UW Volleyball's McLaughlin Signs New Contract

Jan. 13, 2005

Seattle - Washington athletics director Todd Turner announced today that volleyball coach Jim McLaughlin has signed a new five-year contract to coach the Huskies through the 2009 season. This year McLaughlin directed the Huskies to a 28-3 record, the program's first Pac-10 Championship and first-ever appearance in the NCAA Final Four.

'Jim McLaughlin is the best volleyball coach in the country and this is a tremendous moment in our program's history to extend his tenure as our head coach,' Turner said. 'Keeping Jim at Washington is not only important for our program, but for volleyball in the region. He is a tremendous asset as a teacher and instructor of the sport. If you look at the crowds our team attracted this year, there is tremendous interest in this program and I think you will see that grow next year.'

'I am very excited about the prospect of continuing on at Washington for at least the next five years,' McLaughlin said. 'First, I want to thank Todd Turner for showing his confidence in what we are doing here and his willingness to make a long-term commitment to me. Our program has made great strides over the last four years and the goal of the program remains the same, to bring a national championship to Washington. The University has made a substantial commitment to our program and myself and I hope we can prove to the administration that their trust was not misplaced. We will continue to work hard and operate a program that will make the University community proud.'

When McLaughlin arrived at Washington in 2001 he inherited a team that had finished last in the Pac-10. Over the past four years he has directed the Huskies to an 82-39 record and three NCAA Championship appearances. This year he was honored as the Pac-10 Coach of the Year, the America Volleyball Coaches Association's Pacific Region Coach of the Year and the Tachikara/AVCA Division I National Coach of the Year.

McLaughlin has done a tremendous job developing his players. This season's team included first-team All-American Courtney Thompson and Pac-10 Freshman of the Year Christal Morrison, who was a second-team All-American.

In 2003 Washington (23-9) reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Championships behind the play of second-team All-American Sanja Tomasevic. In 2002 the Huskies (20-11) made it to the second round of the NCAAs in McLaughlin's second season as senior Paige Benjamin received first-team All-American honors.

McLaughlin's eight-year record as a women's head coach is 163-82. He directed Kansas State to an 82-43 record and four consecutive NCAA appearances before accepting the Washington job. McLaughlin previously coached men's volleyball on the collegiate level and won the 1990 NCAA Championship at USC.

'We have been fortunate to recruit some excellent players, terrific students and wonderful people who have represented the school very well,' McLaughlin said. 'Our goal is to continue to recruit the same type of student-athlete and this new contract should be extremely helpful in that pursuit. It will also assure the young women who are interested in attending our University that they will be coached by the same staff throughout their careers. It is clear to me that the future of this program is very bright and I am very happy that Seattle will continue to be home for me and my family.'

Jim McLaughlin's Head Coaching Record

Year	School       Record    Conf.  Highlight1990	USC (men)     26-7     12-4   NCAA Champions1991	USC (men)     34-2     16-0   NCAA Runner's Up1992	USC (men)	    11-13     9-7   #10 ranking1993	USC (men)	    18-12    11-8   #7 ranking1994	USC (men)	    23-8     14-5   #5 ranking1995	USC (men)	    16-17     8-11  #11 ranking1996	USC (men)	    14-16     9-10  #13 ranking1997	Kansas State  20-13    11-9   NCAA Tournament1998	Kansas State  19-12    12-8   NCAA Tournament1999	Kansas State  21-9     14-6   NCAA Tournament2000	Kansas State  22-9     14-6   NCAA Sweet 162001 Washington    11-16     4-142002 Washington    20-11           NCAA 2nd Round2003 Washington    23-9            NCAA Elite Eight2004 Washington    28-3            NCAA Final Four

Overall Record: 306-157 (.661)/15 years
Record at Washington: 82-39 (.678)/four years
Record at Kansas State: 82-43 (.656)/four years
Record at USC: 142-75 (.654)/seven years

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