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GRCC legendary baseball coach dies at age 80

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Former baseball legend Tom Hofmann (Photo courtesy of GRCC Academic Works)

Former Grand Rapids Community College men’s baseball coach Tom Hofmann died on March 10 at the age of 80. 

GRCC’s Communications Director Dave Murry released a statement remembering Hofmann on Monday – consisting mainly of Hofmann’s achievements in sports. 

Hofmann coached the Raiders for 24 years (1966-1990), was inducted into the National Junior College Baseball Hall of Fame (‘05), notching over 700 wins, and appeared in five national tournaments. 

Although, Hofmann was not only known for his accolades in the dugout.

Hofmann was a college basketball official for 30 years, served as a Big Ten football official for 20 years, and became an ambassador and assistant coach for the United States Olympic Baseball team in 1994.

Hofmann played basketball, baseball and ran cross country at Grand Rapids Catholic Central High School, and he was inducted into the Aquinas College Hall of Fame in 2005.

GRCC hosts an annual golf outing named after Hofmann, with proceeds benefiting the baseball program and student-athletes. A scholarship was established in his name during the 2018-2019 academic year. The GRCC Athletics Twitter page features a posted video titled “Tom Hofmann Reflects on GRCC.”

Hofmann is survived by his wife, Becky Hofman, his children Eric Hofmann (Matthew Vitale), Michael (Shelley) Hofmann, Julie Bouma (Chuck Schipper), and five grandchildren.