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World League 2009
20th Edition

 USA / USA - Team Composition

Team manager Edward Rapp
Head coach Alan Knipe
Assistant coach Gary Sato
Doctor Andrew Gregory
Therapist / trainer John Hawks
  No. Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 Matthew Anderson Anderson 18/04/1987 202 100 360 332 Shanghai Volleyball Club
  2   Sean Rooney Rooney 13/11/1982 206 100 354 336 Woori Card Hansae
  3 Evan Patak Patak 23/06/1984 201 113 363 330 Toulouse
  4   David Lee Lee 8/03/1982 203 105 350 325 Lokomotiv Nobosibirsk
  L 5 Richard Lambourne Lambourne 6/05/1975 190 90 324 312 USA Men's Volleyball Team
  6   Paul Lotman Lotman 3/11/1985 200 102 336 312 Asseco Resovia
  7 Donald Suxho Suxho 21/02/1976 196 98 337 319 Trentino Volley
  8   Andrew Hein Hein 1/07/1984 210 105 360 345 Toulouse OAC-TUC
  9 Jonathan Winder Winder 4/01/1986 203 91 340 306 Saems Tourcoing VB
  10   David Smith Smith 15/05/1985 201 86 348 314 ZAKSA Kedziezyn-Kozie
  11 Brook Billings Billings 30/04/1980 196 95 351 331 Fenerbahce
  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 Russell Holmes Holmes 1/07/1982 205 95 352 335 Asseco Resovia
  16   Jayson Jablonsky Jablonsky 23/07/1985 198 91 345 335 USA Men's Volleyball Team
  17 Delano Thomas Thomas 26/01/1983 201 95 366 339 ACH Volley
  18   Scott Touzinsky Touzinsky 22/04/1982 198 88 344 330 SCC Berlin
  L 19 Alfredo Reft Reft 15/12/1982 178 83 319 309 USA Men's Volleyball Team
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team profile

The United States had one of its best seasons ever in 2008 when it won the FIVB World League title and the Olympic gold medal under head coach Hugh McCutcheon. It goes into the 2009 season ranked No. 2 in the world.


The U.S. team had 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, Colorado, to the American Sports Center in Anaheim, California. 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.


A third-place finish at the 2007 World League and fourth-place at the 2007 World Cup led the team to believe it was on the verge of greatness.


The U.S. team opened its 2008 campaign by making sure it had a spot in Beijing by winning 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 Team USA 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. knew that the 2008 FIVB World League would be an important test. Their pool would include Olympic qualifier Bulgaria and European champion Spain along with an up-and-coming Finland.


Team USA went 9-3 in pool play to advance to the final round in Brazil.


In the final round, the United States lost its first match to Serbia, but came back to defeat Poland and advanced to the semifinals, where it swept host and defending champion Brazil. The U.S. beat Serbia in the final. Ball was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player and also best setter. Lambourne won the award for best libero for the second year in a row.


Team USA traveled to Beijing feeling very positive about its chances to medal, but was struck by tragedy when McCutcheon’s mother-in-law and father-in-law were attacked while sightseeing. His father-in-law was killed and his mother-in-law was gravely injured.


McCutcheon missed the first three matches, but Team USA won all three behind assistant coach Ron Larsen and the rest of the seasoned staff.


When his mother-in-law was well enough to return to the United States, McCutcheon returned to the team and led it to victory in the next five matches, culminating with a 3-1 (20-25, 25-22, 25-21, 25-23) victory over Brazil in the gold medal match.


Clay Stanley was named tournament MVP and was the top scorer and leading server.

Coach profile

USA Volleyball named Alan Knipe its U.S. Men's Team head coach on April 1, 2009.

Knipe, 40, took a leave of absence from Long Beach State, where he has been the head coach for the past nine years. Two of Knipe's former players – David Lee and Scott Touzinsky – were members of the U.S. Men's Olympic Volleyball Team that won the gold medal in 2008 in Beijing. Knipe was an assistant coach when U.S. Team Captain Tom Hoff played at Long Beach State.


"Anyone who gets involved with volleyball sets their sights on being involved with the Olympic team," Knipe said. "I don't think that changes from your playing days to your coaching days.


"I would not have been able to take this position if I did not work at Long Beach State. They were great to work with in making this happen and giving me a leave of absence."


Knipe took over for Hugh McCutcheon, who guided the U.S. Men's Team to victories at the 2008 FIVB World League and the Beijing Olympics. McCutcheon took over the U.S. Women's Team in January.


Knipe has a long relationship with USA Volleyball. Most recently, he served as the head coach for the U.S. Men's National Team at the 2008 Pan America Cup in Winnipeg, Canada, where it won a gold medal.


He was the head coach for the U.S. Men's Team that won a bronze medal at the 2007 World University Games in Thailand.


Knipe has run the Southern California tryouts for USA Volleyball's high performance department since 1999. He was an assistant coach for the U.S. Boys' Youth National Team in 1999 and has helped at high-performance camps in other years.


Knipe also played on the U.S. National Team in 1992-93 and competed in the World League.


Knipe is in his 17th year with the 49ers men's volleyball program, including three years as a player (1990-92) and five years as an assistant (1996-2000). Long Beach State is ranked seventh in the most recent Bison/AVCA Division I-II Men's Coaches Top 15 Poll.


In his nine seasons as the head coach of Long Beach State, Knipe has led the 49ers to one NCAA final (2004) and one semifinal appearance (2008) along with six other postseason appearances in nine years. He earned 2008 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Coach of the Year honors and was also named 2008 Volleyball Magazine Coach of the Year as Long Beach State advanced to the NCAA semifinals behind AVCA co-Player of the Year Paul Lotman.


Knipe was named the 2004 AVCA National Coach of the Year when he guided his squad to an appearance in the NCAA Championship match, where it fell to BYU.


In the 1994 and 1995 seasons, Knipe served as head men's volleyball coach at Golden West College. In his second season, the Rustlers won the California State JC title and Knipe was named California State Coach of the Year.


Knipe played at Long Beach State from 1990-92, winning the NCAA Championship in 1991 and was named All-America in 1992. Knipe graduated from Long Beach State in 1992 with a degree in communications.


Knipe played on the Bud Light 4-Man Pro Beach Volleyball Tour and has won seven USA Volleyball National Open Championships with Team Paul Mitchell.


In 1995, Knipe played for Spoleto in the Italian Pro League and in 1996 he played for the Zellik Club in Belgium.


A graduate of Huntington Beach's Marina High School in 1987, Knipe spent one year at Orange Coast College before transferring to Long Beach State.


Knipe lives in Huntington Beach, California, with his wife, Jennifer, and their two sons, Aidan and Evan. The U.S. Men's Volleyball Team trains at the American Sports Centers in Anaheim, California.


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