Women's Basketball Announces Pair of Staff Additions
July 27, 2017

By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeWBB)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Wake Forest head women's basketball coach Jen Hoover announced Thursday (July 27) the addition of two individuals to the women's basketball staff. Brooke Thomas, a former standout for the Demon Deacons from 2008-12, comes back to Wake Forest as the Director of Basketball Operations while Jill Zeller was named the team's Director of Sports Performance.

"We are very excited to bring back one of our former players, Brooke Thomas, as our Director of Basketball Operations," said Hoover. "Brooke was a phenomenal leader during her playing career at Wake Forest, and I look forward to seeing her leadership skills exhibited as a staff member. I truly believe her enthusiasm and positive attitude will have an immediate impact on our players. Her familiarity with our program and the Wake Forest athletic department truly made her the perfect fit."

A guard for the Demon Deacons for four seasons, Thomas holds the program record for career assists (513) and ranks second in career steals (252). The native of Orlando, Florida, appeared in 129 career games and made 106 starts, both of which rank second all-time at Wake Forest. Thomas led the Deacs in assists all four years, breaking the freshman assists record with a personal-best 148.

Following her graduation from Wake Forest with a bachelor's degree in Communications and a minor in Journalism, Thomas spent time working with Fox Sports Florida as a special contributor and production assistant. She also served as the color commentator for the University of Central Florida's women's basketball team. Most recently, Thomas worked with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) in Orlando as the area director.


 

 

Zeller joins the Demon Deacons following two seasons as the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach and Internship Coordinator for Boston University. While with the Terriers, Zeller worked specifically with the women's basketball, women's soccer and rowing programs while assisting with the women's ice hockey team. Zeller comes to the Deacs with vast strength and conditioning experience, having worked at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, with the USA Women's Hockey Team, Newton North High School and Mike Boyle's Strength and Conditioning. She also served as an intern for Northeastern University, Athlete's Performance in Phoenix and at James Madison.

"I am thrilled to have Jill Zeller join our staff as the new Director of Sports Performance," added Hoover. "With Jill's impressive resume and proven track record, she will undoubtedly make an immediate impact on our program. She will be an asset to the development of our players athletically, and prepare them on a daily basis to compete in the ACC, the best basketball conference in the country. I am excited to see how her work directly contributes to our team's continued growth as we strive to compete for championships."

Zeller is a certified Strength and Conditioning Collegiate Coach (SCCC) and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) while also having certificates in Functional Movement Screen, Precision Nutrition Level 1, Joel Jamison Conditioning and Functional Range Conditioning Mobility. She earned her bachelor's degree in Kinesiology from James Madison University in 2011 and her master's in Coaching Education and Sport Psychology from Boston University in 2014.

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