Jen Hoover
Jen  Hoover

Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Wake Forest, 1991


Women's Basketball Set to Host School Day on Monday

More than 8,000 local students are expected to attend when Wake Forest hosts Jacksonville on Monday at 11 a.m.


Women's Basketball to Attend ACC Media Day on Wednesday

The Demon Deacons will be live in the press room at 10:45 a.m.


Join Clawson, Manning and Hoover at the Coaches Luncheon on Oct. 22

Wake Forest will host the second Coaches Luncheon of the season on Thursday, October 22nd at noon in the Windsor Club at the LJVM Coliseum


Women's Basketball Announces 2015-16 Non-Conference Schedule

The Demon Deacons will face six teams that went to the postseason a year ago


Wake Forest's ACC Tourney Run Ends in Quarterfinals

Duke topped Wake Forest 77-68 in the ACC Tournament Quarterfinals. Dearica Hamby finished with 26 points and 16 boards, breaking the program's all-time rebounding record.


2015-16 Wake Forest Women's Basketball: Deacs Battle Back to Take Down NC State

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.


Behind The Scenes: On the Road with the Deacs

Behind The Scenes: On the Road with the Deacs


2015 Wake Forest Women's Basketball: Deacs Storm Past Tar Heels 75-63

Wake Forest women's basketball took down North Carolina 75-63 on Jan. 21, 2016, for the first time since the 2004 season.


2015 ACC Media Day

Head coach Jen Hoover, sophomore Amber Campbell and senior Kandice Ball represented the Wake Forest women's basketball team at ACC Media Day in Greensboro.


Tennessee Tech Recap

The Demon Deacons topped Tennessee Tech 89-62 on Tuesday night to improve to 2-0 to start the season.


Wake Forest vs. North Carolina

Wake Forest used a hot start to build a double-digit lead on the way to beating North Carolina 75-63.


Wake Forest vs. Virginia

Virginia used a fourth-quarter comeback to beat Wake Forest 52-50, holding Wake Forest to three points in the quarter.


Wake Forest vs. Jacksonville

In front of a program-record crowd of 8,849, the Wake Forest women's basketball team picked up a 57-51 win over Jacksonville


Wake Forest vs. Davidson

Amber Campbell's game-high 20 points led Wake Forest to a 3-0 start with a 77-58 victory over Davidson.


Wake Forest vs. LSU

Wake Forest took down LSU 60-57 in the season-opener to move to 14-2 in its last 16 season-opening contests.

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Jennifer Hoover is in her fourth season as head coach of the Demon Deacon program in 2015-16. She was named the school's 10th women's basketball coach 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 where she starred for the Demon Deacons from 1987-91. She was a three-time All-ACC selection and is second on the school's career records 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, Okla. 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 the Demon Deacons have continued their streak of wins in the ACC Tournament. In 2014-15 the team won an ACC Tournament game for the seventh-straight season, the longest such streak in the ACC. The Deacs won two games in the ACC Tournament in 2015, marking just the second time in program history Wake Forest had two wins in the league championship.

Hoover had the rare opportunity to coach a player that broke her own program records. In 2014-15 Dearica Hamby broke Hoover's records for career points and rebounds at Wake Forest. Hamby became the first Demon Deacon ever selected in the WNBA Draft when she was taken with the No. 6 pick by the San Antonio Stars

The Deacons finished with a 13-19 record in Hoover's first season at the helm in 2012-13. She also guided the Deacs to an 80-72 victory at No. 18/20 Florida State, marking the school's first victory on the road over a ranked team since 1996.

In her one season at High Point, Hoover guided the Panthers to a 20-13 record and just the school's second appearance in the WNIT. The 20 wins were tied for the most in a single season since High Point moved to Division I in 1999. Hoover was named the 2012 Spalding Maggie Dixon Division I Rookie Coach of the Year.

Hoover's assistant coaching career began in 1994 and includes stints at Cal, Virginia and Memphis. In three seasons as assistant at Cal, Hoover helped lead the Bears to a cumulative record of 69-36, its first-ever NCAA Sweet Sixteen in 2009 and the 2010 Women's NIT Championship.

Prior to Cal, Hoover was associate head coach at Memphis, helping the team to more wins in 2007-08 than the previous two seasons combined. She spent four seasons at the University of Virginia, the final two as recruiting coordinator.

A post player herself, 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.

Following her collegiate playing career (1987-91), Hoover played professionally overseas for the 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
Birthdate October 12, 1969
Hometown Roanoke, Va.
Alma Mater Wake Forest, 1991
Degree Communication
Husband John
Children daughter Maggie (9)
Playing Background
Wake Forest, 1987-91
Three-time All-ACC performer ... Second 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.
Coaching History
College Record 61-68 (4 seasons)
2012-present (4th season) Head Coach, Wake Forest
2011-12 (1 season) Head Coach, High Point
2008-11 (3 seasons) Assistant Coach, California
2007-08 (1 season) Associate Head Coach, Memphis
2004-07 (3 seasons) Assistant Coach, Virginia
2003-04 (1 season) Director of Operations, Virginia
2002-03 (1 season) Assistant coach, Memphis
2000-02 (2 seasons) Assistant Coach, James Madison
1998-00 (2 seasons) Assistant Coach, East Carolina
1996-98 (2 seasons) Assistant Coach, Virginia Commonwealth
1994-96 (2 seasons) Assistant Coach, Missouri-Kansas City
Hoover's Year-by-Year Head Coaching Record
Season School W L Pct. W L Pct. Conference Finish
2011-12 High Point 20 13 .606 13 5 .722 2nd
2012-13 Wake Forest 13 19 .406 5 13 .278 t-9th
2013-14 Wake Forest 15 16 .484 5 11 .312 11th
2014-15 Wake Forest 13 20 .394 2 14 .125 13th
High Point Totals (1 season) 20 13 .606 13 5 .722
Wake Forest Totals
(3 seasons)
41 55 .439 12 38 .240
Career Totals (4 seasons) 61 68 .476 25 43 .367