Rick McLaughlin, formerly the men’s volleyball coach at Loyola Marymount, an assistant women’s coach at UCSB, and the women’s coach at Golden West College, was named UCSB’s head men’s volleyball coach in June of 2008.
During his first two seasons, he led the Gauchos to a 21-38 record. In his third year at the helm, Rick led his squad to the cusp of a National Championship, falling to Ohio State after accruing a 15-15 record in the regular season. It was the first time UCSB had been in the finals since 1988.
McLaughlin spent ample time during the 2009 offseason with USA Volleyball- first guiding the junior team to the 2009 NORCEA Pan-American Cup championship in Chiapas, Mexico before assisting with the Men’s Senior National Team during their qualifications for the 2010 World Championships. Also, in 2010, McLaughlin guided the Team USA to a gold medal at the Pan American Games in Puerto Rico.
McLaughlin led the LMU program for eight years beginning in 1993 and ending in 2000 when the school dropped the program. He was named MPSF Coach of the Year in 1998 and 2000.
Following the 2000 season, he was also selected ASICS/Volleyball Magazine National Coach of the Year after guiding the Lions to the semifinals of the MPSF Tournament, a first for the program.
In the fall of 2001, he joined the staff of his brother Jim - a UCSB alumnus - to help rebuild the women’s program at the University of Washington.
He began his collegiate coaching career under Marv Dunphy at Pepperdine, coaching the 1991 and 1992 seasons and helping the Waves to the 1992 NCAA Championship.
McLaughlin’s second stint in Malibu (2002-05) resulted in three Final Four appearances and the 2005 National Championship.
He spent one year as an assistant on Kathy Gregory’s UCSB women’s staff in 2005, a year in which the Gauchos reached the NCAA tournament.
In 2006, McLaughlin became head women’s coach at Golden West College, where two successful years culminated in a trip to the state title game in 2007.
As a player, McLaughlin was a four-year starting setter at Loyola Marymount. When he completed his career, he ranked among the Lions’ top-10 in career assists (1,691) and service aces (58). At LMU, McLaughlin earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance in 1990. In 1999, he completed his master’s degree in education at Azusa Pacific.