When Hugh McCutcheon steps down as the Gophers’ volleyball coach at the end of the season, he will remain with the university as assistant athletic director, the Gophers announced Tuesday.
This answered a lingering question from McCutcheon’s surprise announcement on October 16 that he would be leaving the volleyball program.
On Jan. 1, McCutcheon will assume the newly created position of Assistant Athletic Director/Athletic Development Coach.
“I am delighted to have Hugh begin this new role in January,” Gophers athletic director Mark Coyle said in the press release. “His guidance and proven leadership will benefit all of our coaches as we continue to work to provide a holistic, world-class experience for our student-athletes.
“Hugh has enjoyed success at the Olympic and collegiate levels as a men’s and women’s coach, and I know he will be able to bring additional value to our programs beginning in January. In the meantime, we will continue to do all we can to support Hugh and his team as they complete the season.”
Now in his 11th season as Gophers coach, McCutcheon has led Minnesota to two Big Ten titles and three trips to the NCAA Final Four. The Gophers previously announced that associate head coach Matt Houk would serve as interim head coach until a replacement was named.
On Monday, the Gophers announced the search committee to find the next coach: Coyle, Julie Manning (committee chair), Tricia Budke, JT Bruett, Stephanie Davis, Susan Goldstein, Katie Harms, Melissa Maines, Tim McCleary and Peyton Owens.
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