Notre Dame welcomes Jim McLaughlin as its new head coach.
|-Notre Dame Athletic Department|
One day after the University of Washington confirmed Volleyblog Seattle’s January 10 report that Jim McLaughlin is leaving after 14 years, Notre Dame released an extensive press release—and video—welcoming their new coach.
In the release, McLaughlin reveals that he was first contacted by Notre Dame’s senior deputy athletics director Missy Conboy to fill the spot of Debbie Brown, terminated after 24 years as the Fighting Irish head volleyball coach.
Highlights from the press release and video:
- "I am excited to become the new head coach of women's volleyball at the University of Notre Dame," said McLaughlin. "The University of Washington was a great place to coach and, at this point in my career, this is the only other school I would have even considered. Since first having been given the opportunity by Debbie Brown to coach here as an assistant for one season, I always thought it would be a great place to be a head coach. I love the school's values, the spirit, the tradition, the beautiful campus and the enthusiasm of everyone that is a part of this great university. There is no doubt Notre Dame is a special place.
- “My wife Margaret went here (a four-year soccer athlete at Notre Dame.) She’s closer to her family. So, when I’m recruiting, she can see her family.”
- “My faith is the key thing for me. I base everything I do off of it. It just helps me to be a better coach. It allows me to see things better. It’s not what you look at but what you see. It allows me to listen better.”
The Notre Dame Athletic Department reports that McLaughlin—like almost every volleyball coach in the country—is spending this three-day holiday recruiting at club volleyball tournaments.
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