Hebert leaves a winning legacy at U

  • Article by: NEWS SERVICES
  • Updated: December 12, 2010 - 10:50 PM

With Mike Hebert announcing his retirement, Joel Maturi is seeking a coach for a volleyball program that has been one of the nation's best.

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In 15 seasons as coach, Mike Hebert, right, guided the Gophers to 381 victories and three Final Fours, including one appearance in the national championship match.

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Fresh off the completion of his most recent coaching search, Gophers athletic director Joel Maturi has another one on his hands.

Gophers volleyball coach Mike Hebert announced his retirement late Saturday in a team meeting in Seattle, a night after his team lost to California in the NCAA regional semifinals.

"All of us coach with the realization that one day it has to end," Hebert said in a statement released by the university. "That day has come for me."

The Gophers hired Jerry Kill to lead their football program Monday, asking the former Northern Illinois coach to rebuild a team that went 3-9 this season. The next volleyball coach will have a different task: to maintain a program that has enjoyed its greatest success under Hebert. In his 15 seasons here, Hebert guided the Gophers to three Final Fours, including last year.

The school said it will begin a national search for a new coach.

"We would like to thank him for raising the bar for University of Minnesota volleyball to the highest level for now and in the years to come," Maturi said in the statement.

Hebert had a 381-125 record with the Gophers, including 26-9 this year. He has an all-time record of 952-392; his 892 Division I victories rank fourth all-tme.

The program is set to return all but one player for next season. But the lone senior is three-time All-Big Ten selection Lauren Gibbemeyer, the Gophers' all-time leader in blocks.

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