August 31, 2015 - It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of AVCA Hall of Famer Sandy Hoffman.
"Our volleyball world is a little smaller, a lot sadder. Remember her as the female warrior she was," said AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer.
Few coaches and administrators have been as instrumental to the sport of volleyball, and specifically the New England Region, than Bentley University Head Coach Sandy Hoffman. 32 years at the helm of the Falcons, Hoffman is the winningest volleyball coach in New England and ranks fourth all time in NCAA Division II in wins with 758. Her squads have won the Northeast-10 Conference Regular Season Title outright nine times while earning conference coach of the year on eight occasions. However, her impact on volleyball goes above and beyond her win total or any individual accomplishment.
She has consistently given back to the game she loves, participating in AVCA and NCAA Committees. Additionally, she is a regular at the AVCA Convention to share her knowledge and continue her own growth as a volleyball coach and administrator. Over the years, it'd be impossible to count the number of coaches she has touched in her journey on a regional and national level.
Hoffman has been front and center in developing volleyball across New England. She started the New England All-Star Volleyball Camps, which is the first and largest volleyball camp in the region. After 20 years of running the camps, they continue to sell out by drawing close to 500 players each year.
Even faced with adversity, the New York native never stopped coaching. While dealing with health issues during the 2013 season, she continued to coach and be an inspiration to her players en route to her NE-10 Coach of the Year honor.
"Sandy and her teams have exemplified graciousness in defeat and humility in victory time and time again," said Smith College Head Volleyball Coach Fran Vandermeer. "She is the ultimate professional and she has created a culture in her program of healthy competition with an emphasis on respect for teammates, coaches, opponents and officials. She should be proud of her quantitative successes, but she should be equally proud of her reputation in the volleyball community."