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Larry Hoff to be inducted into Osseo hall of fame

Former Superior Senior High School football coach Larry Hoff will be inducted into the Osseo (Minn.) Senior High Athletic Hall of Fame on Sept. 23 in conjunction with the Osseo and Totino Grace football game.

Hoff, along with Dick Aften, Heather Anderson, Scott Clark, Darren Droegemueller, David Droegemueller, Jessica Fiebelkorn Kerr, Warner Huss, Jack Leadens, Chad Mortenson, Mike Price and Dennis Stieg, will be introduced during a halftime ceremony.

Following the game there will be a gathering at the Osseo Legion for family, friends and fans.

“It’s a tremendous honor,” Hoff told the Sun Press newspaper. “It’s special being inducted along with two great individuals I looked up to that came through Osseo High School before me, Jack Leadins and Dennis Stieg. Two of Osseo’s finest. I’ve been fortunate to be inducted into a number of Hall of Fames, but this one, well, this is so special, for Osseo High School is where it all started for me. I feel very blessed.”

Hoff, who graduated from Osseo in 1962 and played football, basketball and baseball for the Orioles, is considered one of Osseo’s most outstanding all-around athletes ever.

In high school Hoff earned a record 11 varsity letters, including three in football, three in basketball and five in baseball. He was all-conference and all-state in football, leading scorer and all-conference in basketball, and named to the Post newspaper all-star team. In baseball he was also all-conference.

Hoff went on to Augsburg College in Minneapolis where he played football for four years and baseball for two.

He was an all-conference football player and was selected to play in the Minnesota College All-Star game. He was inducted into the Augsburg Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012.

Hoff, who lives in South Range, taught and coached football at Superior where he achieved a record of 112-52. He was later inducted into the Wisconsin Football Coaches Hall of Fame and the Superior High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

Upon retirement, Hoff went on to hike from Mexico to Canada, bicycle 10,000 miles around the entire USA and canoed from Washington, DC to the Pacific Ocean.

For his Osseo 50th reunion, he and fellow football co-captain Chuck Dorn, biked from Sacramento, Calif., to Osseo High School.