Wake Forest gutted out a 72-69 win over Charlotte in the WNIT on March 17, 2016. Amber Campbell hit a three in the final minutes to seal the deal in Wake Forest's first postseason appearance since 2012.
Wake Forest fell behind 16-3 in the first quarter, but battled back and ultimately came away with a 63-58 victory over No. RV/RV NC State on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2016. It marks the first win over NC State since 2013 and gives Wake Forest wins over NC State and North Carolina in the same season for the first time since 2003-04.
Wake Forest used a hot start to build a double-digit lead on the way to beating North Carolina 75-63.
Jen Hoover enters her fifth season at the helm of the Wake Forest women's basketball program in 2016-17. She was named the school's 10th coach in program history in May of 2012. Hoover came to Wake Forest after one season as the head women's basketball coach at High Point.
Hoover returned to Wake Forest to lead the program after starring for the Demon Deacons from 1987-91. She was a three-time All-ACC selection and is second on the school's career record charts for points (1,728) and rebounds (1,006). Hoover was a member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll and a member of the South team that won the bronze medal at the 1989 Olympic Festival in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She also led the Deacs to their only NCAA Tournament appearance in 1988. Hoover was inducted to the school's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002.
Under Hoover's guidance, the Demon Deacons have continued their successful run in ACC Tournament play. In 2015-16, Wake Forest won an ACC Tournament game for the eighth-straight year, the longest such streak currently in the ACC. The Deacs won one game in 2016 and earned two victories as the No. 13 seed in the 2015 ACC Tournament, marking just the second time in program history Wake Forest had two wins in the league championship.
In 2015-16, Hoover helped guide the Demon Deacons to new heights as they won 17 games overall and six ACC regular-season contests. Both totals are highest since Hoover took over as head coach in 2012 and the six ACC victories tie for the third-most in a single season in program history. Wake Forest finished 10th in the ACC after being picked 14th in the preseason polls by both the Blue Ribbon Panel and the ACC's Head Coaches.
At season's end, Wake Forest earned its first postseason tournament berth since the 2011-12 campaign in earning an at-large bid to the WNIT. The Demon Deacons went on the road to top Charlotte in the first round before being eliminated by Florida Gulf Coast in the second round.
Hoover had the rare opportunity to coach a player that broke her own program records. In 2014-15, Dearica Hamby broke her coach's records for career points and rebounds. Hamby went on to become the first Demon Deacon to ever be selected in the WNBA Draft when she was taken sixth overall by the San Antonio Stars.
In Hoover's first two seasons leading the program, Wake Forest went 13-19 in year No. 1 in 2012-13, but she did guide the Deacs to an upset road victory over No. 18 Florida State. The win marked the school's first victory on the road over a ranked team since 1996. In 2013-14, the Deacs finished with an overall record of 15-16 with five ACC wins, including another victory over a ranked Florida State team. This time, the Deacs knocked off No. 23 FSU in Winston-Salem in convincing fashion, beating the Seminoles 78-54.
Prior to coming back to Wake Forest, Hoover guided High Point to a 20-13 record in her one season with the Panthers and led the team to a WNIT appearance. The 20 wins tied for the most in a single season since High Point moved to Division I in 1999. Hoover was named the 2012 Spalding Maggie Dixion Division I Rookie Coach of the Year after the season.
Hoover's assistant coaching career began in 1994 and included stints at California, Virginia, Memphis, James Madison, East Carolina, VCU and Missouri-Kansas City.
In three seasons as an assistant at California, from 2008-11, she helped the Golden Bears to a cumulative 69-36 record while Cal went to the program's first-ever Sweet 16 in 2009 and won the 2010 WNIT Championship. A post player herself during her playing days, Hoover has an impressive reputation for developing forwards at the highest level. Hoover was named one of the ACC's top-50 all-time players and is still one of only two Demon Deacons to surpass 1,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds. Among the post players Hoover coached at Cal were All-Americans Ashley Walker and Devanei Hampton as well as All-Freshman selections DeNesha Stallworth and Gennifer Brandon. At Cal, Hoover worked with all aspects of the program, including on-court coaching, recruiting and scouting and helped the Golden Bears to postseason appearances in all three of her seasons. She helped bring in back-to-back top 10 recruiting classes, including the No. 1 class in 2009.
Hoover went to Berkeley after spending the 2007-08 season as the associate head coach at Memphis and helped the Tigers make significant improvements in her one season. After her first stint as an assistant coach at Memphis in 2002-03, Hoover spent four seasons at the University of Virginia and became the Cavaliers' recruiting coordinator for her final two years. She helped sign top-15 recruiting classes in 2005 and 2006 and helped the team to two 20-win seasons, an NCAA appearance and two WNIT berths. She helped Virginia ink junior college All-American center Aisha Mohammed and the 2006-07 ACC Rookie of the Year, Monica Wright. Wright also was a McDonald's All-American. While at Virginia, Hoover coached under Hall of Famer Debbie Ryan.
Hoover started her coaching career at the University of Missouri-Kansas City from 1994-96, then became an assistant at Virginia Commonwealth for two seasons (1996-98). She then spent two seasons at East Carolina (1998-00) before moving on to James Madison (2000-02), where she helped the Dukes to the WNIT Final Four. Hoover then made her first stop at Memphis in 2002-03, where she recruited and coached the Lady Tigers' post players. She also oversaw academics and the mentor program until she left in August of 2003 to join Ryan's staff at Virginia.
As a player, Hoover played professionally overseas following her Wake Forest career for Solna IF Basketball Team in Stockholm, Sweden, from 1991-92. She played the 1993 season with Athletes in Action on the USA Fall Exhibition Tour and the Australian spring tour before starting her coaching career.
Hoover married her husband, John, in 2001 and the two have one daughter, Maggie.
The Jen Hoover File
October 12, 1969
Wake Forest, ‘91
John (Married 2001)
Playing Career (at WF)
Three-time All-ACC performer ... Second on the school's career scoring (1,728) and rebounding (1,006) lists ... Was part of 70 wins in her career, which is the second-most in school history ... Led the team to the school's only NCAA Tournament appearance in 1998.