The Rutgers Football program continues to add top in-state coaching talent, do I sound like a broken record? Yesterday it was Andrew Aurich from the college level. Today it was reported by Rutgers that Augie Hoffmann (from the high school level) has been named an offensive assistant coach for the Scarlet Knights.
Head Coach Greg Schiano had this to say in the press release:
“Augie is one of the most respected coaches in New Jersey.” “As a leader of one of the top programs in the state, he has a proven track record of developing elite talent both on and off the field. Augie is a tireless worker and his reputation among the players and coaches in our state speaks for itself. We look forward to welcoming Augie and his family to Rutgers.”
A Park Ridge native, Augie graduated from St. Joseph’s (Montvale) in 1999, a consensus first team all-state selection. He played his college ball as an offensive lineman at Boston College, winning four letters including one as a senior captain in 2003 when he was named First-Team All-Big East. He spent some time in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints.
After four years as an assistant, Hoffmann took over as the head man of the St. Joseph’s program in 2014 from Tony Karcich who had coached former Scarlet Knights Ron Girault, Patrick Kivlehan, and the McCourty twins among others. The Green Knights reached the state title game in four of Hoffmann’s six seasons, winning twice. One of his former players, Tight End Matt Alaimo, is already on the Rutgers roster and a second, Elijuwon Mack, signed for the 2020 class in the early signing period.
Augie has been coveted multiple times by his alma mater Boston College, including this year for new coach Jeff Hafley. NJ.com also reported that Hoffmann had an opportunity to join friend and former teammate Brian Flores on the Miami Dolphins Coaching staff, but turned it down. He seems to have respect as a football mind from everyone who ever came in contact with him.
On the field, Hoffmann’s role has not yet been defined, but he has the experience to do more than just coach offensive line, just like Aurich. This presents a number of options for offensive coordinator Tim Gleeson. One option is simply to have two offensive line coaches which wouldn’t be a bad idea in itself since Rutgers needs to divert resources in coaching and recruiting to elevate the level of play of the group. The second option would be for one of them to coach Tight Ends, freeing up Nunzio Campanile to focus more on recruiting. A third option would be to have Hoffmann be more of a passing or running game coordinator than just an assistant offensive line coach. In any scenario, the hope is that the offensive line will be better prepared as linemen as well as a part of the overall offensive scheme. Though I am a defensive guy, I have no problem with Rutgers skewing significantly more assistant coaching resources on the offensive side of the ball at this juncture.
The recruiting angle on this one is worth watching, too. There are rules about recruiting when a staff member previously was affiliated with recruits’ high school, but I believe (more research coming) that there is a major difference if a coach is one of the on field assistants as Augie has been versus just being a member of the support staff. This is very important because as the Big North schools battle for power in a cyclical fashion, St. Joe’s has the best talent in the upcoming classes. Of course that could change in the high school version of the transfer portal, but Rutgers will surely be targeting more of Hoffmann’s former players.
Hoffmann joins Schiano, Gleeson, Aurich, Nunzio Campanile, Tiquan Underwood, Fran Brown, and Jim Panagos as the coaches officially confirmed for 2020 on field staff. It’s also been reported that Bob Fraser will return after the conclusion of the New England Patriots season. Kolby Smith also remains as a holdover from the previous staff and may be re-confirmed officially depending on how things shake out. Rutgers needs to continue to add as many versatile coaches who know what they are doing as possible, easier said than done.
Welcome back to the banks Augie!