2004 Tachikara/AVCA National Coach of the Year


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University of Washington's Jim McLaughlin Named 2004 AVCA/Tachikara Division I National Coach of the Year


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Jim McLaughlin, the head women's volleyball coach at the University of Washington, has been selected the 2004 Tachikara/AVCA Division I National Coach of the Year.

McLaughlin led the Huskies (28-2) to a season of many firsts. Washington has advanced to its first-ever NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Collegiate Championship semifinal round match after defeating UCLA in the region finals. The Huskies captured their first-ever Pac-10 Conference crown with a 16-2 record with only five-game losses to Stanford and Southern California. Washington held the top spot in the USA Today/CSTV Top 25 Coaches Poll for the first time in school history and maintained the position for seven weeks.

Washington opened the season with a school-record 22-match win streak. The Huskies have won 10 of 12 matches against current nationally ranked teams. McLaughlin adjusted his lineup around an injury to returning AVCA All-American Sanja Tomasevic, who missed over a third of the season. The Huskies starting lineup includes just one senior (Tomasevic) to go with a freshman outside hitter and sophomore setter and libero. McLaughlin earned the Pac-10 Conference Coach of the Year for the second time in three years, following up a 2002 selection.

McLaughlin inherited a program that finished last in the Pac-10 standings in 2000. He has led the Huskies to the NCAA Tournament each of the last three seasons, including back-to-back appearances in the region finals. Washington has improved its win total in each of its four seasons under McLaughlin leadership.

He boasts a 163-81 career record over eight seasons as a women's head coach, including an 82-38 mark in four years at Washington. If the Huskies win the national championship, he would become the first coach to win both a men's and women's NCAA volleyball championship. McLaughlin led the University of Southern California to the 1990 title. He spent eight seasons with the Trojans as their men's volleyball coach.

Before taking over at Washington, McLaughlin spent four seasons at Kansas State (1997-2000) and compiled an 82-43 record with four consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament. Overall, 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 with McLaughlin at the helm.

McLaughlin's award was presented to him on Dec. 16 at the Tachikara/AVCA Coach of the Year and Victory Club Awards Banquet, held in conjunction with the AVCA Annual Convention in Long Beach, Calif.

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