FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Following four memorable years in the Sunshine State, Nova Southeastern men’s basketball Director of Player Development Devin Hoehn will be headed back home, as the West Virginia native was formally announced as the new head coach of Bluefield State on Monday.
“My time at NSU was nothing short of amazing,” Hoehn expressed. “I would like to thank Director of Athletics Michael Mominey, Coach (Jim) Crutchfield and Coach (Jordan) Fee for welcoming me with open arms and making this West Virginia native feel right at home.
“The last four years were fundamental in both my personal and professional development, and have prepared me for this next step in my career. I am forever grateful for my experience and the relationships I built during my time in Florida. NSU will always be a part of me. Go Sharks!”
Fresh off his notable playing career at West Liberty, Hoehn transitioned into coaching when he followed Crutchfield to South Florida back in 2017. Upon his arrival, Hoehn helped transform the culture within the program, leading a previous 6-20 team to a combined 69-20 record during his tenure, including an NCAA South Region title and Sunshine State Conference regular season championship in 2018-19.
Throughout his stint, Hoehn coached a pair of All-Americans, four First Team All-SSC selections, two SSC Newcomer of the Year and two SSC Freshman of the Year recipients. In addition, the Sharks have had five players go on to sign professional contracts since Hoehn joined the staff.
“I am really going to miss Dev, yet I’m truly excited for this opportunity ahead of him at Bluefield State College,” said Crutchfield. “To be handed the reigns of a college basketball program that competes at the NCAA Division II level this early in his coaching career is amazing. I have enjoyed being around Devin the past nine years as a player and a coach. and I can honestly say that it would be difficult to find a nicer person. I am personally excited to follow his coaching career in years to come.”
With his added experience as a player under Crutchfield, Hoehn proved to be a pivotal piece to NSU’s quick turnaround. In just his first season on the bench, the Sharks’ pressing, up-tempo style led to an 11-win increase. The team averaged an SSC-best 90.1 points per game that same year, and in the process, cracked the nation’s Top-25 for the first in program history.
Hoehn’s efforts helped propel the Sharks to the NCAA Tournament for the very first time in 2018-19 on their way to an eventual Elite Eight appearance. The next season, NSU rose all the way to No. 1 in the national poll, ultimately finishing with a 23-6 record and a second straight bid to the tourney.
“I’ve known Devin for nearly a decade now and have yet to see him have a bad day,” Fee added. “That is what makes Devin so special. It’s been a joy to watch Devin walk into this program fresh off his playing career and develop from a first-year Graduate Assistant into a great assistant coach. His impact on our program has been immense, and his time spent here will be etched into the history books.
“I am so excited for this incredible opportunity he has ahead of him, but I will miss his daily presence. I am so thankful for all his hard work and dedication in helping us turn around this program over the last four years. I am thrilled to follow him along this amazing journey ahead.”
As a player, Hoehn was a four-year starter at guard at West Liberty, carrying the Hilltoppers to three Elite Eights, two Final Fours and two National Championship appearances. During his senior season, he posted averages of 17.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 32 starts, good enough to be named first team all-conference.
Bluefield State posted a record of 3-6 in an abbreviated 2020-21 season.