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.
In the 2017-18 season, the Deacs advanced to the second round of the ACC Tournament for the ninth time in the last 10 seasons. In the opening round victory over Pittsburgh, Hoover's Demon Deacons held the Panthers to just 38 points, the fewest points allowed in ACC Tournament and Wake Forest postseason history. The team's 34-point margin of victory is a Wake Forest postseason record and the second-largest margin of victory over an ACC foe in program history. During the season, the team had three active 1,000 point scorers in Amber Campbell, Elisa Penna and Ariel Stephenson. Penna and Stephenson reached the 1,000-point mark during the season, marking the first time in program history that the team had three 1,000-point scorers on its roster. Penna was named All-ACC Second Team at the end of the year while Campbell was named to the All-Defensive Team, the first All-Defensive honoree for the Deacs since 2004.
Hoover guided the Demon Deacons to the postseason for the second consecutive season in 2017, as Wake Forest advanced to the second round of the WNIT. The postseason berth marked just the second time in program history in which the team advanced to postseason play in back-to-back seasons. Hoover led the Deacs to a road victory over No. 15/18 NC State on Feb. 19, the first road win over a ranked opponent since the 2012 season. Additionally, the Demon Deacons earned their highest ACC Tournament seed (No. 9) since 2012 while Alex Sharp was named to the ACC All-Freshman Team.
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 stream in the ACC at the time. 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.
Prior to coming back to Wake Forest, Hoover guided High Point to a 20-13 record in her one season with the Panthers and led the team to a WNIT appearance. The 20 wins tied for the most in a single season since High Point moved to Division I in 1999.
Hoover's assistant coaching career began in 1994 and included stints at California, Virginia, Memphis, James Madison, East Carolina, VCU and Missouri-Kansas City.
Hoover went to Berkeley after spending the 2007-08 season as the associate head coach at Memphis and helped the Tigers make significant improvements in her one season. After her first stint as an assistant coach at Memphis in 2002-03, Hoover spent four seasons at the University of Virginia and became the Cavaliers' recruiting coordinator for her final two years. She helped sign top-15 recruiting classes in 2005 and 2006 and helped the team to two 20-win seasons, an NCAA appearance and two WNIT berths. She helped Virginia ink junior college All-American center Aisha Mohammed and the 2006-07 ACC Rookie of the Year, Monica Wright. Wright also was a McDonald's All-American. While at Virginia, Hoover coached under Hall of Famer Debbie Ryan.
Hoover started her coaching career at the University of Missouri-Kansas City from 1994-96, then became an assistant at Virginia Commonwealth for two seasons (1996-98). She then spent two seasons at East Carolina (1998-00) before moving on to James Madison (2000-02), where she helped the Dukes to the WNIT Final Four. Hoover then made her first stop at Memphis in 2002-03, where she recruited and coached the Lady Tigers' post players. She also oversaw academics and the mentor program until she left in August of 2003 to join Ryan's staff at Virginia.
As a player, Hoover played professionally overseas following her Wake Forest career for 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.