MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The University of Minnesota Golden Gophers announced Hugh McCutcheon as their next women’s volleyball coach.
McCutcheon, 41, has been serving as head coach of the U.S. Women’s Volleyball Team. His new gig was announced Thursday morning, but he will continue to serve as coach for the USA team for the time being.
According to the release, McCutcheon’s stint with the Gophers will begin at a date still to be determined. Current assistant coach Laura Bush will continue to serve as interim coach.
“I’m honored and excited to coach the Women’s Volleyball program at the University of Minnesota,” said McCutcheon. “This is a wonderful opportunity, both personally and professionally, and I hope we can continue the team’s strong history of success.”
McCutcheon also led the U.S. Men’s National Team to a gold medal at the 2008 Olympic games.
He is married to a former University of Minnesota athlete, Elisabeth Bachman, whose parents were in attendance in Beijing when they were attacked by a man with a knife.
Todd Bachman, executive for the floral company bearing his name, was killed while sightseeing at the 13th-century Drum Tower in Beijing the day after opening ceremonies. Bachman’s wife, Barbara, was badly wounded, though she survived; the assailant jumped to his death from the tower.
McCutcheon will take over for Mike Herbert, who leaves the team with a 381-125 record.