DICKINSON, ND- The Dickinson State University Athletic Department would like to release the retirement of Defensive Coordinator and Physical Education Teacher, Arlan Hofland, effective at the end of the 2015-16 academic year.
“Over the last 29 years, working at Dickinson State University has been a great learning experience not only for myself but hopefully for my students as well,” stated Hofland. “DSU has been a great place to work and I never really considered it as a job.” “Every year seeing a new crop of guys come through the door was always exciting and then seeing them graduate, always brings forth a sense of pride to see how they have progressed.”
Arlan Hofland came to Dickinson State College in the fall of 1972 as a member of the DSC Football team. No one could have ever imagined the impact he would have on Dickinson State University and the DSU Football team over the next 43 years.
“Arlan has been molding young men in the right way for the past 29 years here at Dickinson State,” said DSU Head Football Coach Pete Stanton. “His professionalism and discipline shows his dedication to this program and this University.” “I was on his first team when he came back to DSU and the impact he had on me will last forever.” “He was a great coach and an even better person.”
In 1972 Hofland walked on to the DSC Football team after not playing football in high school soon earning his way into the starting lineup during his senior year after seeing regular playing time as a junior. While on the DSC Football team, Arlan played on all special teams and at nose guard on the defensive line.
“I can still remember the day he stepped foot on campus as a freshman, said former Head Football Coach Hank Biesiot.” “He was a great teammate then and it has carried over into his coaching style.” “Arlan has been such a huge asset to this University and the football program through his loyalty and dedication to his students and his players.” He is such a professional in everything he does and he has earned tremendous respect from the campus community and his peers.”
After graduating from DSC, Hofland became a teacher in Garrison for four years followed by a two year stint at the University of North Dakota as a graduate assistant coach on the football team. Arlan then accepted a football coaching job at the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire for the next four years before returning to his Alma Mater, Dickinson State College.
“Coach Hofland is ‘Old School Tough,” stated former Dickinson State Football Defensive Player Kylan Klauzer. “He was always highly critical of his players and his best part was his loyalty to his players.” “He didn’t mess around much and was always business first while he micro managed everything with attention to detail.” “Coach Hofland is a dedicated family man who hold a special place in my heart and they don’t make guys like him anymore.”
Hofland has spent the last 29 years as a football coach and professor in the Physical Education Department at Dickinson State University. Arlan became the Physical Education Department Chair in 2000 until he stepped down in early 2015.
“From day one, I could tell he was very passionate about teaching and coaching,” said former football coach and current teacher Pete Leno. “The consistence in preparation for his students and players is the one thing that really jumps out to me about him.” His attention to detail and high expectations really set him aside from other coaches and teachers.”
“We can’t thank Arlan enough for everything he has done for Dickinson State University and the DSU Football team,” said DSU Athletic Director Tim Daniel. “He has been a great teacher and coach and it will be hard to find someone to fill his shoes but you can never really replace a guy like him.” “All of us here at DSU would like to wish Arlan and his family the best of luck in his retirement.”
Hofland plans to spend his retirement enjoying time with his wife, Gayle, his two daughters, Erica and Christa, and his three grandchildren.
“Spending more time with my family, who has in some ways taken a second seat to my DSU family, is something that I am very much looking forward to,” stated Hofland. “I will always cherish my time spent at Dickinson State University and all of the fond memories I have made here.”