16 Dec 2008

McCutcheon to switch roles with US volleyball

9:19 am on 16 December 2008

The New Zealander Hugh McCutcheon, coach of the Olympic gold medal winning men's volleyball team, has switched to the same role with the women's side.

The women's team, who won the silver medal in Beijing, were coached by former China international Lang Ping who decided not to seek a contract renewal.

McCutcheon's success in Beijing came after his father-in-law was killed and mother-in-law injured in a stabbing incident by a Chinese man who then committed suicide.

The incident happened in Beijing on the first full day of the Games.

No replacement has yet been named for McCutcheon at the men's team.