Hugh McCutcheon served as an ambassador to the World Masters Game and also received his New Zealand Order of Merit Award.
Minnesota volleyball head coach Hugh McCutcheon has been named the president of the International Volleyball Federations' (FIVB) Coaching and Technical Commission.
In his fourth year at Minnesota, Hugh McCutcheon was named the AVCA National Coach of the Year
Minnesota had four garner All-North Region honors, while McCutcheon and Seliger-Swenson Receive Region Coach and Freshman of the Year.
The Gophers swept Jackson State 25-9, 25-13, 25-17 to win in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday night.
Hugh McCutcheon is in his sixth season at the helm of Golden Gopher Volleyball. Named the 2015 AVCA National Coach of the Year and 2015 Big Ten Coach of the Year, McCutcheon continues building Minnesota into a perennial powerhouse. Since arriving on campus in 2012, McCutcheon has led the Gophers to two NCAA Final Fours, two Sweet 16 finishes and an Elite Eight appearance in just six years. Since arriving at Minnesota, McCutcheon owns a 162-43 career record and a 89-31 mark in Big Ten play.
Coming off back-to-back Final Four appearances and graduating six 2016 seniors, Minnesota remained one of the top programs in NCAA Division I and Big Ten standings during the 2017 campaign. The Golden Gophers advanced to the Sweet 16 and finished third in the Big Ten with a 28-6 overall record and a 15-5 mark in league action. The Golden Gophers had three individuals garner All-America and Big Ten honors, including First Team All-American Stephanie Samedy. She became Minnesota’s first-ever freshman to receive First Team All-America honors in school history. Minnesota finished 10th in the final AVCA poll, with a team that relied on five underclassmen that saw significant action.
Minnesota went 29-5 and 17-3 in league action during the 2016 campaign. Finishing in a tie for second place in the Big Ten, the Gophers were the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year. Minnesota also went 17-0 at home during 2016, marking 36-straight wins at the Sports Pavilion, spanning back to the 2014 campaign. Under the direction of McCutcheon, Minnesota garnered its first-ever AVCA and ESPNW National Player of the Year when Sarah Wilhite received the award. With McCutcheon's guidance, Wilhite went from never recieving any yearly awards, to become the top play in the nation. Along with Wilhite, Samantha Seliger-Swenson and Hannah Tapp were named AVCA All-Americans. Wilhite was named the Big Ten Player of the Year, the second-straight Gopher to don the honor, while Seliger-Swenson was named Big Ten Setter of the Year.
Paige Tapp received the Senior CLASS Award, which goes to one graduating individual who excels on the court, in the classroom and in the community. Tapp also was named a First Team Academic All-American, her second honor in two years. The Gophers also added 10 Academic All-Big Ten selections during 2016.
Completing a historic year in 2015, McCutcheon led the Gophers to an impressive 30-5 overall record, a league-best 18-2 Big Ten mark, a perfect 15-0 on their home court and an unpredecented 15-match Big Ten win streak. Under McCutcheon's guidance, Minnesota garnered four All-Americans and three First Team All-Big Ten selections, as Daly Santana was named the Big Ten Player of the Year. Samantha Seliger-Swenson was also named Minnesota's first Big Ten Freshman of the Year in over two decades. With McCutcheon leading the way, the Golden Gophers won their second Big Ten Championship in school history in 2015 and earned their first trip to the NCAA Final Four since 2009.
McCutcheon came to Minnesota after an illustrious career with USA Volleyball as he earned two medals with the United States Men's and Women's Olympic teams. Immediately following his committment to Team USA, McCutcheon arrived in Minnesota in August of 2012. In his first season, McCutcheon led Minnesota to a 27-8 record in 2012 and just two sets shy of a Final Four appearance. With the Gophers advancing to the NCAA Elite Eight, McCutcheon coached Minnesota to a tie for second in the Big Ten Conference standings, while Katherine Harms and Tori Dixon earned first and second team All-America citations. He followed with a Sweet 16 appearance in 2013, was named the regional coach of the year, all while Dixon was named a First Team All-American as Ashley Wittman donned second team honors. Under McCutcheon's guidance, the Gophers finished the 2013 campaign with a 29-7 overall record and 15-5 mark in the Big Ten, which was third in league standings.
McCutcheon guided both the men's and women's indoor volleyball teams to Olympic medals, the only United States coach to ever do so. McCutcheon mentored the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team to a 106-39 record in his four years after leading the U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team program to the 2008 Olympic Games gold medal. Counting his 107-33 record leading the U.S. Men's program from 2005 to 2008, McCutcheon held a combined record of 213-72 with USA Volleyball.
In his final three seasons with the women's program, McCutcheon guided the U.S. to an 88-25 record with podium finishes in 10 of 12 tournaments. In 2012, Team USA captured its second consecutive Olympic Games silver medal with a 7-1 record. In addition, the U.S. captured FIVB World Grand Prix gold medal for the third consecutive year. Team USA was 14-0 in the 2012 edition, including victories over Olympic Games bound Brazil twice (No. 2 in the world), Italy (No. 4), China (No. 5), Serbia (No. 6), Dominican Republic (No. 9) and Turkey (No. 11.).
The U.S. finished the 2011 season with a 39-10 record. Among the team's highlights were picking up the silver medal at the FIVB World Cup, their second consecutive FIVB World Grand Prix title, capturing the NORCECA Women's Continental Championship and winning the bronze medal at the Pan American Cup. Overall, the U.S. scored an 11-match victory improvement over 2010 and a 21-victory improvement from two years ago.
Team USA finished the 2010 season with a 28-13 record - a 10-match improvement in the victory column from the previous year. The U.S. claimed the silver medal at the Montreux Volley Masters and the bronze at the Pan American Cup in June 2010. The 2010 season was capped by a fourth-place finish at the FIVB World Championship.
In his first year leading the squad, McCutcheon was able to evaluate 30 players in international competitions, along with training several other players who were new or returning to the program. With the mix of youth and veterans, Team USA finished 2009 with an 18-14 record and provided vast experience for a young roster. The squad qualified for the 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix and 2010 FIVB World Championship based on results in 2009. The U.S. won the FIVB World Championship - NORCECA Group G third-round pool to advance to the FIVB World Championship at the end of 2010.
Less than four months after leading the U.S. Men's Olympic Volleyball Team to a gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing en route to being named the 2008 USOC National Coach of the Year, McCutcheon accepted the head coach position of the U.S. Women's National Team for the 2009-2012 Olympic quadrennial.
As the head coach of the U.S. Men's National Team at the 2008 Olympic Games, McCutcheon and Team USA went undefeated in Beijing to claim its third Olympic Games gold medal and its first podium finish since 1992. He compiled a 107-33 record in four years with the U.S. Men's National Team program, which ended 2008 ranked second in the FIVB World Ranking.
The U.S. Men's National Team enjoyed one of its best seasons ever in 2008 under McCutcheon's guidance as the team won all three of its major tournaments of the year. Team USA secured its first-ever FIVB World League championship in July 2008 after a bronze medal finish in the same event in 2007, the first time the Americans earned back-to-back medals in the annual event. The U.S. started the 2008 campaign in dominating fashion by sweeping all five matches at the NORCECA Men's Continental Olympic Qualifier to earn its berth in the 2008 Olympics.
McCutcheon started coaching the men's team in 2005. That season, the U.S. Men's Team flourished in going 27-6 and winning five medals in five tournaments. The team earned a silver medal at the USOC International Sports Invitational in San Diego, Calif., gold medals at the Americas' Cup in Brazil, the FIVB World Championship Qualifying Tournament in Puerto Rico and the NORCECA Continental Championship in Canada and another silver medal at the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup in Japan.
McCutcheon, a former Brigham Young University assistant coach, joined USA Volleyball as a full-time assistant coach for the men's national team program in April 2003.
Prior to that, in the summers of 2001 and 2002, respectively, he served as a volunteer assistant coach for the men's national team, helping out during the 2001 World League, the 2002 World Championships and on five international tours.
He has also served as the head coach of the U.S. Boys' Youth National Team in 2000 and 2001. McCutcheon was the top assistant coach and recruiter for BYU men's team from 1995- 2001 under head coach Carl McGown. During that time, the Cougars posted a record of 138-44 and captured two NCAA championships (1999 and 2001).
After leaving BYU, McCutcheon was the head coach of the Vienna Hotvolleys in Austria for two seasons. In his first season there, the Hotvolleys won the 2001-02 Inter-Liga, Austrian Cup and Austrian League championships. He also coached the first Austrian team to ever beat an Italian A1 opponent.
McCutcheon's love for volleyball developed in New Zealand where he played on the junior and senior national teams from 1986-90 before coming to the United States. He was also a member of New Zealand's national team in 1996 and represented his country on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour in 1997.
He played for BYU from 1991-1993 after transferring from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. In 1993 he earned honorable mention All-America honors. In 1992 he earned Academic All-Conference honors from the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.
After receiving his bachelor's degree in physical education from BYU in 1993, McCutcheon played professionally for two years in Finland and Japan before returning to BYU to complete his master's degree in 1998. In 1999, McCutcheon received an MBA from BYU's Marriott School of Management.
Married to former U.S. Olympian Elisabeth "Wiz" Bachman, the couple has two children, Andrew and Annika.
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