Howard University has named Shaun Kupferberg as the new head women's volleyball coach. Kupferberg joins the Bison family with more than 10 years of coaching experience at the Division I, the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics), the collegiate club, and the high school levels.
"Joining Howard University is a prestigious moment whether you are a student, faculty or staff member," said Kupferberg. "I'd like to thank Mr. Louis "Skip" Perkins for allowing me to be a part of this program and build upon the history and traditions that are so special here."Kupferberg
Prior to Kupferberg's appointment at HU, the Miami University graduate was the head women's volleyball coach at Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Fla., for five seasons (2006-11). During his tenure there, he led the squad to four consecutive winning seasons (2006-09). Kupferberg guided the Dolphins to the title match of the Atlantic Sun conference tournament on two occasions.
In 2008, Kupferberg's team notched a program-best 20-10 record. He followed with a 19-9 mark the following year. In the process, eight of his student-athletes were named to the all-conference teams.
Equally impressive was Kupferberg's academic leadership. Fifty-two of his student athletes were selected to the academic all-conference team and garnered a team grade point average of 3.5 or higher (on a 4.00 scale).
Prior to his coaching tenure with the Dolphins, Kupferberg spent five seasons at Northwest University in Kirkland, Wash., as the head women's volleyball coach. Over the course of that period, Kupferberg increased the school's winning percentage. He started his career at Northwest with a record of 12-14 and gradually showed progress, leading the team to a 28-4 mark during his last season there.
Kupferberg obtained his Bachelors of Science degree in Health and Sports Studies with a concentration in Sports Organization from Miami University in 2000.
"Very few student-athletes are going to play their given sport professionally for many years; in volleyball the number is even smaller," said Kupferberg. "This makes it obvious that our student-athletes and coaching staff must put a very high priority on being excellent in the classroom, so they can be prepared for the rigors of the world and represent themselves and our program well for the rest of their lives in whichever career path they take."
Kupferberg will reside in the Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland area with his wife Erin and children Payton and Kyle.
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