TERRE HAUTE, Ind.,(WTWO/WAWV)– Faculty and former Honey Creek Middle School students remembered the life of David Hoffa, a cross country and track and field coach at Honey Creek Middle School.
David Hoffa died on Sunday morning after being involved in a crash in New Goshen on State Road 63.
Hoffa worked for the Vigo Co. School Corporation for 35 years.
Lisa Davis, a P.E. teacher at Honey Creek Middle School said, Hoffa always wanted students to be the best they could be.
“He had a tremendous impact because he touches every student’s life here at honey creek middle school. He always wanted the kids to step up. Be better and pay it forward and to take those lessons that they learned in the classroom, that they learn at school and to be a better person. And to make somebody’s day better just because they were a part of their life,” said Davis.
Many students remember Hoffa as their P.E. teacher, that’s where many of them first met him.
“The first time I met him was in gym class. I had him as a P.E. teacher. Just they way that he carried himself ,the energy that he had it was crazy because I didn’t know what to expect on the first day of 6th grade. But he was very joyful and that carried on and passed on to all the other students,” said Cailynn Browne, Hoffa’s former student.
Cael Light and Nick Bement, who were both coached by Hoffa said, his passion for running is what made them enjoy the sport.
“I knew him for two and a half years also and I met him through gym class. I think a lot of us did. He asked me if was I going to run track. And I said well I’m a basketball guy. I’m not really into track. You know the impact that he had on me is and how big it was is that today I’m still running. I’m not doing basketball, but I’m still running. He’s the one that started that for me,” said Bement.
Several students said Hoffa’s passion and the way he motivated his students is what they admired most about him.
“He’s one of the main reasons I came back and ran every year. He really motivated me to keep running too. On those days where you just didn’t want to do it and it just seemed like a hassle, he’d push you to go out and do your best every single day,” said Matt Gambill, a former runner at Honey Creek.
Coach Hoffa’s positivity is what students like, Trey Browne, said they will miss most about their former coach.
“His happiness, the energy he gives off is just amazing. He’s going to be missed, but he was a great guy,” said Browne.
Watch the video below to hear the memories the students shared about Coach Hoffa: