Dec. 9, 1999
CLEMSON, S.C. – Clemson head volleyball coach Jolene Jordan Hoover, now in her seventh season at the helm of the Tiger program, was named the 1999 Tachikara/AVCA District III Coach of the Year. Hoover will represent District III on the National Coach of the Year ballot.
Hoover became Clemson’s all-time winningest volleyball coach during the 1998 season. She holds a 174-63 record at Clemson and is 267-94 for her career. In ACC matches, she has a stellar 84-37 record for a .694 winning percentage, best among active league head coaches.
During the 1999 season, Hoover led the team to a 31-3 overall record and a 15-1 ACC record. The team’s .912 winning percentage is the best of any Clemson athletic team this decade. Clemson earned its first top 25 national ranking at the beginning of the year and stayed in the poll throughout the season. The Tigers spent three weeks at number 13, then ended the regular season ranked 16th. Clemson opened the season with a record 16-match winning streak, then following one loss, the Tigers won their next 15 matches.
Hoover was inducted into the Illinois State Hall of Fame this fall. The 1994 ACC Coach of the Year, she was a three-time All-Gateway Conference performer during her playing days at Illinois State and the league’s player of the year in 1985. The Redbirds won Gateway titles and made NCAA appearances in all four of her seasons.
Over her final three seasons, ISU was 101-30 and was ranked as high as No. 9 nationally. Hoover still ranks among Illinois State’s all-time statistical leaders in nine different categories, including block assists, block solos, total blocks, service aces and assists.
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