Jeff Hintz, director of the 41st Ryder Cup hosted by Hazeltine National Golf Club, was named the chief executive officer of the Minnesota Section of the Professional Golfers’ Association and its foundation.

“I am deeply honored, and grateful for the opportunity,” Hintz said. “I look forward to leading our staff in serving the most critical growth ingredient in the game of golf, PGA Professionals. I also look forward to expanding our charitable foundation’s activity and programming which is vital to the future of our game.”

“Our board of directors recognized a unique opportunity to keep someone in Minnesota who arguably delivered the greatest event in the history of golf,” Minnesota PGA President Joel Burger said. “His hiring accelerates our ability to improve service to our section members and grow the game of golf in our state.”

Top post for U coach

Gophers volleyball coach Hugh McCutcheon was named the president of the International Volleyball Federations’ (FIVB) Coaching and Technical Commission.

He has served on the FIVB commission since leaving USA Volleyball in 2012. Before being hired by Minnesota, McCutcheon guided both the U.S. men’s and women’s national teams to gold and silver medals at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, respectively.

McCutcheon’s teams won the FIVB World League (men) in 2008 and the FIVB World Grand Prix (women) in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

A majority of the FIVB commission meetings will be conducted by teleconference with an annual meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland.

• Former Gopher Hannah Tapp will play professional volleyball with Schweriner SC e.V. in Germany.


• Senior forward Vinni Lettieri of the Gophers was named the Big Ten’s second star of the week after getting his first hat trick on Saturday in a 5-2 victory over Michigan. Lettieri has 11 goals this season, the second most on the team, and 20 points, third most.

• Champlin Park senior Sydney Hilley, was named Gatorade’s volleyball player of the year for a second time. The 6-foot outside hitter had 641 kills last season. She signed with Wisconsin.