Hoover begins to fill out her staff for the coming season
Jaida Williams begins her first season with the Wake Forest women's basketball program in 2012-13.
Williams joins the Demon Deacon staff after stops at Iowa, South Florida and UC Santa Barbara. Williams was at UCSB for three seasons from 2008-11. In two out of the three seasons with the Gauchos, she played an instrumental role in helping UCSB win the Big West regular-season and tournament titles. UCSB made an appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 2009 and received a berth into the WNIT in 2011.
Williams joined the Gaucho staff after two successful seasons as an assistant at the University of South Florida from 2006-08, where she assisted with recruiting, game preparation, and player development. During her stint at USF, she successfully recruited a Top 14 class and made post season appearances. Before joining the staff at South Florida, Williams served as the director of operations at the University of Iowa for one season.
As a player, Williams was a standout for Cal Poly Pomona from 2002-05, helping the Broncos to a 23-7 record her senior season. Graduating in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in journalism, Williams helped lead Cal Poly Pomona to a spot in the NCAA Tournament Regional Final before losing to Seattle Pacific.
Originally recruited to play at Barry University by current USF coach Jose Fernandez, Williams helped the Buccaneers to a 21-9 record as a freshman, where she was named to the Sunshine State Conference's All-Freshmen Team. In her sophomore season at Barry, Williams led the team in both scoring and rebounding, averaging 15.8 points and 9.9 rebounds per game earning recognition on the All-SSC First Team and as a Kodak All-American honorable mention.