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Originally published Wednesday, December 22, 2004 at 12:00 AM

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UW Volleyball

McLaughlin wants to stay in Seattle

Washington volleyball coach Jim McLaughlin says he will listen to offers to coach the men's or women's U.S. volleyball teams but is inclined to remain as Huskies coach. "I want to stay...

Seattle Times staff reporter

Washington volleyball coach Jim McLaughlin says he will listen to offers to coach the men's or women's U.S. volleyball teams but is inclined to remain as Huskies coach.

"I want to stay in Seattle," McLaughlin said yesterday. "I love the UW ... and my wife is all fired up.

"I came here with a plan to win this thing and we haven't won it yet."

The Huskies won the Pac-10 title and made it to the Final Four this season but lost in the semifinals to eventual champion Stanford.

McLaughlin made the remarks from Los Angeles, where he had been on a family trip.

On Monday, Doug Beal, the incoming CEO of USA Volleyball who coached the men's team in this year's Olympics, told The Times that McLaughlin has the credentials to be a short-list candidate for either the vacant men's or women's head coaching positions.

McLaughlin, 44, has said he someday wants to coach a U.S. national team but only if the timing is right. He has cited the young age of his daughters — 6 and 4 — as a reason this might not be the right time.

Still, McLaughlin said, "I'll talk to Doug." He also called Beal "an amazing guy" and said part of the appeal of coaching a national team would be working under Beal.

UW officials are working on a new contract for McLaughlin. He acknowledged that signing a new contract would be a declaration that he will stay at the UW. Asked if the stay-or-go issue could be resolved by mid-January, McLaughlin said, "I hope it can be resolved sooner than that."

Craig Smith: 206-464-8279 or csmith@seattletimes.com

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