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Hugh Donald McCutcheon MNZM (born 13 October 1969), a native of Christchurch, New Zealand, is the former head coach of the US men's national volleyball team, the former head coach of the US women's national volleyball team, and the current head coach of the University of Minnesota's women's volleyball team.

Hugh McCutcheon
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McCutcheon in 2017
Current position
TitleHead coach
ConferenceBig Ten
Record189–47 (.801)
Biographical details
Born (1969-10-13) 13 October 1969 (age 50)
Christchurch, New Zealand
Alma materBYU
Playing career
1988-1990New Zealand National Team
1996New Zealand National Team
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1995-2001BYU (asst.)
2001-2002Vienna Hotvolleys
2000-2001USA Boys Youth National Team
2001-2002USA Men's (Volunteer asst.)
2003-2005USA Men's (asst.)
2005-2008USA Men's
2008-2012USA Women's
Head coaching record
OverallCollege: 189–47 (.801)

Men's National Team: 107–33 (.764)

Women's National Team: 106–39 (.731)
Tournaments17–6 (.739)
Accomplishments and honors
  • 2x Big Ten Champions (2015, 2018)
  • 2x NCAA Final Four Appearances (2015, 2016)
  • Austrian Cup (2002)
  • Austrian League Championships (2002)
As a Player:
  • Honorable Mention All-American (1993)
  • Academic All-Conference (1992)

As a Coach:

McCutcheon was a New Zealand national team volleyball player. He played on the New Zealand junior and senior national teams from 1988-90 before coming to the United States and lettered in volleyball and field hockey at Shirley Boys' High School. He was also a member of New Zealand’s national team in 1996 and represented his country on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour in 1997.


McCutcheon played for Brigham Young University from 1991-1993 after transferring from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand.

  • 1991 - Played in 40 games, had 87 kills while averaging 2.2 per game, had 47 digs and 39 total blocks, added six assists and three aces.
  • 1992 - Earned Academic All-Conference honors from the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. Played in 72 games ... was third on the team in kills with 218 while averaging 3.0 per game, hit .312 on the season, placed fourth on the team in digs with 113, added 48 blocks and 17 aces, had 19 kills and hit .485 in a three-game match against UC Santa Barbara and had a season high 21 kills against Ball State.
  • 1993 - Earned honorable mention All-America honors as a senior. Led the Cougars in kills with 476 and was 13th in the nation with a 5.53 per game average, hit .337 on the season, was third on the team with 130 digs and 107 blocks and had 28 assists and 19 aces. Had 39 kills in a match against the University of Hawaii.

After receiving his bachelor’s degree in physical education from BYU in 1993, McCutcheon played professionally for two years in Finland and Japan before returning to BYU to complete his master’s degree in exercise science in 1998. In 1999, McCutcheon received an MBA from BYU’s Marriott School of Management.

Coaching historyEdit

McCutcheon was the top assistant coach and recruiter under head coach Carl McGown for BYU from 1995-2001. During that time, the Cougars posted a record of 138-44 and captured two NCAA men’s volleyball championships (1999 and 2001).

After leaving BYU, McCutcheon was the head coach of the Vienna Hotvolleys in Austria for two seasons. In his first season there, the Hotvolleys won the 2001-02 Inter-Liga, Austrian Cup and Austrian League championships, and he had the opportunity to work with USA national team players Rich Lambourne, Dave McKienzie, Adam Naeve, Reid Priddy and Brandon Taliaferro. He also coached the first Austrian team to ever beat an Italian A1 opponent.

McCutcheon also served as a volunteer assistant coach for the men’s national team, helping out during the 2001 Volleyball World League, the 2002 World Championships and on five international tours. He has also served as the head coach of the USA Boys Youth National Team in 2000 and 2001. He joined USA Volleyball as a full-time assistant coach for the men’s national team program in April 2003.

On 3 February 2005, USA Volleyball introduced McCutcheon as the new head coach of the USA men’s national volleyball team. He took over the position from long-time head coach Doug Beal, who resigned to become the new Chief Executive Officer of USA Volleyball.

On 15 December 2008, it was announced that McCutcheon accepted the head coach position of the U.S. Women's National Team for the 2009-2012 Olympic quadrennial.[1]

On 10 February 2011, McCutcheon was named head coach of the University of Minnesota's volleyball team. He joined the Gophers on August 30, 2012 after fulfilling his obligations with the National Team.[2]

US Men's National Team head coachEdit

The team went 27-6 in McCutcheon's first year as head coach and won five medals in five tournaments. They earned a silver medal at the USOC International Sports Invitational in San Diego, California, gold medals at the America's Cup in Brazil, the FIVB World Championship Qualifying Tournament in Puerto Rico and the NORCECA Continental Championship in Canada and another silver medal at the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup in Japan.

The squad posted wins over the 2004 Olympic gold and silver medalists during the year (Brazil and Italy, respectively), registered the highest winning percentage of any men’s national team since 1988 (.818) and recorded the most wins by a men’s team since 2000 (27). The Americans finished the year by winning 18 of their last 19 matches, including 14-straight at one point and ranked fifth in the world.

In 2008, the US men's national team led by McCutcheon won the Volleyball World League. He led the USA men's volleyball team to the gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing for the first time since 1988, defeating gold-medal favorite Brazil in four sets. This is the third gold medal overall for the men's volleyball team with the first being won in 1984.

US Women's National Team head coachEdit

At the 2012 Olympics, the USA Women's Team advanced to the gold medal game. However, they lost to Brazil in four sets.

Head Coaching RecordEdit

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Minnesota Golden Gophers (Big Ten Conference) (2012–Present)
2012 Minnesota 27-8 15-5 T-2nd NCAA Regional Finals
2013 Minnesota 29-7 15-5 3rd NCAA Regional Semifinals
2014 Minnesota 19-12 9-11 8th
2015 Minnesota 30-5 18-2 1st NCAA National Semifinals
2016 Minnesota 29-5 17-3 T-2nd NCAA National Semifinals
2017 Minnesota 28-6 15-5 3rd NCAA Regional Semifinals
2018 Minnesota 27-4 19-1 1st NCAA Regional Semifinals
2019 Minnesota 23-5 17-3 T-2nd NCAA
Minnesota: 212–52 (.803) 125–35 (.781)
Total: 212–52 (.803)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Personal lifeEdit

On 9 August 2008, the day after the opening ceremony of the Beijing Summer Olympics,[3] the parents of McCutcheon's wife, former Olympian Elisabeth Bachman, were attacked at Drum Tower. His father-in-law Todd Bachman was killed and his mother-in-law Barbara Bachman was seriously injured. A 47-year-old Chinese man named Tang Yongming assaulted them at the Drum Tower eight kilometres from the main Olympic site before leaping to his death from the 40-metre high balcony. McCutcheon was away from the team for 3 matches during the tournament, before returning to lead the team to the gold medal.

Individual awards and honoursEdit

In the 2016 Queen's Birthday Honours, McCutcheon was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to volleyball.[7]


  1. ^ "McCutcheon accepts U.S. Women's National Team Head Coach Position" USA Volleyball. Retrieved on 7 January 2009.
  2. ^ "Hugh McCutcheon Named Golden Gopher Volleyball Coach Archived 14 February 2011 at the Wayback Machine" University of Minnesota Volleyball. Retrieved on 28 February 2011.
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  4. ^ "Big Ten Announces 2015 Postseason Volleyball Honors"
  6. ^ "Hugh McCutcheon Wins AVCA Coach of the Year"
  7. ^ "Queen's 90th birthday honours list 2016". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 6 June 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2016.

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