Centre women's soccer coach Jay Hoffman selected to lead U.S. Division III team in Brazil

jayOn the heels of leading his team on a run of success that most recently includes a trip to the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament, Centre College head women’s soccer coach Jay Hoffman has been selected by USA Sports Tours & Events to serve as the head coach for the USA D-3 Soccer Select team on its Brazil Tour 2015.
The USA D-3 Soccer Select Team that Hoffman coaches will be made up of some of the best NCAA Division III soccer players from across the nation. The team will converge in Orlando, Fla., on May 26 before departing for Brazil, where it will play four matches between May 28 and June 2.
“We all know that Brazil is the mecca of soccer, and being able to be a part of the culture will be a wonderful experience for the players,” said Hoffman. “I know these experiences both on and off the field will make them better athletes and people.”
Hoffman was selected to lead the team based on the success he has experienced leading Centre’s program over the last 11 seasons. Hoffman has compiled a record of 143-59-17 during his time at Centre, but his teams have been especially successful recently, establishing themselves among the top programs nationally in Division III. Centre women’s soccer is on a run of five straight seasons of at least 14 wins, four straight seasons in the NCAA Tournament and has won all three SAA Tournament championships since the conference was established in 2012. The 2014 season brought Centre’s deepest postseason run yet, with the Colonels winning another SAA Tournament and advancing all the way to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Tournament before falling in overtime.
“I am so glad to have Coach Hoffman leading the 2015 USA D-3 Team,” said Ron Smith, director of USA Sports Tours & Events. “His record speaks for itself. He has been successful throughout his career and has helped make Centre College women’s soccer a nationally recognized program. His ability to recruit and develop some of the best players is one reason he and Centre have been so successful.”
Upon hearing the news, Hoffman was excited for the opportunity to lead the team and pleased that Centre’s recent success is being recognized at the national level.
“I am truly honored that Ron Smith chose me to represent the United States and Division III soccer in Brazil,” Hoffman added. “This is a once in a lifetime experience, and I am so excited to work with some of the best Division III players in the country.”
Upon reaching Brazil, the team will play three matches in Sao Paolo, competing in doubleheader events along with a team of top Division III men’s players. Before departing, the team will have a final match in Rio de Janerio. However, an important goal of the trip is to provide a valuable experience outside of soccer as well. While in Brazil, the teams will experience educational, cultural and social aspects of Brazilian life through city, school and sports club visits. While in Rio de Janerio, the team will be staying on the famous Copacabana Beach and touring the Christ the Redeemer Statue and Sugar Loaf, two of the most recognizable landmarks in the world.
“Our focus as a group will be to slow the moments down and make sure we take in everything we can in our short time together,” Hoffman said. “Let’s go with a purpose and create as many great memories as we can.”
by Matt Montovan, Sports Information Director

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