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Jerry Hoover has stepped down as head coach of the Blackford Bruins after a three-year run. Hoover, 86, cited concerns about COVID-19.

After an exciting 3-year run at the helm of the Bruin boys’ basketball program, head coach Jerry Hoover has stepped down. 

Hoover, 86, cited concerns about COVID and how it could impact his family as the primary reason. 

“We had talked it about months ago. The hope was that the tide would turn, but, understandably, he was concerned about it, especially for he and he wife. He was very aware of what I went through so, especially at his age, he felt that he might not survive it if he got it,” said Athletic Director Tony Uggen. 

Hoover shared, “I have enjoyed coaching at Blackford and appreciate everything that (admin) and the community has done to make my time there productive.” 

Hoover leaves after recording a 52-20 record (.708) which is the highest winning percentage for any coach in Bruins boys basketball history. He surpassed Jon Stroup who coached for 12 years and recorded a 190-95 record (.667). 

“We appreciate his efforts and what he did for the kids, program, school, and community. We hate to see him go, but certainly understand his concerns. His legacy will live on for years,” added Uggen. “We wish him the best in retirement.”

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