Arkansas Volleyball elevates Rynd to operations manager, Roth takes on high school coach role

The Razorback volleyball program has announced upcoming changes to its support staff.

Operations manager Whitney Roth is on her way to becoming the head volleyball coach at Lincoln Northwest High School in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Roth, a native of Gering, Neb., was with the Arkansas program for four years and served one season as a volunteer assistant at Texas A&M Corpus-Christi before arriving in Fayetteville.

Whitney will build the program at Lincoln Northwest from scratch, as the school and volleyball team are brand new. She will also work there as a physical education teacher.

“On behalf of our program, I would like to thank Whitney for her commitment to our staff and our student-athletes. Whitney has helped us through an extremely difficult time over the past two seasons,” said head coach Jason Watson. “She, as she has throughout her tenure here, put the needs of our student-athletes above all else. I’m not sure his future team and his school know what treasure they have in Whitney. She will be deeply missed by us. »

Filling Roth’s position is Andy Rynd. A returning Razorback, he joined the program for Watson’s first season in August 2016 as a volunteer assistant coach. Rynd remained with the team throughout the 2017-18 roster.

Andy then returned to Fayetteville last fall for the 2021-22 season as a graduate assistant where the team finished 10-8 in conference and 20-11 overall. The Hogs began their first playoff trip in eight years in 2021 with an NIVC bid, in which Arkansas advanced to the third round.

Rynd graduated in 2015 from Bowling Green State University and served a season as BGSU’s volleyball program operations director before starting his first round on the Razorback staff.

“With change comes opportunity, and we are delighted to elevate Andy Rynd to Chief Operating Officer. Andy, in his second stint with us, will oversee and grow our video and analytics operation,” Watson said. He has proven to be a relentless learner and we are delighted that he has agreed to continue on our staff.”

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