Cascade graduate Trace Hoffman moved on from high school success to collegiate success playing baseball at the University of Iowa.
While at Cascade, Hoffman participated in basketball, baseball, track and field and football. Hoffman went to state for basketball twice and was a two-time all-conference selection.
During his junior season of baseball, Cascade’ made it to the state semifinals. He went 8-2 with a 0.78 earned run average during his senior season and logged 62 2/3 innings. It was in baseball that Hoffman was honored as a two-time all-state player.
In track and field, Hoffman made state for the high jump and placed 12th during his senior year. He was also an all-district selection for football his senior year.
Hoffman took his talents to the University of Iowa baseball team. He is currently majoring in enterprise leadership with a sports and recreation management minor. As a freshman, he was named first-team all-conference as a relief pitcher. During Hoffman’s sophomore season, he led the nation with 13 saves and went 3-3 with a 2.6 earned run average in 34-2/3 innings and spanning over 26 appearances.
In 2019, Hoffman went 5-2, averaged 6.49 earned runs, appeared in 29 games, all in a span of 34 2/3 innings. Those 29 appearances were tied for seventh in the Big Ten. On March 12, the NCAA and Big Ten conference canceled the remainder of games due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hoffman was able to put up some stats, however, going 0-0, averaging 2.25 in earned runs, and appeared in five games spanning over four innings.
Although his senior season was cut short, Hoffman commented on his time playing at Iowa, stating, “I just enjoyed meeting so many phenomenal people. My career has led me to meet some of my best friends, and to have some pretty memorable experiences. Even after my career is over, the thing I will remember the most are the people I have met, and the fun memories I made with these special people. I am truly grateful for having these experiences, and I look forward to many more.”