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Team manager Browning, Robert
Head coach McCutcheon, Hugh
Assistant coach Larsen, Ronald
Doctor Koutures, Chris
Therapist / trainer Speraw, John
Journalist
 
No. Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
1 Lloy Ball Ball 17/02/1972 203 95 351 316 ZENIT Kazan
2   Sean Rooney Rooney 13/11/1982 206 100 354 336 Woori Card Hansae
4 David Lee Lee 8/03/1982 203 105 350 325 Shanghai Volleyball Club
L 5   Richard Lambourne Lambourne 6/05/1975 190 90 324 312 USA Men's Volleyball Team
8 William Priddy Priddy 1/10/1977 194 89 353 330 USA Men's Volleyball Team
9   Ryan Millar Millar 22/01/1978 204 98 354 326 Lokomotiv Nobosibirsk
10 Riley Salmon Salmon 2/07/1976 198 89 345 331 Corozal Plataneros
C 12   Thomas Hoff Hoff 9/06/1973 198 94 353 333 USA Men's Volleyball Team
13 Clayton Stanley Stanley 20/01/1978 205 104 357 332 Ural UFA
14   Kevin Hansen Hansen 19/03/1982 196 93 349 330 Arkas Spor
15 Gabriel Gardner Gardner 18/03/1976 209 103 353 335 USA Men's Volleyball Team
18   Scott Touzinsky Touzinsky 22/04/1982 198 88 344 330 SCC Berlin
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team Profile Coach Profile

Over the past decade, U.S. Men's Volleyball team has been looking to return to the greatness it experienced in the 1980s and '90s when it won two Olympic gold medals (1984 and '88) and a bronze (1992) as well as an FIVB World Cup (1985) and World Championship (1986).

In 2006, the team moved its headquarters from the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., to the American Sports Center in Anaheim, Calif. While the move did not pay dividends immediately -- the team finished 10th at both the 2006 World League and World Championship -- things improved greatly in 2007.

Now ranked third in the world following a third-place finish at the 2007 World League and a fourth-place at the 2007 World Cup, the U.S. Men could be on the verge of greatness, thanks to a roster of veterans and younger players led by Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon.

USA made it to the final round of the World League (in Katowice, Poland) last year for the first time since 2000 and they defeated hometown favourite Poland, 3-1 for a third-place finish.

Third place is the best World League finish for the United States since 1992, when it also placed third. U.S. libero Rich Lambourne was named Best Libero for the 2007 World League.

Team USA started brilliantly at the 2007 World Cup by defeating Brazil in three sets. But that victory was followed by two straight losses to the lower-ranked Puerto Rico and Spain. They recovered in the subsequent matches but a five-set loss to Russia in their final match meant Brazil, they missed out on the available Olympic spots.

A few weeks later, the U.S. Team made sure of a place in Beijing in the NORCECA Men's Continental Olympic Qualifier in Caguas, Puerto Rico. The U.S. Men won the tournament with a 5-0 record and without dropping a set, downing Puerto Rico in the Final.

Four members of the U.S. Men's National Team were honored for their play. Rich Lambourne was named best libero and best receiver. Rooney won best spiker. Millar was named top blocker and Stanley took best server.

The U.S. Men were looking to improve on their 2007 World League performance at the 2008 World League shortly before leaving for the Beijing Games.

U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon, 38, a native of Christchurch, New Zealand, has guided his team to a No. 3 world ranking and qualification for the Olympics.

However, it has taken a little longer than he hoped.

A fourth-place finish at the FIVB World Cup (where the top three teams qualified for the Olympics) at the end of 2007 meant the team had to travel to Caguas, Puerto Rico for the NORCECA Men’s Continental Olympic Qualifying Championship on Jan. 6-11. The U.S. Men won five straight matches without dropping a set to win the tournament and qualify for the Olympic Games.

"I feel relieved and excited," McCutcheon said. "The team rose to the occasion and we executed in all the aspects of the game. So many guys performed at their highest level and with a lot of energy."

McCutcheon was selected to become the new Head Coach of the U.S. team on Feb. 3, 2005. A former Brigham Young University (BYU) assistant coach, he joined USA Volleyball as a full-time assistant coach for the Men's National Team program in April 2003. McCutcheon was no stranger to the organization. In the summers of 2001 and 2002, respectively, he served as a volunteer assistant coach for the Men's National Team, helping out during the 2001 World League, the 2002 World Championships and on five international tours.

After leaving BYU, McCutcheon was the Head Coach of the Vienna Hotvolleys in Austria for two seasons. In his first season there, the Hotvolleys won the 2001-02 Inter-Liga, Austrian Cup and Austrian League championships, and he had the opportunity to work with USA National Team players Rich Lambourne, Dave McKienzie, Reid Priddy and Brandon Taliaferro.

McCutcheon played on the New Zealand Junior and Senior National Teams from 1988-90 before coming to the United States. He was also a member of New Zealand's National Team in 1996 and represented his country on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour in 1997.