Jim McLaughlin Earns AVCA Pacific Region Coach Of The Year Honors

Dec. 8, 2004

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Washington volleyball head coach Jim McLaughlin was voted Tachikara/American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Pacific Region Coach of the Year, the organization announced on Wednesday. McLaughlin, in his fourth season with Washington, joined Georgia Tech's Bond Shymansky (East), Ohio State's Jim Stone (Midwest), Louisville's Leonid Yelin (Midwest), Yale's Erin Appleman (Northeast), Texas' Jerritt Elliott (Central), Hawaii's Dave Shoji (West) and Tennesse's Rob Patrick (South) as regional honorees.

Each regional coach of the year will represent their region on the Tachikara/AVCA National Coach of the Year ballot, which will be presented at the Tachikara/AVCA Coach of the Year and Victory Club Awards banquet in Long Beach, Calif., on Thursday, Dec. 16, at the 2004 American Volleyball Coaches Association Annual Convention. Seven of the eight coaches have led their teams to the NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship regional semifinal round.

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 nearly a month of the 2004 season and returned just prior to the NCAA Tournament.

Washington, seeded seventh in this year's NCAA Tournament, has advanced to the region semifinal round this weekend with wins over Idaho (3-0) and Kansas (3-2).

Last year, McLaughlin led the Huskies to the Elite Eight where UW dropped a five-game heartbreaker to Minnesota. The Elite Eight appearance tied the program record for best NCAA finish.

McLaughlin boasts a 161-81 career record over eight seasons as a women's head coach, including an 80-38 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.

Washington's postseason run continues Friday, Dec. 10 when the Huskies host Saint Mary's in the regional semifinal at 7:30 p.m. The match will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Northwest and will be called by Rich Waltz and Mike Dodd. UCLA and Penn State will also play on Friday in the 5 p.m. match. Friday's winners will play n Saturday at 7 p.m., with the winner advancing to the Final Four in Long Beach, Calif., Dec. 16-18.

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