Cassie Busse a First Team All-American and Paula Gentil an Honorable Mention All-American.
The National Coach of the Year honors marked the first for Hebert since 1985 when he was named Kaepa National Coach of the Year. This past season Hebert led Minnesota to its first Final Four in school history. The 2003 Golden Gophers team also became the first regional fourth-seed and lowest seed in NCAA Tournament history to reach the Final Four.
Minnesota finished the season tied for second in the Big Ten at 15-5, after losing its first two conference matches of the season. The Golden Gophers also finished 26-11 overall after starting the season 0-4. Over the last two seasons, Hebert has helped guide Minnesota to a 58-17 overall record, and a 32-8 Big Ten mark.
Busse, is the first Minnesota player in school history to be named a First Team Volleyball Magazine All-American, the first Minnesota player since 1996 to be named a First-Team AVCA All-American and was also named a Second Team CSTV All-American. She was also the third Golden Gopher in school history to be named Big Ten Player of the Year joining Nicole Branagh (Co-Player of the Year in 2000) and Jill Halsted (1983). Busse excelled both on and off the court as she became the first Minnesota volleyball player to receive First-Team Academic All-American honors. She also finished her career ranked sixth on the Minnesota kills list with 1,502.
Gentil was a First Team CSTV All-American and a Second Team AVCA All-American. She was the only libero named to the three AVCA All-American teams and Volleyball Magazine All-American teams. Gentil was also named first team All-Big Ten, Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year for a second year in a row and AVCA All-Region. Gentil finished the season with a Big Ten record 656 digs in 2003.