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Team manager Beal, Douglas
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  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 Richard Brandon Taliaferro Taliaferro 28.09.1977 196 100 342 325 ACH Volley
L 5   Richard Lambourne Lambourne 06.05.1975 190 90 324 312 USA Men's Volleyball Team
6 Phillip Eatherton Eatherton 02.01.1974 206 101 356 335 AZS Czestochowa
7   David Lee Lee 08.03.1982 203 105 350 325 Shanghai Volleyball Club
8 William Priddy Priddy 01.10.1977 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 02.07.1976 198 89 345 331 Corozal Plataneros
11   Brook Billings Billings 30.04.1980 196 95 351 331 Fenerbahce
C 12 Thomas Hoff Hoff 09.06.1973 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
16 David McKienzie McKienzie 05.07.1979 193 95 358 340 Kuwait Sporting Club
17   Delano Thomas Thomas 26.01.1983 201 95 366 339 ACH Volley
L 19 Alfredo Reft Reft 15.12.1982 178 83 319 309 USA Men's Volleyball Team
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team Profile   Coach Profile

The U.S. Menís National Volleyball Team Head encountered some bumps in the road to Beijing in 2006. Nevertheless, the team finished the season with a winning record at 18-14 and has plenty of ideas for improvement in 2007.

 

In April, the team moved its center of operations from Colorado Springs, Colo., to Anaheim, Calif. The move had many benefits as it put the team in the center of the volleyball universe in Southern California and also removed the effects of Coloradoís high altitude on the teamís serves.

 

The team opened the international season in 2006 by winning the inaugural Pan American Cup in Mexico, taking four matches in a row. That was followed with a tour of Argentina where the U.S. men finished 4-1.

 

But injuries and the disruption caused by the moved to Anaheim caught up with the team in the World League, where it did not advance from pool play and finished tied for 10th. That was followed by another 10th-place finish at the 2006 World Championships in Japan. The U.S. Menís world ranking slipped from fifth to eighth.

 

The USA Menís National Volleyball Team flourished in Hugh McCutcheonís first year as head coach in 2005 by going 27-6 and winning five medals in five tournaments.

 

The team earned a silver medal at the USOC International Sports Invitational in San Diego, Calif., gold medals at the America's Cup in Brazil, the FIVB World Championship Qualifying Tournament in Puerto Rico and the NORCECA Continental Championship in Canada and another silver medal at the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup in Japan. The Americans finished the year ranked fifth in the world.

 

The squad posted wins over the 2004 Olympic gold and silver medalists during the year (Brazil and Italy, respectively), registered the highest winning percentage of any menís national team since 1988 (.818) and recorded the most wins by a menís team since 2000 (27).  The Americans finished the year by winning 18 of their last 19 matches, including 14-straight at one point.

 

The United States won Olympic gold medals in 1984 in Los Angeles and 1988 in Seoul and earned the bronze medal in 1992 in Barcelona. The team finished fourth at the 2004 Summer Games in Athens, Greece. But before it can think about a medal run in Beijing, it must perform well in its 2007 competitions, including the FIVB World League, NORCECA Championships, the FIVB World Cup and the NORCECA Olympic qualifying event in January of 2008.

 

Hugh McCutcheon

Head Coach

USA Menís National Team

Third Year (45-20)

 

U.S. Menís National Volleyball Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon encountered some bumps in the road to Beijing in 2006. Nevertheless, the team finished the season with a winning record at 18-14 and with plenty of ideas for improvement in 2007.

 

In April, McCutcheon and the team moved their center of operations from Colorado Springs, Colo., to Anaheim, Calif. The move had many benefits as it put the team in the center of the volleyball universe in Southern California and also removed the effects of Coloradoís high altitude on the teamís serves.

 

The team opened the international season by winning the inaugural Pan American Cup in Mexico, taking four matches in a row. That was followed with a tour of Argentina where the U.S. men finished 4-1.

 

But injuries and the disruption caused by the moved to Anaheim caught up with the team at the World League, where it did not advance from pool play and finished tied for 10th.

That was followed by another 10th-place finish at the 2006 World Championships in Japan. The U.S. Menís world ranking slipped from fifth to eighth.

 

ďWe struggled to maintain the consistency we had (in 2005),Ē McCutcheon said. ďThe same issues we had during the summer (in the World League) were the same we had at the World Championships. Integrating the players was difficult.Ē

 

However, 2006 ended on a high note for McCutcheon, 36, who married U.S. Womenís National Team player Elisabeth Bachman on Dec. 9 in Minneapolis.

 

The USA Menís National Volleyball Team flourished in McCutcheonís first year as head coach in 2005 by going 27-6 and winning five medals in five tournaments.

 

The team earned a silver medal at the USOC International Sports Invitational in San Diego, Calif., gold medals at the America's Cup in Brazil, the FIVB World Championship Qualifying Tournament in Puerto Rico and the NORCECA Continental Championship in Canada and another silver medal at the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup in Japan.

 

McCutcheon was selected to become the new head coach of the USA menís national volleyball team, USA Volleyball announced Feb 3, 2005.

 

McCutcheon took over the position from long-time head coach Doug Beal, who resigned to become the new Chief Executive Officer of USA Volleyball.

 

ďIt is a great undertaking, obviously, but I am honored and privileged to be the coach of this team,Ē said McCutcheon. ďI am genuinely excited to work with the guys and to continue my relationship with USA Volleyball.

 

ďI have a lot of enthusiasm and passion that I can bring to the job,Ē he added. ďI am at a position in my life to really commit myself to this job and give it the time and the energy that it requires for this team to continue the success that it has had.

 

ďObviously there is a change of the guard but I think in terms of the systems weíre going to playÖthe way we are going to play the game, fundamentally, is going to be the same. But I think the gym culture and maybe my ability to relate to the guys is going to be something that is a little bit different.Ē

 

McCutcheon, a former Brigham Young University assistant coach, joined USA Volleyball as a full-time assistant coach for the menís national team program in April 2003.

 

McCutcheon filled the spot previously vacated by Brad Saindon, who resigned in February 2003 to become the womenís volleyball head coach at Arizona State University.

 

ďI am very pleased that we were able to reach an agreement with Hugh to become the next USA menís coach,Ē said Beal, who guided Team USA to an Olympic gold medal in 1984 and also coached the USA men at the 2000 and 2004 Olympics. ďI think his familiarity with the international menís world right now, his history with the current group of USA athletes and his role in preparing the team as an assistant in Athens gives him the best opportunity to continue the upward climb of the USA men.Ē

 

McCutcheon was no stranger to the organization. In the summers of 2001 and 2002, respectively, he served as a volunteer assistant coach for the menís national team, helping out during the 2001 World League, the 2002 World Championships and on five international tours. He has also served as the head coach of the USA Boys Youth National Team in 2000 and 2001.

 

He was the top assistant coach and recruiter for BYU from 1995-2001. During that time the Cougars posted a record of 138-44 and captured two NCAA menís volleyball championships (1999 and 2001).

 

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. He also coached the first Austrian team to ever beat an Italian A1 opponent.

 

McCutcheon, a native of Christchurch, New Zealand, 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 Zealandís national team in 1996 and represented his country on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour in 1997.

 

He played for BYU from 1991-1993 after transferring from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. In 1993 he earned honorable mention All-America honors. In 1992 he earned Academic All-Conference honors from the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.

 

After receiving his bachelorís degree in physical education from BYU in 1993, McCutcheon played professionally for two years in Finland and Japan before returning to BYU to complete his masterís degree in exercise science in 1998. In 1999, McCutcheon received an MBA from BYUís Marriott School of Management.