LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech volleyball head coach Tony Graystone has announced the hiring of Niatha Cullen as the newest Red Raider assistant coach ahead of the 2021 spring volleyball season.
"I'm very happy to introduce Niatha Cullen as our newest assistant coach and welcome her to Texas Tech," said Graystone. "Niatha has an impressive background and has made a positive impact everywhere she's been, with a reputation as a great teacher and communicator. She is also very strong in sports psychology and mental health, which gives her a truly unique skill set that should greatly benefit our team. Niatha is going to be a perfect fit with the culture and personality of our program and I know our players are going to love working with her."
Cullen joins the Red Raider staff after stops at Stetson, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and Bradley. She has spent time as both an indoor and beach volleyball coach in her career.
Cullen most recently served as an assistant coach at Bradley for the 2019 season after four years as a beach volleyball assistant at UAB. While in Birmingham, Cullen served as a freshman leadership mentor to student-athletes from various sports and acted as an academic liaison where she helped the Blazers to a 2019 AVCA Team Academic Award.
Prior to her time at UAB, Cullen was a graduate assistant for the indoor and beach volleyball programs at Stetson, while earning her master's degree in clinical mental health counseling. During her time in central Florida, she helped the Hatters to three ASUN beach conference championships and NCAA beach national championship tournament appearances in 2015 and 2017.
Cullen graduated from Jacksonville University in 2014 with a master's degree in kinesiology and a minor in coaching and was a member of both the indoor (2010-12) and beach (2011-14) teams.
"I am excited and honored to be joining the Texas Tech volleyball staff," said Cullen. "I'd like to thank Tony Graystone for this opportunity and the administration for their continued support. Texas Tech has a rich tradition as a university and as a volleyball program that I am thrilled to be a part of. I'm looking forward to contributing to the program and providing the best student-athlete experience for our players."
The Red Raiders are set to resume play in the spring with a handful of nonconference matches. Stay tuned to TexasTech.com for upcoming opponents, dates and times.