Former BYU assistant coach and player Hugh McCutcheon has been named the head coach of the USA men's volleyball team.
COLORADO SPRINGS -- Former BYU assistant coach and player Hugh McCutcheon was selected as the new head coach of the USA men's national volleyball team Thursday.
McCutcheon takes over the position vacated by long-time head coach Doug Beal, who resigned to become the new Chief Executive Officer of USA Volleyball.
"It is a great undertaking, obviously, but I am honored and privileged to be the coach of this team," said McCutcheon. "I am genuinely excited to work with the guys and to continue my relationship with USA Volleyball."
At BYU, McCutcheon served as the top assistant and recruiter under Carl McGown from 1995-2001. During his stint with the Cougars, BYU posted a record of 138-44 and captured two NCAA National Championships (1999, 2001).
Upon leaving the Cougars, he coached the Vienna Hotvolleys in Austria. In his first season, the Hotvolleys won the 2001-02 Inter-Liga, Austrian Cup and Austrian League championships. From there he joined the USA Volleyball staff in April of 2003 as a full-time assistant.
Before his coaching days, McCutcheon was a very effective player. From 1991-93 he played for BYU under McGown, helping the Cougars improve each year. In his final season, BYU finished 15-10 overall and 12-7 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, the program's best season to that point. During that year, McCutcheon averaged 5.53 kills per game, fifth best all-time at BYU, and had a .337 hitting percentage.
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