Rich Hofman, the first baseball coach in Florida prep history to win 1,000 games, said Thursday he has left Broward County’s University School to help start a new co-educational charter school in Miami.
Starting in August, Hofman will be the athletic director and head baseball coach for SLAM, which stands for Sports Leadership and Management. The school’s nickname will be the Titans.
Hofman, who has won 10 state titles, experienced his greatest success in Miami, leading Westminster Christian to the No. 1 national ranking in 1992 and 1996.
Ironically, Alex Tamargo, who played second base and center field for Hofman on the 1991 Westminster team, will serve as SLAM’s principal.
“It’s exciting to work with one of my former players,” said Hofman, who will be replaced at University by his assistant, Eddie Tisdale. “Now, Alex will be my boss.”
The new school is located at 12th Avenue and NW 6th Street, inside a seven-story building that is currently under construction. The 500-seat gym will be on the seventh floor, with views overlooking the city.
SLAM, which is being run by the owners of Mater Academy, has room for 980 students in grades six through 12. It will likely compete in Class 3A, and it is geared toward students who want to go to college and major in a sports-related field.
Tamargo said he has already received applications from 200 students. He added that once there are 981 applications, then it will go to a lottery process.
Students will choose a career path such as physical therapy, communications or the marketing/business side of sports.
On the athletic side, the Titans will compete in a wide variety of sports. Every sport available for boys will also be available for girls, except for wrestling, which is for males only.
Wrestling, basketball and volleyball will be held in the Titans’ gym. Football and flag football, cross-country, track and field, soccer and tennis will be held at Moore Park. Swimming and water polo will be at Hadley Park. Baseball will likely be at Curtis Park, and the golf team is looking into having Melreese as its home course. In addition, softball will be at Fern Isle.
Tamargo said it is “surreal” to get the chance to open this school alongside Hofman.
“We’ve been talking about this for eight years,” he said. “After everything he has done for me and a lot of other ballplayers, it’s great to be able to reunite.”
• The third annual Miami Dolphins Dade vs. Broward All-Star game will be played Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at Sun Life Stadium. The game will once again feature standouts from both counties.
Miami-Dade leads the series over Broward 2-0, having won last year’s game 36-26. Tickets are $12 per person.
• Close to 90 standout high school football players from Miami-Dade and Broward counties will compete Saturday when TRU Sports Foundation hosts its Fourth Annual Public vs. Private All-Star Game at Monsignor Pace High School. The coin toss will be conducted by City of Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert, and the kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m.
Players will be joined on the sideline by former and current NFL players, including ex-Monsignor Pace and University of Miami cornerback and current Pittsburgh Steeler DeMarcus Van Dyke. The Public squad will be looking to avenge last year’s 18-17 loss when Belen Jesuit’s Sergio Sroka nailed a 29-yard field goal on the last play of the game to give the Private team the win and a 2-1 series lead.
Archbishop Carroll coach Raviel Maisonet will head the Private team while Miami Norland coach Daryle Heidelburg will lead the way for the Public team. Halftime will feature a Battle of the Bands event between American High School and Mater Academy.
“It was a tremendous game last year, and we’re looking for an even better one this year,” game organizer Mario Smith said. “We’re extremely excited to host an All-Star game that not only allows players, parents and fans alike to experience an action-packed and competitive contest between some of South Florida’s top public and private schools, but incorporates time in the schedule for athletes to go out and make a difference in the lives of others, truly making this a community-wide event.”
Game tickets are $5 for high school students with a valid ID and $10 for general admission (children under 3 are admitted free). For more information, contact Smith or Claudienne Hibert at 305-740-2822 or visit www.trusportsfoundation.org.
• Calvary Christian 66, Northwest Christian 28 – CAL (9-7): Sieradzan 11, Isaac 11, Brownell 11, Pellingra 4, Ridenour 14, Nevils 15. NWC: Gelini 2, Jones 9, Tucker 5, West 12. Halftime: Cal 32-17.
• Cardinal Gibbons 29, Boca Raton High 38 – CG (10-5): Williams 11, Cohen 9, Jones 5, Ozaltin 2, Pollock 2. BR: Abby 12, Sonka 12, Chloe 5, Megan 3, Strobis 2, Tatiana 2, Bridget 2. Halftime: BR 21-17. Rebounds: Cohen 9, Jones 6, Williams 6. Assists: Williams 3. Steals: Cohen 3.
Westwood Christian 80, Westminster Christian 57 – WEC (12-3): Shoon 10, Conceicao 17, Gonzalez 5, Molina 2, Ramis 25, Joseph 17, Mortensen 4. WMC: Miller 6, McClean 22, Rane 4, Ira 8, Potter 4, Cutlins 6. Halftime: WEC 37-24. Three-pointers: Ramis 6, Joseph 1, McClean 2. Rebounds: Conceicao 15. Assists: Ramis 5. Steals: Shoon, Ramis 5.
• Columbus 68, Southwest 37 – COL (16-3) Melendez 16, Cortina 6, Minervino 10, Sires 12, Gutierrez 5, Rico 6, Vanzant 2, Sawyer 2, O’Brien 6, Rodriguez 3. SW: Knowles 2, Bornemann 6, Diaz 10, Juanes 2, Aluma 4, Noda 7, Garcia 6. Halftime: COL 36-16. Three-pointers: Melendez 4, Cortina 2, Minervino 2, Sires 4, Gutierrez 1, O’Brien 1. Assists: Minervino 6. Rebounds: Rodriguez: 7. Steals: Minervino 3, Melendez 3.
• Northwest Christian 90, Horeb Christian 54 – NWC: D. Jones 33, S.Roger 18, A.Goring 14. HC: Villaverde 27, Mazon 13, Sosa 9. Halftime: NCA 41-21. Rebounds: R.Fondrose 12. Assists: D.Jones 16. Steals: D.Jones 8.
• South Miami 74, Braddock 41 – SM: Cratit 17, Lopez 16, PerezLaham 10, Simmons 10, Lobue 7, Bartley 7, Ricondo 4, Barney 2. BRA: Arrieta 10, Ramos 6, Fernandez 6, Farinas 4, Echemendia 5, Garcia 3, Baron 3, Mendoza 2. Rebounds: Lopez 17. Assists: PerezLaham 6. Steals: PerezLaham 3.
• Hialeah gardens 63, Krop 35 – HG: Simoza 18, Gonzalez 13, Scilingo 8, Leonardo 8, Huertas 7, Kurnick 4, Frye 2, Sanchez 2.
• St. Thomas Aquinas 1, Liberty High (CA) 0: Ashley Cardounel 1 goal. ST 17-0.
• Westminster Academy 2, FAU High 0: Ryan Rickel two goals.
• Late Wednesday – Pine Crest 1- University School 0: Alex Britton Goal. Jack Marchetto assist. Steven Goldberg 10th shutout. PC 17-3-1.
• Hollywood Hills 36, South Plantation 30 – 106: double forfeit. 113: double forfeit. 120: Elchanan Herzek (HH) pinned Devin Hart (SP) 3:32. 126: Anthory Silvestre (HH) pinned Trey Hardy (SP) 3:25. 132: Paul Nikrooye-Asli (SP) forf..138: Michael Cardwell (SP) pinned Thomas o`Sullivan (HH) 3:41. 145: Mazin Hamad (SP) pinned Kyetrerius Burton (HH) 3:15. 152: Jacon Tamez (SP) forf.. 170: Joseph Moore (HH) forf.. 182: Kyle Selwyn (HH) forf.. 195: Jaret Insel (SP) forf.. 220: Lawrance Brown (HH) forf..285: Dyoney Auguste (HH) forf..
• South Plantation 36, Hallandale 12 – 120: Devin Hart (SP) forf..126: Trey Hardy (SP) forf..132: Michael Cardwell (SP) forf..138: Paul Nikrooye-Asli (SP) forf..145: Mazin Hamad (SP) forf..152: Heberth Betancourth (HAL) forf..195: Jaret Insel (SP) pinned Stephon Boulay (HAL) 1:16. 285: D`Angelo Minnis (HAL) forf..
Northeast vs. Boyd Anderson (Boyd Anderson), 7:30
Monarch vs. Coconut Creek (C. Creek), 7:30
Piper vs. Douglas (Home), 7:30
Hollywood Hills at Archbishop McCarthy, 7:30
Flanagan at Pines Charter, 7:30
Cardinal Gibbons vs. South Plantation (South Plantation), 7:30
Coral Springs vs. Taravella (Taravella), 7:30
Miramar vs. Western (Western), 7:30
American Heritage vs. Mourning (Mourning), 7:30
Coconut Creek vs. Blanche Ely (Blanche Ely), 5:00
Hollywood Hills vs. Boyd Anderson (Boyd Anderson), 5:00
South Broward vs. Fort Lauderdale (Home), 4:00
Everglades vs. McArthur (McArthur), 7:00
Spanish River vs. Monarch (Monarch), 4:00
St. Thomas Aquinas vs. Nova (Home), 7:00
Piper vs. Stranahan (Stranahan), 4:00
Cardinal Gibbons vs. Taravella (Taravella), 4:00
Cypress Bay vs. Western (Western), 7:00
Chaminade-Madonna vs. Mourning (Mourning), 3:30
Archbishop McCarthy vs. Cypress Bay (Cypress Bay), 3:00
Miramar vs. Cardinal Gibbons (Home), 6:00
Coral Glades vs. Cocoa High (Home), 3:00
Cooper City vs. Coral Springs (Home), 3:00
Everglades vs. Coral Springs (Home), 3:00
Flanagan vs. Coral Springs (Home), 3:00
Fort Lauderdale vs. Coral Springs (Home), 3:00
McArthur vs. Coral Springs (Home), 3:00
Monarch vs. Coral Springs (Home), 3:00
Taravella vs. Coral Springs (Home), 3:00
Flanagan vs. Cypress Bay (Cypress Bay), 3:00
Plantation vs. Cypress Bay (Cypress Bay), 3:00
St. Thomas Aquinas vs. Cypress Bay (Cypress Bay), 3:00
South Broward vs. Cypress Bay (Cypress Bay), 3:00
South Plantation vs. Cypress Bay (Cypress Bay), 3:00
Stranahan vs. Cypress Bay (Cypress Bay), 3:00
Western vs. Cypress Bay (Cypress Bay), 3:00
West Broward vs. Cypress Bay (Cypress Bay), 3:00
Nova vs. Manatee (Manatee), 3:00
Hollywood Hills vs. Archbishop McCarthy (McCarthy), 6:00
Dillard vs. Mourning (Mourning), 4:30
Piper vs. Douglas (Home), 6:00
Blanche Ely vs. Fort Lauderdale (Home), 6:00
Pompano Beach vs. Hallandale (Hallandale), 6:00
Cardinal Gibbons vs. South Plantation (South Plantation), 6:00
Coral Springs Charter vs. Norland (NOR), 7:30
Somerset Academy vs. Florida Christian (FCS), 7:00
Cardinal Gibbons vs. Jensen Beach (Jensen Beach), 6:00
Key West vs. Cooper City (Cooper City), 5:00
West Broward vs. Hallandale (Hallandale), 5:00
Everglades vs. McArthur (McArthur), 5:00
Cypress Bay vs. Western (Western), 5:00
Dade Christian vs. North Broward Prep (North Broward Prep), 6:00
Monsignor Pace vs. Archbishop McCarthy (McCarthy), 4:00
Deerfield Beach vs. Blanche Ely (Home), 7:30
Boyd Anderson vs. Pine Crest (Home), 7:30
Blanche Ely vs. Deerfield Beach (Home), 7:30
Archbishop McCarthy vs. Cypress Bay (Cypress Bay), 9:00AM
Deerfield Beach vs. Blanche Ely (Blanche Ely), 6:00
Blanche Ely vs. Deerfield Beach (Deerfield Beach), 6:00