UC SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - For the second straight year head coach Rick McLaughlin of No. 3 UC Santa Barbara men's volleyball has been named the Big West Coach of the Year, the conference announced Tuesday afternoon.
McLaughlin, who was also named AVCA National Coach of the Year in 2020, has now earned four conference coach of the year honors in his career.
The Gaucho head coach led his team to its first ever Big West Championship just a few nights ago giving the program its first conference championship and trip to the NCAA Tournament in 10 years. Second-seeded UCSB knocked off Long Beach State 3-1 in the semifinals before besting UC San Diego in the championship 3-1 to earn the automatic bid. The Gauchos will ride a 10-match win streak into the tourney.
McLaughlin has led UCSB to a 15-4 overall record standing as the nation's third-ranked team for almost the entirety of the season. In conference play the Gauchos finished second with a 7-3 record.
The Gauchos rank top-ten in the country in several statistical categories including being fourth in kills per set (13.10), assists per set (12.33), and digs per set (10.37). They rank eighth or better in hitting percentage (.318), win-loss percentage (.789), and team attack per set (28.99).
Article courtesy of UCSB Athletics.