV to find up-and-coming coaches in obscure places.
|Rio Grande Valley Vipers All-Time Head Coaches|
|Coach||Seasons||Hired From||Current Position|
|Bob Hoffman||2007-08||Arkansas Aeros (ABA)||Mercer head coach|
|Clay Moser||2008-09||Orlando Magic (scout)||Lakers scout|
|Chris Finch||2009-11||Belfius Mons-Hainaut (Belgium)||Rockets assistant|
|Nick Nurse||2011-13||Iowa Energy (NBA D-League)||Raptors assistant|
|Nevada Smith||2013-present||Keystone College (Division III)||Vipers head coach|