Fighting Irish Athletics | January 20, 2015
Jim McLaughlin, the only person to coach both a women's and a men's volleyball team to NCAA titles and a former women's volleyball national coach of the year at the University of Washington, has been named head volleyball coach at the University of Notre Dame.
McLaughlin (pronounced muh-GLOFF-lin) coached the USC men's team to an NCAA title in 1989-90 and then led the University of Washington women's team to the 2005 NCAA crown. He comes to Notre Dame following 14 highly successful seasons as the Huskies' coach, a tenure that featured four trips to the NCAA national semifinals in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2013. He earned rave reviews for turning around struggling women's programs both at Washington and at Kansas State University.
McLaughlin also brings Notre Dame family ties with him back to South Bend. He spent one season as an Irish assistant volleyball coach in 1996 under Debbie Brown--and his wife, the former Margaret Jarc, is a 1993 Notre Dame graduate, a former Irish women's soccer player, 1992 co-captain and four-year monogram winner. She spent two years as a Notre Dame assistant women's soccer coach (1995 and 1996), with the Irish winning their first NCAA title in that sport in 1995.
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