Jen Hoover • Head Coach
Jen Hoover enters her fifth 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 »
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 »
Lakeiva Boykin • Video Coordinator/Assistant Camp Director
Former Wake Forest women's basketball standout Lakevia Boykin has been named the program's video coordinator for the 2016-17 season, Demon Deacons' head coach Jen Hoover announced in September. Boykin returns to Wake Forest after spending four seasons with the program from 2009-10 to 2012-13.
"We are thrilled to welcome Lakevia Boykin back to Wake Forest and our women's basketball family," Hoover said. "She is very familiar with our program, our style of play and my coaching style and she knows what it takes to be successful on and off the court as a Demon Deacon. Her competitive drive and passion for Wake Forest, along with her experience in the ACC and at the international level will have an immediate impact on our program inspiring not only current players, but future Deacons to come."Read more »