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Forum staff reports , Published January 28 2014

Former Mankato State football coach Hoffner a finalist for Minot State job

MINOT, N.D. – Former Mankato State football coach Todd Hoffner, who was cleared of child pornography charges but fired from his job last year, is a finalist for the head coaching position at Minot State.

Hoffner is among three finalists for the job. The school expects to name its coach by the end of the week, according to a story on its website.

“We need to look, act and feel like champions even though recently we may not have experienced that,” Hoffner said during his Monday press conference in Minot. “We need to believe that we can do anything we put our minds to and believe that you can be a conference champion, you can have a winning record, you can beat the University of Mary and you can compete and win the North Division championship.”

Hoffner spent four seasons from 2008-2012 as the head coach at Minnesota State, compiling a 34-13 record, while winning both the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference title and the Mineral Water Bowl in 2011. He coached the Mavericks to three NSIC South Division Championships in 2008, 2009 and 2011.

“One of my focuses and goals has been to reestablish myself,” Hoffner said. “With all the adversity my family and I have faced, we are looking to dust ourselves off, move forward. We need to move on and move forward in our lives and hopefully this is a great opportunity for us to do that.”

The Esmond, N.D., native earned his bachelor’s degree while playing football at Valley City State before getting his master's in pedagogy from the University of North Dakota.

“This is a position that has a particular interest to me,” Hoffner said. “My parents are still alive and I've learned a lot of great valuable lessons from them about hard work and perseverance, and only being 90 miles away from them would be very exciting for me.”

Minot State will interview Wayne State assistant coach Mike Aldrich on Tuesday. The school has already interviewed Aaron Vicko, the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks and running backs coach at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Hoffner was fired as the Mavericks head coach after his Mankato State-issued cell phone contained what prosecutors said were indecent videos of his own children after a bath.