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Hoffner was entering his fifth year as head football coach at Division II Minnesota State, Mankato, where he had a 34-13 record. He led the Mavericks to the playoffs in 2008 and 2009 and a share of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference title in 2011. He was named NSIC coach of the year in 2009. The Mavericks are undefeated at 9-0 in his absence, under acting coach Aaron Keen.

Hoffner’s supporters held a candlelight vigil outside his home Tuesday night, and the family issued a statement expressing their gratitude.

“The Hoffners have received hundreds of encouraging cards, letters and e-mails from friends, community/civic leaders, business leaders, teachers, school administrators and former athletes who have competed for Todd expressing their concern and strong support,” the statement said.