COACH HOFFMAN

Steve Hoffman
Tennessee Titans Special Teams

Since joining the NFL in 1989, Steve Hoffman has been identifying and developing young kickers and punters. His work over the past 20 years has been highly visible, and his impressive results have allowed him to develop an outstanding reputation around the NFL.   Hoffman has served in the NFL for 24 seasons.

As the Special Teams coach for the Oakland Raiders in 2012, Sebastian Janikowski posted the best field goal percentage of his career (91.2%, 31/34) and was a perfect 25/25 for kicks inside of 50 yards.  Under Hoffman’s tutelage in 2011, Chiefs P Dustin Colquitt established a career high with a 45.9-yard punting average. Hoffman’s coverage units ranked sixth in the NFL in 2010, allowing opponents an average of just 20.2 yards per kickoff return. Kansas City’s special teams group showed dramatic improvement in his first season with the Chiefs, as the team improved from 29th in 2008 to 12th in 2009 in the comprehensive NFL special teams rankings compiled by Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News. Colquitt registered a 40.8-yard net punting average in 2009, the top single-season mark in Chiefs history. In addition, K Ryan Succop posted an 86.2 field goal percentage in 2009, which tied for the highest mark by an NFL rookie since 1970.

Prior to joining the Chiefs, Hoffman spent two seasons with the Miami Dolphins (2007-08) as assistant special teams coach. In 2007, K Jay Feely established a Dolphins single-season record by connecting on 21 of 23 (91.3) field goal attempts. Hoffman also tutored P Brandon Fields, who led all NFL rookies with a 43.2-yard punting average in 2007. He was assistant special teams coach with the Atlanta Falcons in 2006.

Hoffman served on the Dallas Cowboys’ staff for 16 years (1989-04) as kicking coach. In addition to his duties with kicking specialists, he spent seven seasons as offensive/defensive quality control coach (1989-95). He later coached kickers and served as offensive quality control coach (1996-99) before finishing his tenure in Dallas as defensive quality control coach (2000-04). During his time in Dallas, Hoffman’s specialists established 15 club records and he was a part of three Super Bowl Championship teams, as Dallas claimed titles in Super Bowls XXVII, XXVIII and XXX.

Hoffman instructed kickers and punters at the University of Miami (1985-88) prior to joining the professional ranks. With the Hurricanes, he mentored P Jeff Feagles, who went on to become the NFL’s all-time leader in punts (1,713) and punting yards (71,211).

The Camden, N.J.-native played quarterback, running back, wide receiver and handled kicking and punting duties during his collegiate career at Dickinson (Penn.) College. He spent one year punting for the Washington Federals of the USFL (1983) and attended NFL training camps with Washington (1981, 1983), Seattle (1984) and New Orleans (1985).

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12 thoughts on “COACH HOFFMAN

  • December 9, 2009 at 4:51 pm
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    Coach Hoffman,

    I purchased your video about 7 years ago and it is by far the best punting instructional video I have seen. I have used your techniques to refine my punting. I now hit consistent spirals, but have a lot of trouble with balls that dont turn over during flight(pooch style). I was wondering if you could give me some insights into what could potentially be wrong. I keep the nose down during punting, but I still seem to have this problem. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you
    Tyson

  • February 14, 2010 at 5:39 am
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    I have been watching sample videos about kicking off and field goals. I am interested in purchasing the DVD, however, can you tell me in the video, do you explain where the ball should ‘strike’ on the foot in ‘detail’? Most kickers can have the whole technique down solid but if they do not know where the ball should strike on the foot then that’s a big problem (my problem).
    Thanks Coach

  • April 22, 2010 at 11:15 am
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    PS: The Punting Video is outstanding!!!

  • April 22, 2010 at 3:03 pm
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    I have purchased both Kicking and Punting videos and they have brought me a long way in my kicking game. Hoffman has some simple techniques that can help any kicker fine tune their skills.

  • April 23, 2010 at 11:20 am
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    Yes, Coach Hoffman spends a LOT of time (a little tedious if you ask me, a non-kicker!) on exactly where on the foot to strike the ball. Good luck!

  • April 23, 2010 at 5:46 pm
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    Come back to Dallas—please!!!

  • June 8, 2010 at 3:44 pm
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    i should get his dvds

  • June 26, 2010 at 4:33 pm
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    Coach,
    Im a young kicker starting off and hope to make it pro one day. I’ve been watching your sample video’s and just that has helped me a lot i have gotton more height on all my field goals as needed. But one problem, since I have been getting height my distance has been decreasing a lot. If you can help i would appreciate it,
    Thanks Coach

  • August 31, 2010 at 8:51 am
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    Coach Hoffman,

    Worked with you as part of Coach Pelfrey’s camps at Albion College in the mid-80′s. Have 2 sons that I’ve been teaching this method of punting since they were about 7 years old. My oldest son averaged 30 yds/punt as an 8th grader so excited to see how he does as a freshman. Am planning on ordering both videos to explain to them in further detail what you taught me. Thanks again and keep up the great work! Terry Clark, Albion College ’87

  • September 28, 2010 at 6:38 pm
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    I got this kicking dvd over a year ago for my son (then 13) because he had some natural ability and the passion for kicking. Now, because good guidance from the video and hard work he has achieved a reputation in the town as a football kicker. His longest this year is 45 yrds (in practice)He now kicks for Freshman and JV. Thanks Coach Hoffman, you have helped put my son on a path to being a great kicker.

  • September 12, 2011 at 1:14 pm
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    My son is a freshman kicker. He started out by using the DVDs and now after having some private lessons refers back to the DVD constantly to reenforce what he is learning. These DVDs are fantastic! He just had his first game this season and put up 9 points for his team between PATs and field goals! We are thrilled. Thank you so much for providing such a great product.

  • August 5, 2012 at 1:14 am
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    I was a former PKS Albion Michigan camp attendee in the mid 1980′s when Steve Hoffman worked there. He was such a great teacher that I ended up attending 3 more camps so he could coach me some more. I ended up punting at Ferris State University in the early 1990′s after a 3 year stint in the US Army, so don’t give up young kickers and punters, you can still make it to the NCAA with a slight detour after your career ends in high school. Kicking and punting takes times to master, keep practicing. Over the years I have taught high school punters with the very same methods Steve showed me 27 years ago, and the techniques still hold true to this day.

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