Rick McLaughlin
Rick McLaughlin
Position: Assistant Coach
Bringing over 15 years of experience in the collegiate game, Rick McLaighlin begins his first season as an assistant coach for the UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball team. An outstanding motivator, McLaughlin will be heavily involved with recruiting efforts for the Gauchos as well as scouting opponents. Most recently, McLaughlin spent four years as the top assistant coach with the Pepperdine men's volleyball team, helping the Waves capture the 2005 NCAA Championship. Pepperdine was ranked No. 1 nearly the entire season, and finished on top with a 25-2 record, while the Waves also made NCAA Final Four appearances in 2002 and 2003. This was McLaughlin's second go-around at Pepperdine, as he was also an assistant in 1991 and 1992 under Hall of Fame coach Marv Dunphy. Following his first stint in Malibu, McLaughlin spent eight seasons as head coach of the Loyola Marymount men's team from 1993 through 2000, after which the program was dropped by the university. Tabbed the MPSF Coach of the Year in both 1998 and 2000, McLaughlin's final LMU squad advanced to the league tournament semifinals after upsetting top-ranked Long Beach State in the first round. He was later named the 2000 ASICS/Volleyball Magazine National Coach of the Year as his Lions also posted wins over perennial powers UCLA and Penn. Loyola Marymount also advanced to the eight-team MPSF Tournament in 1998, snapping a seven-year absence from postseason play en route to finishing the year ranked 12th nationally. After leaving LMU, McLaughlin was the men's volleyball coach and a physical education instructor at Santa Monica College in 2000-01. That fall, he joined the staff of his older brother Jim - a UCSB alumnus - to help rebuild the women's program at Washington. McLaughlin also has extensive coaching experience at the national level, assisting the U.S. National men's and women's teams in 1993. As a player, McLaughlin was a four-year starting setter from 1987-90 at Loyola Marymount, where he earned a bachelor's degree in business administration. In 1999 he completed a master's program in education at Azusa Pacific. The 37-year-old McLaughlin resides in Santa Barbara. He is the uncle of current UCSB freshman outside hitter Lauren McLaughlin.

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