Eric Hoffman, who played on Novi’s first varsity boys lacrosse team in 1993, will not be returning for a fourth season as the school’s head coach.
Hoffman, 37, who guided the Wildcats to a 35-18 record in three seasons, confirmed recently that he will not be retained.
As of Monday, the job vacancy had not been posted yet on the Novi Community Schools district website.
Novi athletic director Brian Gordon declined to elaborate on the reasons why Hoffman will not return for the 2016 season.
“It’s a personnel issue which I’m not a liberty to discuss,” Gordon said. “Our coaches don’t have year-to-year contracts. They don’t sign anything. Coaches go through an evaluation process every year at the end of the season … and then our head coaches evaluate our sub-varsity coaches. Right there, during the evaluation process, is when we determine if they will be returning. And that’s kind of how it works.”
After spending three seasons as Salem’s head coach, Hoffman returned to his alma mater in 2013, guiding the Wildcats to an 11-6 record, which included Kensington Lakes Acitivites Association and Kensington Division crowns.
In 2014, Novi went 12-6 and shared the Kensington Division title with Northville and South Lyon Unified, all at 5-1.
This season, Novi finished 12-6 again, falling to Grosse Pointe South, 13-6, in the first round of the MHSAA Division 1 regional.
“I guess it was time for a different view for Novi lacrosse, I guess, at least for Mr. Gordon,” said Hoffman, who teaches at Hamilton Academy, a charter school in Detroit. “It was a school that I started the program with. I played for the first team at Novi and I grew up in Novi. That was nice to come back to my alma mater and coach my team.”