Tucson, AZ --- Dean A. Hoffman will join the University of Arizona’s Race Track Industry Program in January 2014.
Hoffman will teach racing courses as well as support the Program’s marketing efforts and its yearly conference, the Global Symposium on Racing & Gaming. The announcement was made by RTIP director Doug Reed.
Hoffman, long-time executive editor of the United States Trotting Association’s Hoof Beats magazine, brings a wealth of talent to the program and greatly increases the depth of knowledge of national and international harness racing to the faculty.
“We are excited to have Dean join the team. He adds a tremendous amount of experience and greatly expands the diversity of the faculty here,” said Reed.
After earning a degree with honors in Journalism, Hoffman started his career with advertising and public relations agencies before redirecting his skills to the harness industry and joining the USTA in 1981.
Since then, he has written five books on harness racing and breeding including the recently published Harness Racing in New York State, A History of Trotters, Tracks and Horsemen. Hoffman has won numerous awards for his contributions to racing including Harness Tracks of America’s Messenger Award, the highest honor given by the HTA, as well as their the Dan Patch Award for “immense contributions to the literature of harness racing.”
In 2006, he was inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame’s Communicators Corner.