Gophers volleyball coach leaves organization

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McCutcheon, who previously coached the United States men’s and women’s indoor volleyball teams to Olympic medals, joined the Gophers in 2012.

MINNEAPOLIS — University of Minnesota volleyball head coach Hugh McCutcheon has announced he will be leaving the organization after this season.

Matt Houk, currently assistant head coach, will be the interim head coach after the season. The team will conduct a nationwide search to find its next head coach, according to a statement from the organization.

“Hugh is a respected leader in volleyball, the coaching profession and in our department,” athletic director Mark Coyle said in a statement. “We understand and support his decision to retire at the end of the season and thank him for his tremendous contributions to our program, the university and the state.

McCutcheon, who previously coached both the men’s and women’s indoor volleyball teams to Olympic medals, joined the Gophers in 2012.

He led the team to a 265-71 record and three Final Four appearances in 11 seasons.

McCutcheon signed a contract extension, which was to maintain his role as Gophers coach through 2025, into 2021.

“It is a privilege to coach here and we will continue to represent this program, our university and Minnesota State to the best of our abilities,” he said at the time.

The Gophers are scheduled to play in Iowa on Wednesday.

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