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Matt Hoffman
Camp Director

On March 29, 2016 Matt Hoffman was named the seventh head coach in SF State volleyball history.  
 
Under Hoffman’s tutelage in 2018, the Gators reached the postseason for the first time since 2014 and secured its first winning season since 2014. SF State started the year 6-2, including a perfect 4-0 which is the best start since 2012. The Gators had ten sweeps on the year, which is the most three-set victories since 2012. Jessica Haynie earned All-CCAA Second Team honors and Olivia Tabron took home Honorable Mention recognition. 
Hoffman joined the Gators after an extremely successful three year stint as an assistant at Wichita State, his last two as the top assistant, where he helped guide the Shockers to a 77-24 mark that included two Missouri Valley Conference Championships, two MVC Tournament Championships, and  two NCAA Tournament appearances.
 
The Shockers averaged 25 wins per season and boasted a 74.3 winning percentage, tops in the conference over that three year period.  During that stretch, the Shockers had four AVCA All-Americans, Four AVCA All-Midwest Region honorees, 11 All-MVC honorees, and 11 Academic All-Conference honorees.
 
Prior to Wichita State, he served as the volunteer assistant coach at Stanford from 2010-12.  He helped the Cardinal to three NCAA Tournaments, two Elite Eight appearances, and two conference championships. He also coached five All-Americans, a Pac-12 Conference Player of the Year, and 11 All Pac-12 honorees.
 
From 2009-13, he was the head coach for the Vision Volleyball Club in Los Gatos, California. During his time with Vision, he served as a head coach to some of the younger teams, and served as the assistant coach to the 18 Gold team that won the 18 Open Bronze medal in 2011 and 2012.
 
He served as camp director and owner of the Homestead Volleyball Camp from 2009-11, was a physical education teacher at Homestead High School from 2006-13, and boy's club volleyball coach for Central Coast Volleyball Club from 2005-10.
 
From 2007-09, he was the girl's varsity volleyball coach at Homestead High School in Cupertino, California. He led the 2008 team to the state tournament and finished runner-up, while also being Central Coast Section and NorCal champions. In 2007, the team was Central Coast Section champions and NorCal runners-up.
 
Hoffman was the girl's varsity volleyball coach at Gunn High School in Palo Alto, California, from 2005-06 and the assistant coach for Club Yahoo 15's in San Jose in 2005. He was also the girl's varsity volleyball coach at Fremont High School in Sunnyvale, California, from 2002-04.
 
A local product, Hoffman grew up in nearby Cupertino, California, where he attended Homestead High School. He lettered in basketball and volleyball.  He attended San Jose State, where he was a member of the men's volleyball team. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology in 2003.
 
Hoffman is married to his wife, Noel. They have two children, a daughter, McKenna, and a son, Owen.
 
Nikki Hess
Assistant Coach


Nikki Hess joined San Francisco State as an assistant coach for the 2019 season.
 
Hess played collegiately at Santa Clara, where she etched her name into the Bronco record books and graduated in 2017 with a degree in communication. The All-American was a three-time First Team All-West Coast Conference honoree for the Broncos and is the rally-scoring era career kills leader with 1,518.
 
As a junior, Hess was named an AVCA Honorable Mention All-American, a First Team AVCA All-Pacific North Region honoree, and to the First Team All-WCC after recording 450 kills (4.02/set) and 13 double-doubles. The Scottsdale, Arizona native led the Broncos in kills all four years, and helped lead the team to consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances in 2014 and 2015 with a combined record of 42-19 in those two seasons.
 
Hess also served as a volunteer assistant at Santa Clara in Spring 2019, and an assistant coach with the 12 Gold and 18 Gold teams at Vision Volleyball Club in Los Gatos, California. From 2017-18, she competed professionally for Switzerland-based Genève Volley while coaching 15- to 18-year-olds at Volleyball Club Étoile-Genève.