MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The head women’s volleyball coach at the University of Minnesota announced his retirement on Saturday.

Mike Hebert made the announcement at a team meeting in Seattle, Wash., shortly after losing in the third round of the NCAA tournament.

In 2006, Hebert announced he was battling Parkinson’s disease.

“Coaching volleyball has been a labor of love for me,” Hebert said. “Not once over the past 35 years have I started a day wishing I were doing something else.”

“However, all of us coach with the realization that one day it has to end. That day has come for me. I want to devote more of my time to my wife Sherry, my daughters Becky and Hillary, and my grandsons Mateo and Farris. I owe them a level of attention that the long hours required by the coaching profession often preclude.”

The University of Minnesota’s athletic department will begin a national search for Hebert’s replacement.

Hebert finishes his career with a record of 952-392, a 381-125 mark in his 15 years at Minnesota and is fourth on the all-time Div. I women’s volleyball victories list.


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