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July 3, 2014

Hoover resigns as Logan girls basketball coach

Berries reached unprecedented heightsin his 12 seasons

Jerry Hoover has a long history of turning around basketball programs.

He’s done some of his finest work with the Logansport girls program, but he feels it is the right time to step down.

Hoover resigned from the post this week after a successful 12-year run.

“I enjoy most the challenge of building a winning program. At each school I left because a circumstance or series of events caused me to realize that I was no longer able to teach and coach with maximum effectiveness,” Hoover stated in his resignation letter.

“So in the best interests of the program and the players, I have moved on. Specifically, in the past few days it has become increasingly clear to me that this program and the players need a newer and clearer voice to lead them and keep the program moving forward.”

Hoover does not want a big deal to be made of his resignation. He said his many years in both coaching and in military service, he knows when it is a good time for a leader to move on to allow a new voice of leadership.

He said it’s not a retirement from coaching even though he is 80-years old. He’s enjoyed a life in basketball and very well could continue to coach, even if it’s at the JV, freshman or middle school level, he said.

He’s leaving the Logansport program in good shape. The Berries will have four starters back from a team that went 24-3 and won the first regional title in program history, including Junior All-Star Nakeya Penny, a Ball State recruit who averaged 18.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per game last season.

But the Berries will certainly miss the contributions of Miss Basketball Whitney Jennings, who averaged 32.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 7.4 assists and 5.1 steals per game and is in Iowa this summer practicing with her Hawkeyes teammates.

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