Board of Directors
2008 Denver WCA
Director of Development and Alumni Relations
Penn State Harrisburg
2008 WCA Class #15
Marissa Graby Hoover is the director of development and alumni relations for Penn State Harrisburg, where she has secured academic scholarships, program endowments and new athletic facilities. She is also the senior woman administrator and former head coach of women’s basketball at the campus. Coach Hoover started the first women’s basketball program at Penn State Harrisburg in 2005, leading her team to two conference Final Four appearances. Hoover played four years of semi-professional women’s basketball, earning both First and Second team honors. She was co-captain of Penn State’s 2000 Final Four team, where she helped her team win the 1998 WNIT Championship and two Big Ten Conference Championships.
In addition to her collegiate coaching career and duties, Hoover also has coached the Mid Penn AAU teams, ages U13 and U14. She also serves on the University’s Diversity Committee, is PIAA Certified, is the Post Player Specialist for Advanced Hoops Training, and is an active member of NACWAA and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.
A three-time GTE Academic All-American Nominee, Hoover knows the value of hard work both on the court and in the classroom. She holds a bachelor of science degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in sport and recreation administration, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in education, researching the role of coaches in fundraising.