Breen Hofmann was part kid and part man in high school. He was one of those guys that never tried to be cool; he just was. The other kids looked up to him, not because he was a “rah-rah” type of leader, but because he was Breen, a teammate you didn’t want to disappoint. He practiced as hard as he played and his level of effort was always beyond what one would think possible. The entire team tried harder as a result.
Breen began his high school career as the MVP of the frosh-soph football team. He progressed to MVP on the junior varsity soccer team and then finished off the year behind the plate with the frosh-soph baseball team. He was so good at football and already so physically big and strong, that he was moved up to the varsity football team as a sophomore. He ran the ball on offense and led the defense as a linebacker. He was the MVP of that team, also. Breen traded his soccer shoes in for wrestling shoes that winter and continued to play three sports as a member of the frosh-soph baseball team that spring.
In his junior and senior years, Breen continued running the ball and backing up the defensive line. By his senior year, he had amassed some impressive honors. In football, he was named MVP, First Team All-League, All County and All Bay Area. Breen was the unlimited weight league champion in wrestling, completing the season undefeated. And he closed out his high school career as team captain and First Team All-League in baseball.
After high school, Breen continued playing football at the College of San Mateo and baseball at Skyline. He has been very active in the Coastside community, coaching youth soccer, baseball and football. He has been president of Coastside Pop Warner football for the past six years. Because of his extensive work with Coastside youth, Breen was recently awarded the Perry Yonamine Unity Award by the San Francisco 49ers.
Breen credits his father, Breen Sr., for his support throughout his career. He also acknowledges his former coach, Jack Coolidge, who was the head football coach at Half Moon Bay High School during Breen’s career. Says Breen, “Jack Coolidge was a great motivator. I often use his style of coaching when I am leading a team.” Bob Gaines, who coached Breen for five years, taught him to always compete above my abilities.
Breen and his wife Emma live in Half Moon Bay with sons Chase and Tristan.