Western Md. volleyball coach leaves to take job at Clemson


Western Maryland College volleyball coach Jolene Hoover has been named the new head coach at Clemson University.

Hoover, 28, compiled a 93-31 record in three years at Western Maryland. In 1990, she led the Green Terrors to a Middle Atlantic Conference Southwest section title with a 33-8 record.

The Clemson job became available when former coach Linda White accepted a senior administrative position in the school's athletic department last year. This season, interim coach Ernie Arill guided the Atlantic Coast Conference school to a 24-9 season.

"We had approximately 80 applicants for the job, and it was a very difficult decision," said Dwight Rainey, senior assistant athletic director at Clemson. "Although [Hoover] is very young, she brings much experience to Clemson on the Division I level as a player and as an assistant coach at some reputable programs."

Hoover, a native of Kankakee, Ill., was a two-time Gateway Collegiate Athletic Conference All-Star at Illinois State, where she also served as an assistant coach for one season.

She played with Major League Volleyball's Chicago Breeze in 1985 and was part of the U.S. team that played in the 1985 World University Games in Japan.

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