Coach Steve Hoffman (Hoffy) was hired in May of 1996 to start the Ventura College Women’s Intercollegiate Soccer Program. As the only coach to lead the Pirates in their 24-year history, Hoffman has coached the VC to 16 Western State Conference Championships. The team earned 11 consecutive titles from 1996-2006 and also won the crown in 2008, and three consecutive years from 2010-2012. VC returned to the top of the table in 2016. Coach Hoffman has directed the Pirates to a WSC record of 243-31-20 and his overall coaching record is an incredible 368-116-56. VC has qualified for the post-season 23 times in the past 24 years under Hoffman.
About Coach Hoffy
Hoffy was born in Southport, England, where he completed his schooling at Christ the King High School in Southport and Southport Tech College. Steve played soccer at the youth, amateur and semi-professional levels. In 1983, he moved to California from Southport with his wife Kathy, and his three children, Melanie, Joey and Jaimie. Steve and his family settled in Ventura and have been here for over 36 years. All of Steve’s children attended Buena High school in Ventura and they have all attended Ventura College at one time. Steve and Kathy are blessed with 6 grandchildren
Nicholas, Sarah, Jessica, Elyssa, Josie, Sophia, and Great Granddaughter Emma who love watching and playing soccer!
Family following in Steve's footsteps son Joey Hoffman was the Assistant Women's Soccer coach at Loyola Marymount University in California for seven years and his Grandson Nicholas Garcia is the Current Men's Assistant Coach at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks and Granddaughter Sarah is completing her degree at Cal State Long Beach in coaching. Daughter Jaimie holds a doctoral for UCLA and works with Noodle a top online education provider in the US
Coach Hoffman was recognized for his work in Youth, High School, and College Soccer by being honored as an Inductee into the class of 2008 Ventura County Sports Hall of Fame
In 2009 Coach Hoffman lead the Pirates to their first-ever CCCAA final four appearances. His teams have also appeared in the CCCAA Elite Eight five times in 1997, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2010 and 2012. Hoffman has been voted the Western State Conference Coach of the Year nine times by the conference coaches in 1997, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2016 and 2018.
In 2009 the Pirates were ranked as high as third in the NSCAA National coach’s association poll breaking the top five for the first time. VC finished the 2009 season by holding on to a top ten spot by being ranked No. 7 in the final NSCAA-Adidas National coaches’ poll, the highest the final ranking in program history.
The California Youth Soccer Association – South honored Hoffman when they named him Cal South Coach of the Year in 1999. In 2000, the honor’s kept coming when the National Soccer Coaches Association also named Steve West Region Coach of the Year and he was a finalist for the National Coach of the Year award.
Coach Steve Hoffman is one of the most respected coaches not just in California but in the entire Country. Under Coach Hoffman’s leadership, many Individual players have received recognition. 16 players have received NSCAA All-American honors (Joy Barry, 1997; Chrissie Sanford, 1998; Sarah Costello, 2000; Brittney MacDonald, 2002; Currie Doleman-Hunt, 2003; Allie Avina, 2005; Sienna Kluck-Escoto, 2006; Jaz Strozier, 2009; Monique Orocio, 2010; Megan Erskine, 2011; Daisy Cardona, 2011 and 2012; Guadalupe Magana, 2013; Melissa Cardenas, 2016, Janelle Garcia, 2016; and Jennifer Orozco, 2016). In addition to becoming the program's first two-time All-American in 2012, Cardona was named the NSCAA Community College Division III National Player of the Year. Sophia Chandler was named an NSCAA Academic All-American in 2014.
Under Coach Hoffman, VC has had 14 Western State Conference Most Valuable Player Awards (Barry in 1996, 1997; Sanford, 1998; Costello,1999; McDonald, 2002; Doleman-Hunt, 2003; Strozier, 2008; Orocio, 2011; Cardona, 2012; Janelle Garcia, 2016, Audrey Castillo 2018). In 2019 Aracely Castro was selected as the WSC Goalkeeper of the Year Coach. To top it all of coach Hoffman has placed 110 players on the All-Western State Conference first team and 87 players on the All-WSC second team. The Pirate program has been recognized by the VC athletic staff with the selection of eight players as the Ventura College Female Athlete of the Year (Barry, 1998; Almaraz, 1999; Costello, 2001; Avina, 2005; Kluck-Escoto, 2007; Orocio, 2011; Cardona, 2013; and Delanie Gavid, 2015). In 1998 Melissa Thaxton became the first women’s soccer player to be selected as the Ventura College Academic Athlete of the year, while in 2000 Marisa Pittman followed in the Thaxton's footsteps. Alicia Coenen, 2002, Taylor Steele, 2011, and Sofia Chandler, 2015, have also earned the honor.
Before coming to Ventura College, Hoffman was the Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks from 1991 to 1995.
In addition to his coaching duties at VC, Hoffman is the California Youth Soccer Association Technical, Director of Coaching Education and Player Development for the where he runs the Cal South Olympic Development Program. Steve also works with the US Soccer full Women’s National Team program.
Coach Hoffman is a US National Coach Educator and holds a US Soccer Grassroots Instructor Licenses Coach Hoffman has coached for United States Youth Soccer in the Olympic Development program and a staff coach for the US Soccer Youth National Teams
Steve is responsible for the 165,000 youth players and the 30,000 coaches that are members of Cal South.
Coach Hoffman currently possesses a United States Soccer Federation ‘A’ license a US Soccer Coach Educator License and a US Soccer Grassroots Instructor License certifying him to teach coaching courses for the US Soccer Federation
Coaching Statistics and Achievements
· Western State Conference Champions '96, '97, '98, '99, '00, '01, '02, '03, '04, '05, '06, '08, '10, '11, '12, '16.
· Ventura County College Team of the Year Award (Local News Media) 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2007, 2008
· National Soccer Coaches of America Academic All-American Team 2012 - 2013 -2016 – 2017
· National Soccer Coaches of America individual Academic award 2018 Sophia Chandler
· All-California Community College Athletic Association Scholar Team Award 1997, 1999, 2001, 201
· Cuesta Cup Champions 1997
· 16 NSCAA/Adidas All-Americans
· 11 Western State Conference Most Valuable Player Awards
· Western State Conference Most Valuable Goalkeeping Awards 2020
· National Soccer Coaches of America (2010-2014 and 2018)
· LA84 Foundation 1996-2010)
· USYS National Youth Convention 1992-2014)
· Cal South Annual Workshop (1999-2020)
· Soccer Nation EXPO (2010-2011-2012-2013-2014)
· US Soccer National Soccer Symposium (2000-2009)