Jim McLaughlin Named National Coach of the Year

Dec. 16, 2004

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Washington volleyball head coach Jim McLaughlin has been named the 2004 Tachikara/AVCA Division I National Coach of the Year.

McLaughlin led Washington to its first-ever Pacific-10 Conference title with a 16-2 record this season and garnered Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors for the second time in three years. The Huskies opened 2004 with a school-record 22-match win streak, and their only losses have been five-game setbacks to Southern California and Stanford.

Washington was ranked as the top team in the USA Today/CSTV Top 25 Coaches Poll for a seven-week period and never fell below seventh place in 2004. McLaughlin and the Huskies worked around an injury to returning AVCA All-American Sanja Tomasevic, who missed six weeks of the 2004 season and returned just prior to the NCAA Tournament.

Washington, seeded seventh in this year's NCAA Tournament, has advanced to its first Final Four with victories over Saint Mary's and UCLA in the Regional Tournament. The Huskies will face Stanford in the national semifinal tonight at 5:30 p.m., in Long Beach, Calif.

The match will be broadcast by ESPN2 on a taped-delayed basis at 8 p.m., tonight. USC and Minnesota will play in the other semifinal match tonight at 7:30 p.m. Thursday's winners will play for the national championship on Saturday, Dec. 18 at 1 p.m. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN2.

McLaughlin boasts a 163-81 career record over eight seasons as a women's head coach, including an 82-38 mark in four years at Washington. He could become the first coach to win both a men's and women's NCAA volleyball championship as he also directed the USC men's team to the 1990 title.

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