Fresh off the 2012 Olympics, University of Minnesota head volleyball coach Hugh McCutcheon will join the Golden Gopher volleyball program on Thursday, Aug. 30. McCutcheon will be on the bench for his first Gopher match on Friday, Aug. 31as the Gophers host the Diet Coke Classic this weekend. Minnesota faces Long Island at 8 p.m., and plays Miami (OH) on Saturday at 10 a.m., and Albany at 8 p.m.
McCutcheon joins the Gopher volleyball program for the first time since being announced as the program's head coach on Feb. 10, 2011. Completing his coaching responsibilities with USA Volleyball earlier this month, McCutcheon guided the United States women's indoor volleyball team to a silver medal at the 2012 Olympics. The London Games ended an eight-year stint as a USA Volleyball head coach for McCutcheon, as he also led the USA men's team to a gold medal in 2008.
During his USA Volleyball head coaching career, McCutcheon held a combined 213-72 overall record (106-39 Women/107-33 Men) from 2005-2012. In his final three seasons with the women's program, he led the U.S. to an 88-25 record with podium finishes in 10 of 12 tournaments. Along with coaching the men's team to gold, McCutcheon was named the 2008 USOC National Coach of the Year and was announced as the U.S. women's coach on Dec. 15, 2008.
A Christchurch, New Zealand native, McCutcheon played at Brigham Young University from 1991-93 and was an All-America honorable mention his final season. Married to former U.S. Olympian Elisabeth "Wiz" Bachman, the couple has two children.
McCutcheon formally replaces Mike Hebert, who led the Gopher program for 15 years. While completing his USA Volleyball stint, Laura Bush was the interim head coach and will stay on the coaching staff as an assistant.