Top women's basketball assistant to become head coach at High Point

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In the wake of Cal women's basketball head coach Joanne Boyle's departure, her top assistant has decided to move on as well.

Jennifer Hoover will be the new head coach of High Point University, its Athletic Director Craig Keilitz announced on Tuesday.

"She is a proven winner who has been successful at great academic and athletic institutions," Keilitz said. "She has great ties and a great understanding of this region as it relates to recruiting. We think she'll be a tremendous asset and role model for our current and future women's basketball players, both on and off the court."

Hoover was in her third year as an assistant at Cal. During her tenure with the Bears, she was part of the squad's Sweet 16 appearance in 2009 and helped sign the nation's No. 3 recruiting class, according to ESPN, for the following season. A three-time All-ACC player at Wake Forest, where she holds the school scoring record, Hoover was instrumental in Cal's recruiting and scouting, and helped develop its post players.

Three weeks after the Bears ended their disappointing 2010-11 campaign in the second round of the WNIT with an 18-16 record, Boyle stepped down as head coach to take the reigns at Virginia. The news came after the squad's leading scorer on the season, DeNesha Stallworth, announced her intention to transfer from the program.

A 14-year coaching veteran, Hoover was an assistant at Memphis and Virginia before joining the Bears' staff in June of 2008.

The High Point Panthers, located in High Point, N.C., went 16-15 this past season, losing in the second round of the Big South Tournament to top seed Liberty.

Jonathan Kuperberg covers women's basketball. Contact him at [email protected]

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