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2009 FIVB Men's Junior World Championship  |  Pune, India

 USA / USA - Team Composition

Team manager George Thomas Tait
Head coach Shawn Patchell
Assistant coach Jonathan Wenger
Doctor Julie Chuan
Therapist / trainer Giuseppe Vinci
  No. Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 Thomas Amberg Amberg 17/04/1990 200 98 345 328 UCLA
  4   Tyler Jaynes Jaynes 3/04/1989 206 93 315 307 Pepperdine University
  5 Joseph Kauliakamoa Jr. Kauliakamoa 12/08/1989 196 84 340 320 BYU
  6   Bradley Lawson Lawson 2/08/1989 201 89 345 328 Chemie Volley
  L 7 Erik Shoji E. Shoji 24/08/1989 184 83 330 321 Fakel Novy Urengoy
  8   Murphy Troy Troy 31/05/1989 202 99 360 350 Trefl Gdansk S.A.
  9 Tri Bourne Bourne 20/06/1989 195 84 343 335 USC
  11   Antonio Ciarelli Ciarelli 13/04/1990 183 95 335 304 USA Men's Volleyball Team
  13 Russell Lavaja Lavaja 7/08/1990 201 98 353 325 BYU
  17   Joseph Sunder Sunder 18/05/1989 205 90 366 360 TV Buhl
  18 Nicholas Vogel Vogel 5/02/1990 206 94 328 310 UCLA
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team profile

The USA Men’s Junior National Volleyball Team will make its third consecutive appearance at the FIVB Junior World Championships on July 31-Aug. 9 in Pune, India.


This will be the fifth time that the United States has qualified for the event. In 1977 and 1981, the United States placed seventh. After a 24-year absence, the USA returned in 2005, posting a record of 2-5 and finished eighth. In 2007, the United States placed seventh again under head coach Andy Read.


The Americans earned a spot in the 2009 championships with a third-place finish in the NORCECA Men’s Junior Continental Championship in El Salvador in July 2008. Head Coach Shawn Patchell's squad posted a 4-2 record during the tournament. Patchell will again be at the helm for the FIVB World Championship.


Seven players from that bronze-medal winning team will return for the U.S. at the 2009 World Championship. These players are Tri Bourne, Tyler Jaynes, Joe Kauliakamoa, Brad Lawson, Erik Shoji, who was named Best Defender, Best Receiver, and Best Libero at the NORCECA Championship, Murphy Troy, and Joe Sunder. 

Coach profile

Shawn Patchell just completed his third year as head coach and seventh year overall as a member of BYU's staff. Patchell came to BYU from Laguna Beach (Calif.) High School where he was head coach for both the boys and girls volleyball teams.

In addition to his BYU coaching responsibilities, Patchell was selected to be the 2008-09 Junior National Team Head Coach. The Junior National Team competed in El Salvador last summer where it took the bronze medal and qualified for the World Championships. Patchell also coached the Youth National Team at the FIVB World Championships in Mexico in 2007, the first US team to qualify and participate in the Youth World Championships. In 2006 Patchell assisted the Youth National Team to a win over Cuba and a silver medal at the Dominican Republic NORCECA tournament, which qualified Team USA for the World Championships.

During the summer of 2005, Patchell coached the US World University Games team.

A member of BYU's first NCAA men's volleyball team, Patchell was a starter from 1990-93 and recorded a .398 career hitting percentage. In 1992, Patchell's junior year, he led the nation in hitting percentage at .488 and was honored as All-Academic Western Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. He was ranked fourth and 10th nationally in hitting and blocking his senior year. Patchell played professionally in Spain for the Euro Cup qualifier and No. 1 ranked Gran Canaria Team in the Canary Islands and also represented the US in the Federation International Volleyball Association Sand Volleyball Circuit in Europe.

Patchell earned his BA in English with a minor in business management from BYU in 1993 and a master's degree in English Literature from the University of California at Irvine in 2000. He is a part-time member of the BYU English Department and Business School where he teaches literature and composition classes. Shawn and his wife Davis enjoy being outdoors with their four children: Jordan (12), Sage (10) Soren (6) and Kai (1).


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