Hillcrest girls basketball coach Jeni Hopkins announced plans to retire from coaching, but will still be part of basketball in and around Springfield.
Hopkins will retire from Springfield Public Schools after 16 years at Hillcrest. Before that, she coached for eight years at Greenwood Laboratory School. She will return to Greenwood to become the counselor for students in grades 8-12.
Hopkins retires with a career record of 332-206, six total district championships and a final four appearance with the Hornets in 2015. Twenty of her players have gone on to pursue college basketball.
“I love coaching basketball, it has been a driving passion in my life. The reason I love it is because I am able to work with such wonderful athletes and young ladies,” Hopkins said. “I have also had phenomenal assistants along the way. Both my players and my assistants have been the foundation of my success.”
The six-time coach of the year award winner has also been invited to coach numerous all-star games such as the Missouri Challenge, the Gerald A. Pilz All-Star Game and the Lions Club All-Star Game.
Hopkins will return to Greenwood, her alma mater. Her daughter Hailey Jo graduated from Greenwood in 2015, and her son Hayden is presently a freshman at Greenwood.
“Going back to Greenwood is so exciting. Greenwood Laboratory School is one of the best educations in the Midwest,” Hopkins said. “This school cultivates a culture of drive and success in their students.”
Hopkins will serve as president of the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association for the next two years. She will stay active on the Springfield basketball scene by working as a game analyst for Mediacom Channel 22.
“Broadcasting is my original degree, and I am thrilled to be partnering with Mediacom and their production team. They have an excellent reputation for bringing quality basketball to television,” Hopkins said.
Jeni Hopkins’ coaching career by the numbers
2 final four appearances (Hillcrest 2015, Greenwood 1997)
3 sectional championships
6 district championships
20 collegiate players
10 all-state players
27 all-district players
30 all-conference players