Former Mankato coach Todd Hoffner fired by the school

Former Mankato coach Todd Hoffner fired by the school

[dropcap]F[/dropcap]ormer Minnesota State, Mankato head coach Todd Hoffner was fired Monday.

hoffnerHoffner, the Mavericks’ coach from 2008-11, had been reassigned to an administrative position in August after officials found three short videos of his children acting silly after a bath on his school-issued cellphone and charged him with possession of child pornography.

In November, a judge ruled that the videos were not child porn and showed nothing illegal, and he was cleared of all charges.

An attorney with the Inter Faculty Organization, the union that represents Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system faculty members, confirmed the firing to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune  in an e-mail earlier this week, but would not elaborate on the reason for the dismissal.

Hoffner was 34-13 in his four years at Mankato, and beginning a new four-year contract when he returned his cellphone to the school to be repaired. Technicians found the videos and notified university officials, who contacted police.

Hoffner was escorted off the practice field just after the start of fall camp and was not allowed to return.

Aaron Keen was named acting head coach and the Mavericks went on to a 13-1 season, reaching the NCAA Division II semifinals. In January, the school named Keen interim head coach pending a national search for a permanent replacement.

After the criminal case was dismissed, Hoffner was reassigned to assistant athletic director for facilities development and suspended him for 20 days for an unspecified reason. He tried to fight his reassignment and suspension through the IFO.

The IFO has filed a grievance over his termination and expects Hoffner to prevail.

Photo credit: Marlin Levison / AP

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