position Assistant Coach
Alma Mater Washington '14
Whitney Jones, who has been to the Women’s College World Series as both a player and coach, joined Ohio State as an assistant coach in July of 2022.
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.
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.