Jim McLaughlin Named Washington Head Volleyball Coach

Aug. 1, 2001

SEATTLE - Jim McLaughlin, head coach at Kansas State University for the past four seasons, has been named head women's volleyball coach at the University of Washington, UW athletic director Barbara Hedges announced today. McLaughlin, who led the USC men's volleyball team to the 1990 NCAA title, becomes the seventh head coach in school history.

'I just want to thank Barbara and the University of Washington for the opportunity to come and coach at such an outstanding institution,' McLaughlin said. 'I chose to come to Washington, because of the people and the professionalism that they showed when I was there.

'The University of Washington has a great academic reputation and the success of the athletic department has been phenomenal. As a family, we are excited to be coming to Seattle.'

McLaughlin replaces former head coach Bill Neville, who announced his retirement on July 17, after 10 years at Washington.

'We are thrilled to have the McLaughlins join the Husky family,' Hedges said. 'Jim was clearly our top candidate and he brings exceptional credentials as well as championship experience to the Washington volleyball program.'

McLaughlin spent the last four seasons building the Kansas State women's volleyball program into a national power, compiling an 82-43 record and taking the Wildcats to four consecutive NCAA tournament appearances. Last season, McLaughlin led Kansas State to a 22-9 record, a program-best No. 16 national ranking and its first-ever trip to the NCAA Sweet 16.

During his tenure at Kansas State, two Wildcats earned All-America honors, seven were named to the All-Big 12 first team and 15 garnered first-team academic all-conference accolades. McLaughlin also was honored as the 1999 Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year.

Prior to a one-year stint as an assistant at Notre Dame in 1996, McLaughlin was the head men's coach at the University of Southern California for seven seasons, leading the Trojans to the NCAA title in 1990 (his first season as head coach) and a runner-up finish a year later. While at USC, McLaughlin's teams were ranked in the top 10 five times, while 15 players earned All-America accolades, led by two-time national player of the year, Bryan Ivie.

McLaughlin's volleyball career began as a player, first at Santa Monica Junior College (1980-81) and later at his alma mater, UC Santa Barbara (1982-83), where he was the Gauchos' starting setter for two seasons, earning honorable mention All-America honors as a senior.

After two years as a student assistant coach for both the UCSB men's and women's squads, McLaughlin became an assistant at Pepperdine University (1986-89) where he helped coach the Waves to the 1986 NCAA men's title.

The Malibu, Calif., native also has had experience coaching on the international level as a three-time head coach at the World University Games, in addition to being a consultant for the U.S. Men's Olympic teams in both 1992 and 1996.

McLaughlin is married to the former Margaret Jarc, a four-year soccer monogram winner at the University of Notre Dame. The couple has two daughters, Megan (3) and Molly (1).

Jim McLaughlin's Head Coaching Record

Year School Position Overall Conf. Highlights

1990 USC Men's Head Coach 26-7 12-4 NCAA Champions, t2nd WIVA
1991 USC Men's Head Coach 34-2 16-0 NCAA Runner's Up, 1st WIVA
1992 USC Men's Head Coach 11-13 9-7 #10 ranking, 3rd WIVA
1993 USC Men's Head Coach 18-12 11-8 #7 ranking, t3rd MPSF
1994 USC Men's Head Coach 23-8 14-5 #5 ranking, 2nd MPSF
1995 USC Men's Head Coach 16-17 8-11 #11 ranking, 4th MPSF
1996 USC Men's Head Coach 14-16 9-10 #13 ranking, 5th MPSF

1997 Kansas State Women's Head Coach 20-13 11-9 NCAA Tournament, 6th Big 12
1998 Kansas State Women's Head Coach 19-12 12-8 NCAA Tournament, t4th Big 12
1999 Kansas State Women's Head Coach 21-9 14-6 NCAA Tournament, 4th Big 12
2000 Kansas State Women's Head Coach 22-9 14-6 NCAA Sweet 16, t2nd Big 12

WIVA = Western Intercollegiate Volleyball Association
MPSF = Mountain Pacific Sports Federation

Overall Record: 224-118 (.655)/11 years
Record at Kansas State: 82-43 (.656)/four years
Record at USC: 142-75 (.654)/seven years

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