Waves Represent United States in Volleyball at 2012 Olympic Games
July 5, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. – Former Pepperdine men’s volleyball team standout Sean Rooney was named to the U.S. Olympic Men’s Team that will compete at the 2012 Summer Games in London, as announced today by USA Volleyball. In addition, the Waves’ all-time leader in assists, Jonathan Winder, was named an alternate.
Former Pepperdine coaching staff member Gary Sato will serve as an assistant coach under national team head coach Alan Knipe. Current head coach of the Waves, Marv Dunphy is on staff as a consultant coach for the women’s national team.
The U.S. Men are the defending Olympic champions and rank #6 in the world. The team begins play in London on July 29 against Serbia.
Rooney (Wheaton, Ill./Warrenville South HS) was a four-time AVCA All-American for Pepperdine from 2002-05, led the Waves to an NCAA Championship title in 2005 and was subsequently named the AVCA Player of the Year.
The outside hitter was also a member of the national team in 2008, when the United States won the gold medal.
Sato first served as an assistant coach for the U.S. men’s team from 1984-88, including the team that won the 1988 Olympic gold medal in Seoul, South Korea. At Pepperdine, he was the head coach for the women’s volleyball team from 1979 to 1982. He has also won two NCAA National Championships as an assistant and volunteer coach with Pepperdine’s men’s volleyball squads in 1978 and 2005.
Winder (Irvine, Calif./Woodbridge HS) was a member of the Waves from 2005-08. He picked up AVCA All-American honors all four seasons as the starting setter, including 2005 when he was named National Freshman of the Year after the Waves secured the NCAA title.
Dunphy has had his fair share of Olympic experience. He guided the United States to the gold medal at the 1988 Games in Seoul. He served as the technical advisor for the 1996 and 2004 Olympic teams, was as assistant coach for the 2000 Olympic team, and most recently has been on staff as a consultant coach for the past two Olympic cycles.
Since 1984, Pepperdine has produced more U.S. Olympic selections in men’s volleyball than any other school (16), as well as the most players in the starting lineup (nine).
Following the first match on July 29, pool play continues when the United States takes on Germany (July 31), Brazil (Aug. 2), Russia (Aug. 4) and Tunisia (Aug. 6.) The quarterfinals are scheduled for Aug. 8 and the semifinals are slated for Aug. 10. Medals will be awarded following the bronze and gold medal matches on Aug. 12.
For USA Volleyball’s complete announcement, click here.