Eric Hoffman was hired as Fitness Center Supervisor and Strength and Conditioning Coach in May of 2016. A 2008 Ursinus graduate and former men's lacrosse standout, Hoffman returned to his alma mater after five years at Centennial Conference counterpart Swarthmore.
After graduating from Ursinus and spending two years as a fitness specialist at Cornerstone Health Clubs, Hoffman took over as Swarthmore's first full-time strength and conditioning coach. During his time with the Garnet, Hoffman created and implemented comprehensive training programs for all 22 varsity athletic programs, transforming the athletic department's perspective on seasonal and team training by educating coaches and players on sport-specific practices. He maintained up-to-date knowledge of fitness trends and best practices, working within NCAA guidelines to empower student-athletes to set goals and reach their full potential.
Also serving as Fitness Center Director at Swarthmore, Hoffman was responsible for the design, layout, and equipment acquisition for the Swarthmore College Fitness Center, which opened in 2014. Known as the Matchbox, the 21,000-square foot building was touted by Life Fitness and Hammer Strength as a premier showcase facility. Hoffman oversaw the day-to-day operations of the center, including staff recruitment, training, and scheduling, and created wellness initiatives for faculty, staff, students, and affiliates of the College. As a member of the school's wellness committee, Hoffman was an active participant in the campus' community outreach efforts and actively provided workshops and educational opportunities. He also taught three physical education courses for academic credit on an annual basis.
Hoffman served as an assistant coach with the Garnet men's lacrosse team from 2010 to 2014, acting as the primary defensive coach.
Hoffman also made stops at the University of Pennsylvania and Villanova University in 2014. At Penn, he worked in Campus Recreation, preparing annual participation and revenue reports and training new personal training staff. Hoffman was involved in Athletic Facilities and Operations at Villanova, for which he managed a staff of 25 student-workers and set up the Wildcats' athletic facilities for practice and competition.
A star defenseman for the Bears, Hoffman was a second team All-Centennial Conference honoree as a senior in 2008. He ranks second in program history in ground balls (158) and boasts two of the five highest single-season caused turnover totals at Ursinus. Following his collegiate career, Hoffman went on to play professionally for the Philadelphia Barrage of Major League Lacrosse (2008-09) and the National Lacrosse League's Philadelphia Wings (2012-14). Hoffman still works as a coach for Fusion Lacrosse, providing instruction and advising for young athletes ages 8 to 18.
"I am very excited to be building a strength and conditioning program at Ursinus," Hoffman said. "Ursinus has a terrific athletic history, and it will be great to help to contribute to that legacy. Coming back to Ursinus will be a great opportunity to give back to a place that has been so influential on my life."
Hoffman is an NSCA certified strength and conditioning specialist and holds Level 1 Sport Performance Coach status from USA Weightlifting.
Hoffman, who earned a bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science from Ursinus, completed his master's in public administration and sport management at West Chester University.