Double Olympic Volleyball Finalist Hugh McCutcheon on Coaching Across Cultures & Genders
Team dynamics, tactics & intensity
Very, very few coaches have brought both a men’s team and a women’s team to an Olympic championship final. Hugh McCutcheon has, winning gold for the USA male volleyball squad in Beijing and silver for the female squad in London.
Hugh, who was born and raised in New Zealand, also has a novel perspective on elite team performance in the U.S. being the rare non American to head a top Olympic team.
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Hugh is currently head coach of the women’s volleyball team at the University of Minnesota. We had a fascinating and wide-ranging chat recently about his extensive professional development journey, the differences between male and female athletes, the American high-performance sports culture and lots more.