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DDN: Hoffman ready to guide short-handed Raiders into new season

Kari Hoffman

Excerpt from the Dayton Daily News

Kari Hoffman will make her coaching debut in Division I when the Wright State women’s basketball team plays at Bradley at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

For someone who has spent her entire career at D-II Cedarville, that’s a major step. And her assistants either came with her from the Yellow Jackets or worked at an NAIA school, so it’ll be a new experience for them, too.

But Hoffman doesn’t know why there should be any fuss about her moving to a higher level. If the transition is supposed to be a little daunting, she’s not feeling it.

“I don’t think it’s too big of a deal because I feel like our coaches have been in big games already,” she said. “Being in the NCAA tournament in Division II, that felt really big. We played Penn State in an exhibition game a couple years ago and beat them. That was big.

“Even suiting up against Bowling Green the other day for a scrimmage, it felt pretty normal to me. I don’t think I’m going to overexaggerate D-I versus anywhere else we’ve been. Basketball is basketball, and putting together a team is the same no matter where you are.”

If anything is making Hoffman feel uneasy, it’s the depleted roster she inherited. The Raiders have just 11 scholarship players, and two are injured, which makes scrimmaging in practice a little tricky.