Volleyball names Whitney Jones as assistant coach

June 29, 2006

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville University has hired Whitney Jones as assistant volleyball coach, first-year head coach Shaun Kupferberg announced today. Jones, a 1999 graduate of the Bolles School, comes to JU after serving as an assistant coach at Emory University in 2005.

Jones, whose duties included coordinating travel, recruiting and scouting, helped the Eagles to a 32-6 record and 11-1 conference mark en route to a University Athletic Association title. She also monitored the academic progress of all the athletes and organized the Eagles summer volleyball camps.

"I'm really excited to add someone of Whitney's volleyball knowledge and character to our staff," said Kupferberg, who was hired by JU on May 31 after serving five seasons as head coach at Northwest University. "She has experience coaching some of the top talent in the nation and will be a great influence on our team. Her local ties will definitely be a bonus as we continue our strong connection with the local community."

Prior to coaching at Emory, Jones was a volunteer assistant coach at her alma-mater, Furman University, in 2003. While at Furman, she assisted running practices and scouting upcoming opponents on film. She also implemented the Paladins volleyball alumni program, while coordinating community service projects and fundraisers to benefit the team.

In her college career, Jones was a four-year letter winner for Furman from 1999-2003 as a middle blocker, she earned the Dedication Award from her teammates in 1999 and 2000 and was selected to the Southern Conference academic honor roll for four consecutive years. She also earned the Marvin O. Williams Scholarship, which is awarded to a member of the volleyball team who has shown dedication, hard work and a commitment to her team. She graduated Cum Laude in elementary education in 2003 and is currently finishing her master's degree at Georgia State.

In her prep career, Jones served as team captain for the volleyball team at the Bolles School, while also being nominated as Best Female Athlete in 1998 and 1999.

The Dolphins open the 2006 season on Friday, Aug. 25, against Missouri-Kansas City at the University of Louisville tournament in Louisville, Ky.