CLEMSON, S.C. – Clemson volleyball head coach Michaela Franklin announced the hiring of Ryan Mason as the Tigers’ Volunteer Assistant Coach and Chelsea Cooke-Tripp as a Coaches’ Assistant Tuesday.
“We are thrilled to add Ryan to our coaching staff,” said Franklin. “He has experience coaching and playing at the collegiate level and I am counting on him to bring that experience to our gym. Ryan fits perfectly with our staff and has the passion to learn, grow, and help our program continue to propel forward. He will assist mostly with our offense as well as help enhance our serving game.”
Mason comes to Clemson after serving as an assistant coach for Cal State Northridge’s (CSUN) men’s program. Mason was a part of the CSUN the Matadors’ men’s team as a setter from 2010-15, including a redshirt year in 2011. He earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from CSUN in 2015 and is currently pursuing a master’s degree at Concordia University Irvine.
Cooke-Tripp spent six years coaching club (Team Angle Volleyball) and at two local high schools in Muskegon, Michigan. A graduate of Ferris State University, Cooke-Tripp played club volleyball for the Bulldogs from 2012-13 before receiving her bachelor’s degree in business administration. She also played volleyball (2007-10) and ran track & field (2007-09) at Glenville State, a Division II program in Glenville, West Virginia. Cooke-Tripp is currently pursuing her master’s degree in athletic leadership at Clemson.
“When I got to know Chelsea through her interview process, it was very clear that she is no stranger to working hard and is a go-getter. She loves the sport of volleyball and is passionate about helping others. I have no doubt that she will excel in her new role because of who she is and her work ethic.”
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