Jennifer Hoover rejoined the Lady Tiger Basketball staff in April, after spending the previous four seasons as an Assistant Coach at the University of Virginia.
"It's very encouraging add Jennifer Hoover to our basketball staff. She brings a lot of experience in recruiting as well as the Xs and Ox of the game," Savage said. "Her playing experience overseas and her success at Wake Forest will be a valuable asset to our post players in developing their games. Having worked with her in the past, I know Coach Hoover's abilities as a coach, and with our staff now complete, we can focus on moving in the right direction. "
Hoover was previously an assistant at Memphis during the 2002-03 season, working with Savage as a part of Joye Lee-McNelis' staff. Hoover then joined the coaching staff at the University of Virginia as the Director of Basketball Operations, before being promoted to an assistant coach. Hoover became the Cavaliers' recruiting coordinator and helped the Cavaliers finish the 2006-07 season with a 19-15 overall record, falling to eventual WNIT finalist Wisconsin in the quarterfinal round, 84-78.
Hoover, who also handled on-court coaching, scouting, player development and summer camps at Virginia, has 13 years of assistant coaching experience at the NCAA Division I level. She started her coaching career at UMKC, working there for two seasons before becoming an assistant at Virginia Commonwealth for two seasons. She then spent two seasons at current Conference USA foe East Carolina from 1998-2000 before moving to James Madison University, where she helped JMU to the WNIT Final Four.
Hoover, who played college basketball at Wake Forest under her maiden name of Jenny Mitchell, then made her first stop in Memphis in 2002-03, working on recruiting and coaching the Lady Tiger post players. She also oversaw academics and the mentor program before leaving in April of 2003 to join Debbie Ryan's staff at Virginia.
At Virginia, Hoover has helped UVa to two 20-win seasons over the past three years and to a 19-15 mark this past season. The Cavaliers bounced back from a 13-16 record in her first season at UVa with an NCAA appearance in 2004-05 and back-to-back WNIT appearances the next two seasons. She also helped UVa ink junior college All-American center Aisha Mohammed, who ended up missing all of the past season due to injury.
In her playing days, Hoover was a three-time All-ACC honoree at Wake Forest. She still holds the Wake Forest career mark in points (1,728) and rebounds (1,006) and is the only women's basketball player at Wake Forest to pass both the 1,000 career point and rebounding mark. 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.
Following her collegiate playing career (1988-91), Hoover played professionally overseas, playing 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 is a graduate of William Byrd High School. She graduated from Wake Forest in 1991 with a degree in communications and in 2002, was named one of the Top 50 ACC women's basketball players.
Hoover and her husband John have one daughter, Maggie.