Former USC Men's Volleyball Head Coach Jim McLaughlin Named To AVCA Hall Of Fame
Former USC men's volleyball coach Jim McLaughlin, who led the Trojans to the 1990 NCAA championship and a runner-up finish in 1991, has been named to the 2021 class of the American Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
McLaughlin is the only coach in history to win both NCAA Division I men's and women's volleyball titles, as he also helped Washington to the 2005 women's crown.
The 2021 inductees will be formally recognized during a luncheon at the AVCA Convention in Columbus, Ohio, on Dec. 16. McLaughlin's fellow inductees are women's coaches Jim Stone (Wyoming, Ohio State) and Beverly Williams (Alabama Birmingham, Olivet Nazarene) and administrator Marilyn Moniz-Kaho'ohanohano (Hawaii).
McLaughlin spent 7 seasons (1990-96) guiding the Trojan men, posting a 142-75 record (.654). His players were named All-American first team 5 times, including 2-time National Player of the Year Bryan Ivie, as well as All-Conference first team 5 times.
His senior-less 1990 NCAA championship squad, which featured Ivie along with All-American second teamers Dan Greenbaum and Kevin Shepard and Freshman All-American Jason Perkins, went 26-7.
The next season (1991), USC spent all year ranked No. 1 nationally and had a school record 30-match win streak before falling in the NCAA final en route to a 34-2 record (tying the Trojan season win mark). USC, the nation's top hitting team, lost only 21 sets all season. Ivie won College Player of the Year honors again and Greenbaum was a first team All-American.
In 1993, his Trojans were 18-12 and Jason Mulholland, who set NCAA records for most kills in a match (55) and highest kill average in a season (7.67), was a second team All-American, while Perkins closed out his career with USC's highest all-time hitting percentage (.430).
USC started off 10-0 in 1994 and ranked No. 2 nationally, finishing at 23-8 overall. Mulholland and Chris Underwood were first team All-Americans.
McLaughlin came to USC after serving as an assistant coach with the men's teams at UC Santa Barbara, where he was the starting setter in 1982 and 1983, and Pepperdine in the latter half of the 1980s.
After USC, he served as an assistant in 1996 for Notre Dame's women, then became the women's head coach at Kansas State (1997–2000), Washington (2001–14) and Notre Dame (2014–17). Across 21 seasons with the three schools, he amassed a 490-178 (.734) record, and his squads made the NCAA tournament 18 times. His 2005 NCAA championship team at Washington posted a school-best 32-1 record, and was part of a three-year stretch when the Huskies made consecutive appearances in the NCAA semifinals. He was the 2004 AVCA National Coach of the Year.
Since his retirement from Notre Dame, McLaughlin has been a regular contributor to the AVCA's coaching development programs.