Colorado, USA, 2011 – USA women's coach Hugh McCutcheon has accepted a posting at the University of Minnesota to become its women's volleyball coach.
McCutcheon will continue to fulfil his current obligations with USA Volleyball before becoming full-time coach of the Minnesota team at a mutually agreed date in the future. Current Minnesota assistant coach Laura Bush, who has twice been an NCAA Division I head coach during her career, will serve as the interim head coach during this period while McCutcheon is with the United States women's team.
"I am honoured and excited to coach the women's volleyball program at the University of Minnesota," McCutcheon said. "This is a wonderful opportunity, both personally and professionally, and I hope we can continue the [Minnesota] team's strong history of success. It is and continues to be an honour and privilege to coach the US women's national team."
McCutcheon, 41, has served as head coach of the US women's team for the past two seasons, having previously led the American men to Olympic gold at Beijing in 2008.
"We always want the best for our employees and we are trying to develop a win-win situation that works for USA Volleyball, Hugh and his family and the University of Minnesota," USA Volleyball chief executive officer Doug Beal said. "We value very much Hugh as a coach of our US women's national zeam and want what is best for him in the long term. Hugh has been remarkably successful and we hope that success can continue. But ultimately, we want what is best for Hugh."
In his first two years with the US women's side, McCutcheon has developed a unit built around both established veterans and young players capable of competing on the international scene. His team, currently ranked second in the FIVB world ranking, have a 46-27 record in these two years, despite the transition to new techniques employed by McCutcheon and his staff.
McCutcheon has brought in over 50 players into the gym for evaluation and over half have been part of an international trip representing USA. Last season he guided the team to the 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix crown, the premier annual women's international tournament. The 2010 season was capped by a fourth-place finish at the FIVB Women's World Championship.
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