Jim McLaughlin, “UW Women’s Volleyball”
One of the most successful and respected coaches in the country, Jim McLaughlin has come to embody Washington volleyball in his second decade in Seattle. The McLaughlin era, thus far, has produced one National Championship, four Final Four appearances, three national players of the year, three Pac‑12 Conference titles, and 15 players that combined for 31 AVCA All‑America awards. Eight times a Husky has earned Academic All‑America, and Husky players have combined for a whopping 55 All‑Pac‑12 awards under McLaughlin.
McLaughlin took over the Washington program in 2001, inheriting a team that finished last in the Pac‑10 standings in 2000. Within just five seasons, he transformed the Huskies from worst to first, not just in the Pac‑10, but in the nation, as Washington captured the 2005 NCAA title in McLaughlin’s fifth season. The influence McLaughlin has had on the sport of volleyball in Seattle was put on display in the fall of 2013, when Seattle hosted the NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship for the first time in history. The Huskies delivered by reaching the Final Four for the first time since 2006, playing the semifinals in front of a sold out KeyArena holding nearly 15,000 fans. Washington has been ranked in the Top 25 in every poll since week one of 2003, and over the last ten years, UW has been in the Top 10 in 148 out of a possible 159 coaches polls. The Huskies achieved the No. 1 national ranking in 2004, 2005, and 2013, and the No. 2 ranking in 2006, 2011, and 2012.
With 24 years of NCAA head coaching experience, McLaughlin has proven his abilities both to recruit talented student-athletes and to cultivate championship programs. He has made 23 appearances in the NCAA postseason in his 24 years, including four with Kansas State, which advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2000. He also spent seven seasons as the men’s head coach at USC, where he won the 1990 national championship and finished as runner‑up in 1991.
McLaughlin’s volleyball career began as an elite setter. After leading Santa Monica High School to the CIF Southern Sectional title in 1979, McLaughlin played two seasons at Santa Monica Junior College, which won the 1981 California Junior College Championship. A member of the 1981 U.S. World University Games team, he earned first team all‑state honors and was named SMC’s Athlete of the Year. In 1982, McLaughlin transferred to UC Santa Barbara, where he was the Gauchos’ starting setter for two seasons, earning honorable mention All‑America honors as a senior. He also captained the 1985 U.S. World University Games team and was an USVBA All‑American.
McLaughlin is married to the former Margaret Jarc, a four‑year soccer monogram winner at the University of Notre Dame. The couple has three daughters: Megan (15), Molly (13), and Marit (7).