McCutcheon, Berg Moving On to Next Challenges

By Bill Kauffman | Aug. 12, 2012, 9:21 a.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
USA Volleyball Communications
Phone: 719-228-6800

LONDON (Aug. 12, 2012) – U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) and three-time Olympian Lindsey Berg (Honolulu), the squad’s captain, are ready to start a new chapter in their lives after Team USA finished with the silver medal Saturday evening in the Olympic Games title match in London.

McCutcheon and Berg, who both have ties to the University of Minnesota, are going in different directions. McCutcheon will start his new role as head coach of the University of Minnesota at the end of August. Berg, who played collegiately at the University of Minnesota, is ready to take a break away from the sport without discounting the possibility of returning.

“I am done. I have given a lot of my heart and soul and it has been an incredible outcome, more than I have ever imagined,” Berg said amid sobs during the gold-medal match press conference in front of dozens of reporters. “I think there are a couple of us who I think are done and have no regrets. There are a lot of girls who stay in this program for a long time and there is a reason for it. The support is great. The people in this program are incredible and we come together every summer and other sports do not do that, but we do it. It is incredible.”

Berg is aware change occurs, but leaves the court with no regrets.

“It is going to be a change, but I am really content with what I have accomplished, what I have accomplished with my teammates,” Berg said. “I am personally ready to move on. I can’t speak for others, but it has been incredible, and if I went back, I wouldn’t change a thing.”

Berg, who was named the USA Volleyball Female Indoor Athlete of the Year in 2008 and 2011, will move on to other work passions, as well as spending time with loved ones she has missed at months at a time being on the road competing in volleyball.

“Everything, everything I have not been able to do,” Berg said of things she wants to be able to do. “I have this passion for fashion that other people have talked about, and I have some entrepreneurial things in the works. I want to spend some time with family that I haven’t been able to.”

McCutcheon, who accepted the University of Minnesota women’s head volleyball coach position back in February 2011, looks forward to piecing together the next puzzle in his career.

“As Lindsey had said she is very at ease with the end of her career and in the international arena, and I would have to say I feel the same way,” McCutcheon said. “It has been a great run, but I am looking forward to a new chapter and I am sure a few new lessons to learn and ways to evolve and change with challenges that I will need to deal with. That has always been the attraction with the journey. It has been a huge puzzle with a lot of pieces to put together. It has been a privilege to coach this team and I will do my best to positively influence the group that we have to work at Minnesota."

While McCutcheon will continue his coaching at the collegiate level, Berg alluded to that may be a career path down the road for her as well – after a break.

“I want to get into some things that are way different from volleyball. The easiest thing would probably be to coach, and I think I would be a good coach. As of now, I have put so much heart and soul into playing that I need a little break as of now. I can’t say that I will never return to it, but as of now I need to move on.”