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|Jim McLaughlin is leaving Washington for Notre Dame|
-Volleyblog Seattle photo by Leslie Hamann
Jim McLaughlin, a coach who built the University of Washington volleyball program into a national power, has confirmed reports by Volleyblog Seattle and The Seattle Times that he is leaving to become the head coach at Notre Dame.
After Volleyblog Seattle and The Seattle Times first published news Friday afternoon that McLaughlin had told players at both Washington and Notre Dame of his decision, McLaughlin and UW Athletic Director Scott Woodward confirmed the report.
“This was the most difficult decision I have ever had to make in my coaching career,” said McLaughlin in a prepared statement. “My wife, Margaret, is from the Midwest and all of her family is still there. She has followed me across the country and we both decided that it was time to pursue opportunities in that part of the country.”
“Jim poured his heart and soul into building the Husky Volleyball program over the past fourteen years and has achieved unprecedented success,” said Woodward. “While I am disappointed to see Jim go and will miss working with him, he, Margaret and their three daughters carry with them my best wishes for success in their new endeavor.”
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