- Sep 9, 2015
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The Gophers volleyball coach doesn't want to talk about his transition to assistant athletic director until after the season — but a new book appears to shed light on his motives.
Hugh McCutcheon's announcement that he's resigning as Gophers volleyball coach at season's end and moving into a newly created athletic department role had a whiplash effect that hasn't been parsed. That's primarily because he does not want to talk about the transition until after the volleyball season.
But a new book by McCutcheon out Tuesday, "Championship Behaviors: A Model for Competitive Excellence in Sports," provides a sense that he has a clear idea of what he wants to accomplish as an administrator.
It can best be described as refocusing the direction and meaning of athletics.
"Our world of comparison is increasingly fixated on outcomes — especially on winning. So much so, it seems, that anything less is often quickly dismissed as failure," McCutcheon writes. "It's as though doing your absolute best and finishing second is somehow an embarrassment or a disgrace.
"That doesn't sit well with me. … As much as we all want to win, we can't win all of the time. So there has to be more to it."
It is that element of "more to it" that illuminates McCutcheon's view of the purpose of coaching and participating in sports, and it gives a glimpse of what he might bring to his role as assistant athletic director/sport development coach.