Jennifer Hoover, a 14-year NCAA Division I coaching veteran whose stops have included Virginia and Memphis, was named an assistant coach of the California women's basketball team in June of 2008.
Hoover, who was chosen one of the top-50 all-time greatest women's basketball players in Atlantic Coast Conference history in 2002, works with all aspects of the Cal program, including on-court coaching, recruiting and scouting. With extensive post experience as a player and coach, Hoover will oversee the development of the Bears' post players.
Hoover came to Berkeley after spending the 2007-08 season as the associate head coach at Memphis. Her husband, John, served as the director of operations for the Memphis women's basketball team last season.
After her first stint as an assistant coach at Memphis in 2002-03, Hoover was hired at the University of Virginia as the director of basketball operations and was promoted to assistant coach after less than a year. Hoover became the Cavaliers' recruiting coordinator and helped them finish the 2006-07 season with a 19-15 overall record, falling to eventual WNIT finalist Wisconsin in the quarterfinals, 84-78. While at Virginia, Hoover learned from legendary head coach Debbie Ryan, who is a member of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.
Hoover helped Virginia record two 20-win seasons. The ACC team bounced back from a 13-16 record in her first year in Charlottesville, Va., with an NCAA appearance in 2004-05 and back-to-back WNIT berths the next two seasons. She also 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.
Hoover, who also handled on-court coaching, scouting, player development and summer camps at Virginia, started her coaching career at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, working there from 1994-96 prior to becoming an assistant at Virginia Commonwealth for two seasons (1996-98). She then spent two seasons at East Carolina (1998-00) before moving to James Madison (2000-02), where she helped the Dukes to the WNIT Final Four.
Hoover then made her first stop in 2002-03 at Memphis, 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.
In her playing days, Hoover was a three-time All-ACC honoree at Wake Forest. The forward/center still holds the Wake Forest career records for points (1,728) and rebounds (1,006), and is the only women's basketball player at Wake Forest to surpass both the 1,000-career point and rebounding marks. Also a member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll, Hoover was named a Fast Break All-American during her junior and senior seasons, and was a member of the South team that won the bronze medal at the 1989 Olympic Festival in Oklahoma City, Okla. She helped Wake Forest to the second round of the 1988 NCAA Tournament, playing under her maiden name, Jenny Mitchell.
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.
A native of Roanoke, Va., Hoover graduated from Wake Forest in 1991 with a degree in communications. In 2007, she was selected to the Wake Forest Athletic Hall of Fame.
Hoover met her husband, John, on the recruiting trails in March of 2000, while he was an assistant coach at New Mexico Junior College. The Hoovers' daughter, Maggie, 4, was born on April 4, 2006 ("the day that Maryland beat Duke in the NCAA Championship game"). They reside in Lafayette, Calif., a Mastiff named Butkiss.
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