Coyle hired Ben Johnson and Lindsey Whalen, neither of which with any prior head coaching experience, to run the bball programs.
But it is generally understood that he did so with the hope that both would be better able to lure in local talent, and build up the program with energy and recruiting, that way. And neither program, of course, is nationally competitive (or competitive for Big Ten titles, for that matter).
The major Gopher program that is most similar to volleyball, in that sense, I guess would be (men's) hockey. And there, Coyle went out and got St Cloud State's head coach.
So that would be grabbing a talented head coach of a nationally competitive program, from a lesser conference. Which, almost every other conference is lesser than the Big Ten in (women's indoor) volleyball.