Rich Hofman is the winningest coach in Florida high school baseball history, and currently stands 12th on the NFHS all-time baseball coaching wins list.
A native of Racine, Wisc., Hofman became the head baseball and football coach at Westminster Christian School in Miami in 1967. The baseball program made its first FHSAA State Series appearance in 1976 and won the Class 2A state championship in 1981. In his 31-year tenure at Westminster Christian, Hofman’s teams won eight state titles, were state runners-up twice, made 12 FHSAA Finals appearances, and were named national champions in 1992 and 1996. His players included New York Yankees all-star third baseman Alex Rodriguez and Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz. Upon his move to Westminster Academy in Fort Lauderdale in 1998, he added two more state titles for a grand total of 10, the last five of which were consecutive.
Hofman, now the head baseball coach at Piper High School in Sunrise, holds an impressive career record of 953-234-16, winning 80 percent of his games. He has sent more than 200 players to college teams and 40 have been drafted into professional baseball. Hofman was named National Coach of the Year for seven years and won state honors 10 times. He received the Easton Master Coach Award in 2006 and was named the Baseball America High School Coach of the Decade for 1990-2000. Hofman is a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association, Baseball Coaches Association, Florida Athletic Coaches Association and Washington Park High School Halls of Fame.
Extending his leadership beyond the field, he was the state baseball chairman for the FACA for five years and received its Meritorious Service Award and a lifetime membership. Hofman is a founding member of Baseball Coaches of America and was its first president, and served on both the FHSAA and Easton Baseball Advisory Committees. He is currently writing a book on baseball for Human Kinetics.