Staff
Head Coach
Jen Hoover

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.

Assistant Coach
Jermaine Woods

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.

Under Woods' watch, he guided Amber Campbell to the All-ACC Defensive Team following the 2017-18 season, marking the first time since 2004 that a Deac was represented on the team. Additionally, he helped coach Elisa Penna to All-ACC Second Team honors, the first All-ACC honoree since 2015.

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.

Woods' 2017 class was the top-ranked recruiting class in the state of Virginia and featured an All-Star Girls Report top-100 prospect. Both of Woods' recruiting classes were the highest rated recruiting classes in Conference USA and both ranked in the top 43 nationally.

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.

During his time at Old Dominion and Virginia Tech, Woods worked directly with the guards and post players, oversaw the academics of the student-athletes and coordinated the programs' involvement in the community.

As a player, Woods spent one season at Belmont Abbey College before playing his final three seasons at Christopher Newport University where he was a two-time first team All-Dixie Conference honoree. He was named the league's Newcomer of the Year award in his first year and broke the team's three-point record as a junior before topping his own record as a senior. He holds the Christopher Newport single-game, season and career records for three-pointers made.

A D3 Hoops All-American, Woods was a two-time conference tournament MVP, a two-time All-South Region second team honoree, the leading scorer on the only team in CNU history to advance to the Elite 8 and ended his career ranked 10th on the program's all-time scoring list. Following graduation, Woods spent time as a high school and AAU coach.

Assistant Coach
Melissa D'Amico

Melissa D'Amico joined the women's basketball staff in June of 2018 as an assistant coach.

D'Amico joined the Demon Deacons following a three-year stint at Yale where she served as the recruiting coordinator while coaching the posts and forwards. While with the Bulldogs, D'Amico mentored the team's leading scorer, Nyasha Sarju, who improved her scoring by eight points per game and rebounding by three boards per game under D'Amico's watch. She was also responsible for coaching Jennifer Berkowitz, who was named All-Ivy League honorable mention in 2017 before being named First Team All-Ivy League in 2018.

D'Amico was also responsible for all facets of recruiting, including budgeting, recruiting lists, travel and visits. During her time, D'Amico successfully recruited the Texas Large Private School Player of the Year as well as the 2018 Colorado Gatorade Player of the Year to Yale.

Following her first year on staff at Yale, D'Amico was named a recipient of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association "Thirty Under 30", which recognizes 30 up-and-coming women's basketball coaches age 30 and under at all levels of the game.

Before Yale, D'Amico spent two seasons as an assistant women's basketball coach at Colgate. She served as the program's top assistant and was an integral part in leading the Raiders to their best season since the 2003-04 Patriot League Championship team.

While at Colgate, she helped the team achieve its best conference winning percentage since 2005-06. During the two seasons, the Raiders had their highest win total in a decade and hosted a Patriot League tournament game for the first time since 2003-04.

D'Amico joined the Colgate staff following a five-year professional basketball career in Europe and Asia.

A 2008 graduate of Notre Dame with a degree in science-business, D'Amico was a four-year letterwinner who started in 58 of 119 games for the Fighting Irish. She received Big East Player of the Week honors in both 2006 and 2007. In her four-year career, Notre Dame was ranked as high as fourth in the nation, made an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance, and was 90-39 overall.

Assistant Coach
Dane Sparrow

Dane Sparrow enters his sixth season with the Wake Forest women's basketball program in 2018-19, with the campaign marking his third as an assistant coach after being promoted from director of basketball operations in April 2016.

During the 2017-18 season, Sparrow guided Tyra Whitehead to the first two double-doubles of her career while also adding a career-high 23 points. Whitehead scored in double figures in 11 contests on the year. Additionally, Ona Udoh added two double-figure games, including a career-high 19 points against No. 12 Florida State, as well as a pair of double-digit rebounding efforts. Against Elon, Udoh hauled in a career-best 15 rebounds.

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.

After his career at Lander, Sparrow transferred to UNCG to finish his degree, graduating in 2012 with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration.

Sparrow currently resides in Winston-Salem

Director of Basketball Operations
Olivia Bresnahan

Olivia Bresnahan joined the Demon Deacons in the summer of 2018 as the director of operations for the women's basketball program.

Bresnahan joined the Demon Deacons after spending the last three seasons as a graduate assistant at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. While on the Dukes' staff, Bresnahan was responsible for numerous aspects of the program, including the management of team video, apparel purchasing and the compilation of scouting reports. Additionally, Bresnahan worked closely with the coaching staff to budget the team's 2017 foreign tour.

Bresnahan transitioned from player to coach after concluding her playing career at Duquesne where she was named a team captain for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons.

No stranger to the ACC, Bresnahan began her playing career at Florida State where she was a two-time Gold Torch Academic Award winner for the best GPA.

Bresnahan received her bachelor's degree in business administration; marketing in 2015 and her master's degree in business administration in 2017, both from Duquesne.

Video Coordinator / Assistant Director of Player Operations
Chase Vaden

Chase Vaden joined the women's basketball staff in the summer of 2018 as the team's video coordinator and assistant director of operations.

A Winston-Salem native who graduated from Reagan High School, Vaden joined the Deacs with years of video and technical experience. Vaden most recently worked with the Winston-Salem Dash in a variety of roles, including serving as a camera operator and as a designer of gameday graphics.

He also worked with NetCast Sports as a technical director, camera operator and in the production of graphics. He has also worked with FloHoops as a play-by-play announcer for some of the top high school basketball tournaments and showcases across the country.

A 2014 graduate of Ronald W. Reagan High School, Vaden received his associate's degree in arts from Forsyth Technical Community College while graduating with his bachelor's degree in electronic media/broadcasting from Appalachian State in 2018.