Ciara Jones - Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
In February 2018, Ciara Jones joined the Howard University Women's Volleyball team as its assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.
Before coming to Howard, Jones served as Director of Operations for the Clemson Tigers where some of the responsibilities and duties at Clemson included Assistant Camp Director camp preparation, coordinating schedules, assist with coaching duties of over 300 campers, performed day to day administrative operations of the program which included handling team travel logistics and itineraries, transportation, hotels, meals, and away practice times; assisting with on campus recruiting visits logistical details; and assist with managing team budget.
Before Clemson, she spent a year as the head coach and recruiting coordinator for Top Select Volleyball Club in Orlando, Fla. Recently, she was named Head Coach of the Year for Top Select. Jones also served as the head volleyball coach at Edgewater High School in Orlando for the past three seasons, beginning in 2014. Her high school team won district championships all three seasons, and Jones was voted Metro Coach of the Year in 2016.
From 2014-16, Jones worked for the Orlando Health Foundation as an event coordinator, gaining valuable experience in event management and coordination as well as donor relations. She also spent two years, from 2012-14, as a Blue & Gold Fund Assistant for the Marquette Athletic Department, where she gained additional experience planning events and working with donors.
Jones, who played for Marquette from 2008-12 under the leadership of Head Coach Bond Shymansky (Iowa) and Clemson's head coach Michaela Franklin's time as an assistant coach with the Golden Eagles. She was a four-year letterwinner where she led the Golden Eagles to the program's first NCAA Tournament appearance in 2011, a season in which she was named a Big East First Team All-American. Jones earned Marquette Athletics' Outstanding Female Leadership & Service Award in 2012 and served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee in 2011-12.
In the summer of 2018, Jones was inducted into the Marquette University M Club Hall of Fame.
In May 2012, Jones earned a bachelor's degree in Broadcast & Electronic Communications from Marquette and earned a master's in Leadership Studies with a specialization in Sports Leadership, also from Marquette, in December 2014.
Julien Welsh-White - Assistant Coach
Julian Welsh-White enters his first season for the Bison after serving as a volunteer assistant coach at South Carolina during the 2017 season.
“Julian is an experienced player and coach that will help us take the next step in our development,” Kupferberg stated. “He has a history of being involved with successful programs and knows how to get the most out of his teams.”
Along with work on South Carolina’s scout team, Julian helped train their middles. With his help, sophomore Claire Edwards doubled her kill and solo block totals from her freshman season. He also worked with Mikayla Robinson, who made the SEC All-Freshman team and led all conference freshmen with 121 total blocks and her 260 kills were second-most on the team.
"I am eager and honored to get the opportunity to work alongside Shaun [Kupferberg] and Ciara [Jones] in continuing to help the Howard program grow,” said Welsh-White. “I feel extremely humbled and I am looking forward to growing as an assistant coach. I'm happy to be here and hope to help the team any way I can."
Before South Carolina, Welsh-White was a volunteer assistant coach at his alma mater Springfield College for their men’s program where he won a national championship. During his tenure, he compiled statistics during practice, charted the opponent’s offense during matches, outlined team and individual blocking effectiveness after the matches, and aided in improving the skills of the players.
For two years (2012-14), he worked as a volunteer assistant junior varsity coach at Cowan High School. Welsh-White helped coach the team to first Sectional, Regional, and State Semi-Final while guiding the squad to its first appearance and State Championship.
Welsh-White played three seasons at Ball State and a year with Springfield.
In May 2017, he received his Bachelor of Science in Sport Management with a minor in business after attending Springfield.