Jonathan Hoover is entering his third season at the helm of both the lacrosse and men's soccer teams. He led the Pioneer lacrosse team to a new Alfred State NCAA DIII era record for victories in each of his first two seasons.
In 2017, the Pioneers won six of their last seven games and finished 8-10. The team won the USCAA Classic and was runner-up in the AMCC Showcase. Three Pioneers were named All-AMCC and Hoover was named co-Coach of the Year.
Hoover joined the Pioneer athletic department from Franciscan University (Steubenville, OH) where he was an assistant coach for both the Barons men's soccer and lacrosse teams. He has spent the last three seasons coaching the defense, creating scouting reports on opponents, and assisting with lacrosse recruitment and the past two seasons assisting with player and team development, practice planning, and soccer recruitment.
Hoover holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Wheeling Jesuit. He has taught social studies at the high school level at Indian Creek High School the past six years. Prior to coaching at Franciscan, Hoover was the head soccer coach at Indian Creek and led the team to an improved record in each of his seasons and to the school's first playoff win in 15 seasons.
Hoover and his wife Hollie are the parents of four children, Sophia, Aurelia, Micah, and Olivia.
What others are saying about Coach Hoover
Ward Rogers: Head Soccer Coach at Franciscan University
"Jonathan has been a great contributor to the soccer program at Franciscan, both as a student of the game and a mentor to the players. He helped us develop the character of the team, preparing the student athletes for challenges in life as well as on the field. I am confident Jonathan will provide strong leadership as the soccer tradition at Alfred State continues to develop."
Pete Rosaschi: Head Lacrosse Coach at Franciscan University
"Jon has all the qualities that any school would want in a head coach. He has the ability to bring a team together as a family, and get the most out of each player individually."
Joe Dunlevy: Athletic Director at Indian Creek High School
"Jonathan Hoover is an outstanding person, father, husband, coach and teacher. Alfred State's gain is definitely a big loss for all of us at Indian Creek. I have worked alongside Jonathan as a teacher and a coach and the last five years as our athletic director. He ran a tremendous program at our school as witnessed by the enthusiasm in the program and the increased number of athletes and the success of our program. The athletes loved playing for him and his students enjoyed his class. For me personally I did not have to worry about any problems in our soccer program. I am sure he will build successful programs and even more important will be a great role model for the players in his program."
Overall Record at Alfred State: 13-21 (13-21 NCAA DIII)
Updated June 2017