Saturday, January 17, 2015

College | McLaughlin on leaving Washington: “Notre Dame is a special place”

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.


NOTES:

Is volleyball big news in the Pacific Northwest? The article confirming McLaughlin's departure has risen to the #6 spot of The Seattle Times' Most Read list ...


13 comments:

  1. Was waiting for ur hand to show with this--a cheap--rendition of ALL that's ND.
    Move on; look forward and not backwards.

    & btw, it's #6 read because of all those around the VB COUNTRY who are logging in to read the story. It isn't about Seattle.

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    1. You may have some sort of point to make. But your comment is an epic fail. No one has a clue as to what type of point your trying to make.

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    2. Please don't feed the trolls.

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  2. so after all that ND video, why is he leaving?

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  3. Best of luck Jim, thanks for what you've done here and lets hope we can continue!

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    1. This reminds me of the classic case told from the male point of view, could be reversed. Your long standing girl friend of 10 years or so, suddenly bolts in the door to your study, eyes you nonchalantly, comes in and blurts out that she is seeing another man. While admitting that you had some good times and professes that she still likes you, still wants to be friends, she doesn't quite have that same feeling about you. She professes that she doesn't think of you in that way any more. She has found another man. This kind of hurts because you idolized her, supported her with your time and money, and thought there was a two way feeling of admiration. But she has left and life goes on until the first time you see her with the "other" man, maybe at a "sweet sixteen" dance. Then the burn returns. As Elizabeth Kublar Ross says there are 5 steps to go through in the death of a relationship, denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Well its beyond denial because it sure sounds like a done deal, so I'm pretty sure I'm in the second phase and a long way from the last phase.

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    2. Wow, over analyze much? Get over yourself.

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  4. Go after Troy Tanner! Big time! The biggest question might be can he resign as coach at Pepperdine before he has even coached a single game? But with the pipeline he has into SoCal and the fact that a number of current players at UW have gone through his club team, plus his daughter is one of the two primary setters, well... I would love to see that hire. Leslie Gabriel would probably be a great coach, but I think that UW really should go after a big time name in the sport of volleyball.

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    1. You should look at Tanner's record at Pepperdine this year before you want to promote him to a bigger job.

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  5. Troy coached one season at Pepperdine. Not sure if he enjoys it at the college level.

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    1. Tanner resigned at the end of the season; i think because it wasn't something he really felt he wanted to do. Any rumors out there on who the Huskies are looking at? Tui, Mussie, and Keno seem the obvious choices...

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  6. Idiot, he built a powerhouse at UW.

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  7. When can we expect to see a list of likely candidates? I hope Volleyblog Seattle is working on that because I am sure no other media outlet is.

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