McCutcheon's First Practice

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University of Minnesota volleyball coach Hugh McCutcheon held his first official practice today at the Sports Pavilion. Since being named the Gopher head coach on Feb. 10, 2011, McCutcheon has now officially completed his USA Volleyball duties and joined the Gopher program on Thursday, just in time for the home opener and the Diet Coke Classic.

Minnesota ran drills, worked on technique and scrimmaged throughout practice. Known as a great communicator, McCutcheon gathered everyone in periodically during practice to provide another teaching moment. With practice running from 8 a.m.-11 a.m., McCutcheon then met with local media members.

Minnesota volleyball opens the home season this weekend as it hosts the Diet Coke Classic, Aug. 31-Sept. 1 at the Sports Pavilion. Minnesota hosts Albany, Long Island University Brooklyn and Miami (OH) this weekend. The Golden Gophers host six matches during the tournament, the first starting at 5 p.m. Friday with Miami and Albany competing. Minnesota plays LIU Brooklyn on Friday, followed by Miami at 10 a.m. Saturday and Albany Saturday night at 8 p.m. An all-tournament winner and all-tournament team will be named following the conclusion of the final match Saturday.

Fans can follow the Gopher volleyball program through the free audio link option on Minnesota will also provide live in-game chats for all Gopher matches during the tournament.

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