Under coach Alan Knipe, the United States finished 2011 with a win-loss record of 26-15. The team advanced to the World League Finals, where it placed seventh before finishing second at the NORCECA Continental Championship and third at the London Invitational Olympic Games Test Event.
Overall, the team has a record of 56-28 since Knipe took over as coach in 2009
Losing key players to injuries and family issues hurt the team, which had one of their best ever seasons in 2008 when they won the FIVB World League and Olympic gold in Beijing. The US had been looking to return to the greatness it experienced in the 1980s and 90s when it won two Olympic gold medals (1984 and 1988) and a bronze (1992), as well as the FIVB World Cup (1985) and FIVB World Championship (1986). A third-place finish in the 2007 FIVB World League and fourth place at the 2007 FIVB World Cup led the team to believe it was on the verge of greater things.
The two-time World Cup medallists opened their 2008 campaign by winning the NORCECA Olympic qualifying tournament without dropping a set. In the final round of the 2008 World League, the US beat Serbia against all odds to take gold. They followed this up with a gold-medal win over Brazil at the Beijing Olympics. Now on the back of a rebuilding phase, one looks to see if the US can repeat 2008 with another well timed run aimed at the Olympic Games, starting with the World League.