Jen Hoover • Head Coach
Jen Hoover enters her sixth 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.
In the last two seasons, Wake Forest has earned back to back postseason tournament bids to the WNIT. The Demon Deacons hosted Bethune-Cookman in the first round defeating them 71-42, before being eliminated on the road by Middle Tennessee State in the second round.Read more »
JERMAINE WOODS • Assistant Coach
Jermaine Woods joined the Wake Forest women's basketball team in June of 2017 as an assistant coach, and will primarily work with the guards and assist in all aspects of the program.
Woods joined the Deacs following a two-year stop a Old Dominion, where he served as an assistant coach and the recruiting coordinator for the Lady Monarchs. Under his watch as the recruiting coordinator, the 2016 class featured a ESPN top-100 prospect, a McDonald's All-American nominee and a signee who was the leading scorer on a team that ranked in the top 15 nationally, according to ESPNW.
During the 2016-17 season, Woods helped coach guard Jennie Simms to honorable mention AP All-American honors as well as C-USA Player of the Year accolades. Simms was a three-time first team All-C-USA recipient and finished her career fifth all-time in scoring. She would go on to be the 18th overall pick in the 2017 WNBA Draft by the Washington Mystics.
No stranger to the ACC, Woods joined Old Dominion following a two-year stint as an assistant coach at Virginia Tech. Woods was responsible for bringing in a recruiting class that ranked 19th nationally by ESPNW, the highest-rated recruiting class in program history. The two top-50 signees both came from Woods' recruiting region as he established relationships with some of the top AAU programs in his area.Read more »
LISA CERMIGNANO • Assistant Coach
Lisa Cermignano joined the Wake Forest women's basketball in June of 2017 as an assistant coach. Coming to Winston-Salem with over 20 years of collegiate coaching experience, Cermignano will work primarily with the guards.
Cermignano joined the Deacs following a four-year stint as the head coach at Wagner College in Staten Island, New York. Prior to her time at Wagner, Cermignano served stints as an assistant coach at the University of Illinois, Vanderbilt University and George Washington University, her alma mater. At those three schools, Cermignano's teams played in the NCAA Tournament seven times, including a pair of Sweet 16 appearances while at Vanderbilt.
Along with the Commodores' three NCAA tournament appearances and two Sweet 16 berths, Cermignano helped lead Vanderbilt to a pair of SEC Tournament titles, claiming the 2007 and 2009 conference championships. Four student-athletes were taken in the WNBA draft during Cermignano's tenure, including Carla Thomas who was the 10th overall selection in the 2007 WNBA Draft.
One of the most decorated players in George Washington history, Cermignano was inducted into the George Washington Hall of Fame in 2008 following a career in which she led the team to NCAA appearances in all four years, including a run to the Sweet 16 in 1995 and to the Elite Eight in 1997. A member of the 1,000-point club (1,278), Cermignano was a three-year starter and a tri-captain for the 1997-98 season. During her four years of playing, the Colonials posted a record of 103-27.Read more »
Dane Sparrow • Assistant Coach
Dane Sparrow enters his fourth season with the Wake Forest women’s basketball program in 2016-17, but the campaign will mark his first as an assistant coach after being promoted from director of basketball operations in April 2016.
Sparrow came to Wake Forest in 2013 as the team’s video coordinator. He served in the position for one season before being promoted to director of basketball operations for two seasons. Prior to his time with the Demon Deacons, Sparrow was the video coordinator for UNCG in 2011-12.
Sparrow played collegiate basketball at Lander University, a Division II program in Greenwood, South Carolina. A four-year starter, Sparrow played in 111 games for the Bearcats and finished with the fourth-most three-pointers made in school history with 197. He was named the team MVP in 2009-10 after averaging 10.9 points per game, as he shot better than 41 percent from beyond the arc.Read more »
Brooke Thomas • Director of Basketball Operations
Former Wake Forest women's basketball standout Brooke Thomas returned to the program prior to the start of the 2017-18 season to server as the team's Director of Basketball Operations.
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.Read more »
Jimmy Yu • Video Coordinator/Assistant Director of Operations
Jimmy Yu joined the women's basketball staff prior to the 2017-18 season to serve as the team's video coordinator.
Yu is no stranger to the ACC as he joined the Deacs following his graduation from the University of Louisville. During his time with the Cardinals, Yu was a member of the women’s basketball staff for two years, serving as the head manager before transitioning into an intern for head coach Jeff Walz.
While on staff, Yu helped facilitate an elite college level program camp for some of the top prospects and teams in the country. He assisted in the breakdown of film and player clips for the coaching staff and helped coordinate official and unofficial visits for prospective student-athletes.
He aided the operations staff at Louisville by creating itineraries and securing reservations for flights and hotels during the regular season as well as the team’s international trip to Cuba.
A native of Midlothian, Virginia, Yu graduated from Louisville in December of 2016 with a degree in sport administration.Read more »