43 AVCA All-Region Honors - 2 ACC Players-of-the-Year - 22 Twenty-Plus-Win Seasons
Meet the 2013 Team and 2008 (.391) and she had a pair of top-five marks for blocks per set over her career. Hoover is also no stranger to the development of young talent. Five times she has coached the ACC Rookie of the Year, with Jeannette Abbott earning the award most recently in 2005. Sandra Adeleye was the most recent Tiger to benefit form her tutelage, earning East Region freshman-of-the-Year honors, as well as a spot on the All-Region and All-ACC teams. Additionally, Alexa Rand was named to the All-ACC freshman team in 2009. Clemson played four freshman more than 100 sets, giving them valuable winning experiences as well as a taste of the NCAA tournament. The file also includes 1998 selection Jodi Steffes and 1999 selection Jessi Betcher. Steffes completed her career in 2001 as Clemson’s first four-time AVCA All-District honoree and was inducted into the Clemson Athletic Hall of Fame in the fall of 2009. Betcher finished her Tiger career in 2002 as Clemson all-time leader in assists with 1,551. Hoover has coached 14 different players to the All-ACC freshman team, including at least one in eight of the last 10 seasons. She placed two rookies on the squad in 2006 in Kelsey Murphy and Didem Ege, marking just the second time in program history that the conference All-Freshman team included two Tigers. Both were during Hoover’s reign. The development of Ege and Murphy combined with veterans at the five remaining positions to secure the 2007 squad’s place in Clemson history. Hoover led the team to an ACC Championship, a trip to the NCAA Tournament and the #22 final ranking with a 29-4 overall record and a program-best 21-1 mark in the conference. She was named the 2007 ACC Coach-of-the-Year, her second such honor, while coaching an unprecedented four AVCA Honorable Mention AllAmerica selections. The team established new standards for overall and conference winning streaks during the season at 14 and 17, respectively; and the .879 winning percentage for the year was the highest figure achieved by a Clemson women’s sports program in this century. Ege went on to win ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2009, as well as an All-ACC
selection after setting the ACC record for career digs, as she ended her career among the top 15 in NCAA history. Murphy closed out her career as a three-time All-ACC talents, and is the only player in league history to record 5000 assists, 1000 digs, and 400 blocks. With its team and individual success, the 2007 team etched its mark alongside that of the 1999 squad, whose season set the bar for Hoover and the program. That year, the Tigers posted a 31-3 overall record and finished the season ranked 22nd nationally. That .910 winning percentage was not only a Clemson volleyball record, but the top winning percentage for any Clemson sport in the decade of the 1990s. The season included an ACC regular season championship, a 27-game winning streak over the first nine matches of the season, a record four wins over Top 25 teams, and a record 16-match winning streak. The most impressive statistic might have been a perfect 12-0 record on the opponent’s home floor. Hoover led the Tigers to a #9 final RPI ranking that season as well. The 1999 season was Clemson’s fifth appearance in the NCAA Tournament in a seven-year period. Her 1993 and 1994 teams finished their seasons in the NCAAs, just the fourth time in Clemson athletic history a coach had taken a team to the NCAAs in the first two years with the program. Her first two teams were a combined 55-15 overall, 20-8 in ACC play. The 1997 and 1998 teams also reached NCAA Tournament play. The 1997 squad won the program’s first ever ACC Championship. Clemson upset then-undefeated and 13th-ranked Maryland to win the title, as three Tigers were chosen to the All-Tournament team for the first time in school history and Michelle Thieke was named tourney MVP. Clemson finished that year with a 26-8 ledger. The 1998 team reached the second round of the NCAAs before losing to second-ranked Penn State on its home court. It has a school record six wins in five-game matches. Hoover coached her 2008 squad to a second-straight NCAA appearance and another firstround victory, marking the first time ever that the Tigers reached the second round in back-toback seasons. Clemson posted a 23-10 overall record with a 14-6 ledger in conference play. In
Career record 512-260 (.667) Year-by-Year at Clemson Year Notes 2012 • 21-10 overall • Coached Sandra Adeleye to All-ACC honors • Natalie Patzin, Alex Rand earn ACC Postgrad Scholarships 2011 • 20-11 overall, 12-8 in ACC (t-5th) • Defeated #22 Miami at Clemson • Serenat Yaz, Sandra Adeleye, Alexa Rand named All-ACC 2010 • 18-13 Overall, 9-11 in ACC • Coached Sandra Adeleye to All-ACC and All-Region honors • Coached Mo Simmons and Hannah Brenner to ACC All-Freshman Team 2009 • 23-10 Overall, 13-7 ACC (4th place) • NCAA Tournament • Coached Sandra Adeleye, Didem Ege, Kelsey Murphy, and Lia Proctor to AVCA All-Region and All-America honors and All-ACC selections • Coached Adeleye and Alexa Rand to ACC All-Freshman Team honors • Coached Ege to ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors and the ACC record for career digs (2,303) 2008 • 23-10 Overall, 14-6 ACC (3rd place) • NCAA Tournament - 2nd round • Coached Danielle Hepburn to ACC Player-of-the-Year Honors • Coached Hepburn, Kelsey Murphy, and Lia Proctor to AVCA All-Region and All-America honors and All-ACC selections 2007 • Won ACC Title • 29-4 overall • ACC Coach-of-the-Year • Ranked #22 in final AVCA poll • NCAA Tournament - 2nd round • Coached school-record six players to All-ACC honors • Established longest winning streak in Clemson history (17 matches) 2006 • Finished 3rd in the ACC • Record 20-10 • Coached Jeannette Abbott and Danielle Hepburn to AVCA All-American Honors 2005 • Finished 10th in the ACC • Record 12-18 2004 • Upset ACC regular season champion Georgia Tech (3-1) • Coached Leslie Finn to AVCA All-America Honors • Earned 100th ACC Victory as Clemson Head Coach • Record 20-14 2003 • Finished tied for sixth in the ACC,18-16 2002 • Finished fifth in the ACC • Record 17-15 2001 • Finished seventh in the ACC, 11-17 2000 • Finished seventh in the ACC, 13-18 1999 • Finished season with #22 national ranking • NCAA Tournament Participant • ACC Regular Season Champions • Coached Cindy Stern to AVCA All-America Honors • Record 31-3, best in Clemson history
1998 • Became Clemson’s winningest volleyball coach • NCAA Tournament Participant • Finished fourth in the ACC • Record 22-11 1997 • Won Clemson volleyball’s first ACC Championship Title • NCAA Tournament • Reached 200th career victory • Defeated 13th ranked and 25-0 Maryland in the second round of the ACC Tournament • Record 26-8 1996 • Finished fourth in the ACC • Record 17-15 1995 • Finished second in the ACC • Record 23-10 1994 • ACC Coach of the Year • NCAA Tournament - 2nd round • Beat Stephen F. Austin for program’s first NCAA Tourna- ment win • Finished Second in the ACC Tournament • Record 28-8 1993 • NCAA Tournament Participant • First Ever Regional Ranking for Clemson Volleyball Team • Finished Second in the ACC • Record 27-8 1993 • Selected Head Volleyball Coach, Clemson University Clemson Record 419-229 (.642) Year-by-Year at Western Maryland College Year Notes 1992 • Record 34-7 1991 • Record 26-16 1990 • Record 33-8 WMC Record 93-31 (.750) Hoover Pre-Clemson Career Highlights 1989 • Assistant Coach, Illinois State University - NCAA Tournament 1988 • Assistant Coach, University of Tennessee - Finished second in the Southeastern Conference with a 23-12 Record 1987 • Finished third in the Southeastern Conference • Record 18-18 Hoover Playing Career Highlights Illinois State University • NCAA Tournament 1982, 83, 84, 85 • Gateway Conf. Champions 1982, 83, 84, 85 1985 • Team Record: 29-18, Team MVP • Player of the Year in the Gateway Conference 1984 • Team Record: 36-6, Ranked Ninth in the Nation 1983 • Team Record: 36-6, Named All-Conference
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