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U of M mourns loss of Hall of Fame volleyball coach Mike Hebert

Mike Hebert Photo: University of Minnesota Athletics
Mike Hebert

Updated: October 22, 2019 10:22 AM

The University of Minnesota said Tuesday that legendary Hall of Fame volleyball coach Mike Hebert has died.

According to the U of M, Hebert died Monday in San Diego at the age of 75.

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He was a volleyball head coach for 35 years and led the Gophers for 15 of those years, from 1996-2010. During his time with the Gophers, he brought the program onto the national stage, reaching the NCAA tournament 14 times, including eight Regional trips and three Final Fours. He also coached the team to a Big Ten championship in 2002 and the NCAA championship game in 2004. He retired from coaching in 2010 with a record of 381-137 at Minnesota.

"We are all deeply saddened by Mike's passing," Minnesota head coach Hugh McCutcheon said in a statement. "He had a profound impact on volleyball here at the University of Minnesota, but his sphere of influence in our sport was far greater than that. He was extremely successful at the University of Illinois, and he led several very successful international campaigns with USA volleyball. He was a great man, a great coach, and he will be missed by the entire volleyball community."

Hebert was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year five times and was named Volleyball Magazine's National Coach of the Year in 2003.

Before coaching at Minnesota, Hebert coached Illinois from 1983-1995, at New Mexico for three years and Pittsburgh for four seasons. He finished with a collegiate coaching career record of 952-392. During the Division I NCAA era, Hebert owned an 892-374 coaching record, which still ranks 14th all-time. In his 35 years of coaching, his teams advanced to the NCAA tournament 26 times.

He also coached the 2003 U.S. National Women's Volleyball Team to a bronze medal at the Pan American Games and coached the U.S. Women's Team at the 1991 World University Games and Pan Am Games, as well as the U.S. Women's Team at the 1987 World University Games.

Hebert was inducted into the AVCA Hall of Fame in 2006 and into the Minnesota M Club Hall of Fame in 2011, according to the university.

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