UW Extends Contract of Highly-Successful Volleyball Coach

Jan. 18, 2008

SEATTLE - The University of Washington virtually guaranteed its continued place among the nation's college volleyball elite with the announcement that head coach Jim McLaughlin has signed a new five-year contract that extends through the 2012 season.

McLaughlin, 47, recently completed his seventh season as Washington's head volleyball coach and has compiled an impressive 170-49 record for a .776 winning percentage. Over the last four seasons, McLaughlin's UW teams have won 88 percent of its matches, advanced to three NCAA semifinal appearances and won the 2005 national championship game. Over the past three seasons, Washington's 90-10 record is the third-best among all Division I institutions.

'I am pleased that I will continue to have the opportunity to coach at such a wonderful institution,' said McLaughlin, who owns an impressive 394-167 career record in 18 seasons as a head coach. 'The University of Washington has been a great place to coach and it is my goal to continue to run a program that achieves success on the court but also emphasizes success in the classroom. I am grateful to the university for its outstanding support of women's volleyball and the way it has treated me and my family.

'I also want to thank Scott Woodward, our acting athletic director, and Marie Tuite, the senior associate athletic director, for showing their continued confidence in me and for their willingness to make a long-term commitment to our program. I also want to recognize my assistants, Leslie Tuiasosopo and Jose Gandara. They do an awesome job and our program is very fortunate to have them here at Washington.

'My family and I love the University of Washington and the Seattle area. We are happy to know our future will continue here.'

In addition to his impressive winning percentage on the court, player development has been a major factor in Washington's success during McLaughlin's tenure. Eight different Huskies have earned All-America honors over the last seven seasons and his players have earned five CoSIDA Academic All-America honors.

'Jim McLaughlin is the prototypical collegiate coach,' said Marie Tuite, UW's senior associate athletic director and senior woman administrator. 'His program categorically exemplifies everything positive regarding athletics. He works masterfully under the umbrella of education, which is a true touchpoint day for this University. Simply stated, Jim is exceptional.'

Despite losing to graduation one of the NCAA's all-time leading setters in Courtney Thompson from the 2006 team that advanced to the program's third-straight NCAA semifinal appearance, Washington finished the recently-concluded 2007 season with a 27-4 record and number 10 final national ranking. The Huskies finished second in the Pacific-10 Conference, which placed six teams in the NCAA Tournament and three of the four teams that advanced to the NCAA semifinals. Three Huskies earned All-America honors, including four-time honoree Christal Morrison.

McLaughlin came to Washington in 2001 following a successful four-year run as the head coach at Kansas State University. While a Wildcat, he compiled an 82-43 record and led the program to four NCAA Tournament appearances. He first became a head coach in 1990 when he took over as the University of Southern California men's volleyball program, where he compiled a 142-75 mark and led the Trojans to the 1990 national championship.

He is a 1985 graduate of UC Santa Barbara, where he was a two-time captain of the Gaucho men's volleyball team and, after graduation, served as the team captain of the United States squad at the World University Games. He entered coaching as a student assistant at UCSB before accepting an assistant coaching position with the men's team at Pepperdine University.

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