Current U.S. women’s national team head coach McCutcheon to replace Mike Hebert at Minnesota

by Austin Cumblad

Hugh McCutcheon, the U.S. women’s volleyball head coach, was named to the same position at Minnesota on Thursday, athletics director Joel Maturi announced in a release.

McCutcheon was hired to replace Mike Hebert, who retired in December and was 381-125 at the helm of the Gophers. His current position with the U.S. national team, however, is for the “Olympic quadrennial,” according to the release, which runs through 2012. McCutcheon will continue his obligations with USA Volleyball and join the Gophers full-time at a “mutually agreed upon date in the future,” according to the release. Current Minnesota assistant coach Laura Bush will serve as interim head coach.

“I’m honored an excited to coach the women’s volleyball program at the University of Minnesota,” McCutcheon said in a release. “This is a wonderful opportunity, both personally and professionally, and I hope we can continue the team’s strong history of success.”

Prior to joining the women’s team, McCutcheon coached the U.S. men’s team to a gold medal in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the third in history and first podium finish since 1992. In four years with the men’s program, his teams went 107-33.

From 1986-90, McCutcheon played for New Zealand’s junior and senior national teams, before attending and playing at BYU from 1991-93.

Bush, meanwhile, whose time as interim head coach may be protracted as McCutcheon continues to coach the U.S. women’s team, has been an assistant coach for the Gophers for the past three seasons. Her trip to the Final Four with Minnesota in 2009 was not her first; she was there as a player for Illinois in 1987 and 1988, and as an assistant coach for Michigan State in 1995.