July 15, 2022

Buckeyes Add Whitney Jones to Coaching Staff

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COLUMBUS, Ohio Whitney Jones, who has been to the Women’s College World Series as both a player and coach, has joined Ohio State as an assistant coach, head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly announced today.

“We are thrilled to add Whitney Jones to our staff,” said Kovach Schoenly. “She is an elite coach that brings technical knowledge, big game experience, and top notch energy and passion. She’s coached and played at the highest levels of our sport – the Women’s College World Series at Washington, Super Regionals at UCF, as well as the Athletes Unlimited Pro League. Whitney’s connections across the national recruiting scene will help our efforts to attract future Buckeyes as well.”

Jones spent the 2022 season as the hitting coach at UCF where the Knights enjoyed one of their most successful seasons ever. Under Jones’ tutelage, UCF hit .295 as a team and ranked in the top 50 nationally in batting average, runs scored per game, doubles and on-base percentage. She helped develop Jada Cody into one of the country’s best all-around hitters. Cody finished the campaign with a .361 batting average and a 1.140 OPS. Her 75 RBI were fourth-most nationally and 15 home runs ranked third in the AAC.

With a 49-14 overall record, UCF earned the No. 16 national seed in the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the program’s first-ever Super Regional. The Knights’ staff was named as the NFCA’s Mideast Region Coaching Staff of the Year.

“First and foremost I would like to honor and glorify God for the gifts he’s given me that have opened doors and provided such amazing opportunities as this one to be Buckeye,” said Jones. “I would also like to thank Kelly Schoenly for the opportunity and belief in me to be the person to assist in her vision for the program moving forward. Through conversation and time spent on campus with Gene Smith, Mike Penner, and other amazing leaders within the athletic department, it became apparent immediately that the holistic approach to the care of its people at Ohio State is being done at the highest level of college athletics. I am excited to officially meet the team and get to work! Go Bucks!!”

Prior to UCF, Jones had a four year-stint with Washington as a volunteer assistant coach. While in Seattle, she worked with the offense in all aspects of the game. Much of her work centered on Washington’s outfielders, a group that hit over .300 each of her four seasons. The Huskies’ outfield group also had four All-Region and five All-Pac-12 honors in Jones’ time.

In her three full seasons on the Huskies’ staff, Washington made three NCAA Regional appearances and twice advanced to play in the Women’s College World Series.

A four-year letterwinner as a player at Washington, Jones was a two-time Pac-12 All-Academic performer and was an All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention in 2014. She earned a master’s degree at Tulsa as well as her CSCS certification. While at Tulsa, Jones was a graduate assistant in the athletic performance department and worked with the football, softball, men’s tennis and women’s golf programs. In 2017, Jones was the head coach of Garfield High School’s softball team and posted a 19-8 record as the team earned its first-ever Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) state championships trip. She was named the 3A Metro Coach of the Year.