Charles Hoffman, JR
In the spring of 1948, after a lapse of fourteen years, the sport that had enjoyed major sports status on campus returned. Charles B. Hoffman, Jr., Class of 1950, was the prime mover among a group of 25 students, mostly freshmen and war veterans, who wanted to play the venerable sport of lacrosse, and it was largely through his efforts that lacrosse eventually returned to varsity status.
Charlie Hoffman formed a lacrosse club, served as its president, and petitioned the College’s Athletic Council, headed by College Trustee Harry S. Russell, to support a club team. Appearing before the Athletic Council along with Charles B. Clark, Professor and Dean of Men, Hoffman was given the green light to proceed with the club, and Dr. Clark was appointed to oversee the group and serve as coach, but no financial help was forthcoming. It would be up to the players to field a team and to finance its operation. Hoffman assisted in arranging a schedule of eight collegiate games and two games with the Annapolis Lacrosse Club, which was made up of former college stars.
The team demonstrated their determination and skill that first season, winning every collegiate contest. In the second year the team lost a game to Annapolis and another to Loyola, before winning twelve consecutive games. The players finally had the attention of the Athletic Council, who granted the team varsity status. Lacrosse was back to stay.
In addition to his determination off the field, Hoffman was a scrappy, tough attackman and a good scorer. He and center Jack Jackson were selected to play in the 1950 North-South game, the first players selected for that competition.
An economics major with a minor in political science-history, Hoffman also was a campus leader. A member of the Kappa Alpha Fraternity, he served as secretary-treasurer of the Inter-Fraternity Council during his senior year, as the Elm feature editor one year, and was elected to Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership society.
After graduation, Hoffman served in the Army Air Force and then entered the insurance business. He was President of Rossmann-Hurt-Hoffman, Inc. in Towson, Maryland. Now retired, he spends time hunting and fishing. He and his wife, Susan, have four children–Wayne, Lawrence, Stuart, and Susan.
Washington College is proud and honored to induct Charles B. Hoffman, Jr. into its Athletic Hall of Fame on this second day of October, 1999.