Wake Forest have fired women’s basketball coach Jen Hoover, parting ways with the former Demon Deacons player after 10 seasons.
The school announced the move on Wednesday evening, with athletic director John Currie outlining the overall trajectory of the program as well as the turnover of the coaching staff. Wake Forest has only made the NCAA Tournament twice, although Hoover guided the Demon Deacons there in 2021.
“Wins and losses matter, we keep score,” Currie said in an online press conference with reporters. “At the same time, I believe Wake Forest over the past 10 years has steadily increased its investment in women’s basketball.
“I would never mention a specific record or a specific loss. It’s more of a body of work, so to speak.”
Hoover was an Atlantic Coast Conference performer as a Wake Forest player from 1987 to 1991.
“I am disappointed and deeply saddened to learn that I was terminated today without cause,” Hoover said. “I am so proud of our many accomplishments over the past 10 years, including returning the program to the NCAA in 2021.”
Still, the follow-up to that NCAA offer offered an example of Currie’s concerns about whether the program was making “forward progression.” This year’s team went 16-17 and only 4-14 in the league. After the season, the three assistants left, with associate head coach Erin Dickerson Davis becoming William & Mary’s head coach.
The decision came nearly two months after the Demon Deacons concluded the season with a WNIT second round loss to Middle Tennessee. Currie said the move followed a comprehensive review of the program, but the timing proved awkward given that Currie and Hoover were both in Florida attending ACC spring meetings this week.
Currie said he met Hoover after he concluded his part of the meetings there.
“The reality is there’s never a right time,” Currie said. “And once a decision has been made, the right thing to do for everyone involved is to go ahead and move forward with that decision.”