The WBCA celebrates 2017 Thirty Under 30 presented by Marriott Rewards recipient Jacie Hoyt as she begins her first year as head coach at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Before joining the Roos, Hoyt was an assistant coach at Kansas State University where she helped lead KSU to NCAA Tournament victories in back-to-back seasons. Last year’s team recorded 22 overall wins and 11 victories in Big 12 Conference play, which marked the highest totals for the program in both categories in nine years.
Get to know Hoyt as she works to grow our sport.
Take us through the moment you realized you wanted to be a coach.
I knew I wanted to coach from a very young age. My mom is a very successful high school coach, and I grew up in the gym watching her. When I played in college, it hit me that I can have the same positive impact on players that my coaches had on me. The people who impact my life the most are coaches.
Student-athletes require different approaches when it comes to motivation. How do you reach everyone where they are?
It’s key to find out who they are as a person and why they play the game. Once you do, remind them of what it takes to achieve their goal(s). Then, hold them accountable to obtaining it on a consistent basis.
Tell us something your team would be surprised to know about you.
When I was in the 4th grade, somebody told me that drinking pop would make me short and slow, so I never drank it again! To this day I haven’t drank a pop since that year. I’m still short though, haha!
What does it mean to you to be recognized as a WBCA Thirty Under 30 presented by Marriott Rewards honoree?
I feel blessed to be acknowledged amongst a field of young professionals who work hard to grow our game and provide mentorship to our student-athletes. I view this recognition as an acknowledgment to all the coaches who have invested in me throughout my career.
The WBCA recognizes annually the WBCA's Thirty Under 30 honorees. This recognition was created to honor 30 of the up-and-coming women's basketball coaches age 30 and under in the sport at all levels of the game. For more information on the award, click here.