Hometown: Costa Mesa, Calif.
Birth Year: 1974
Resides: Costa Mesa, Calif.
College: Stanford University
Olympic Experience: None
Web Site: MattFuerbringer.com
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INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2012 – Fuerbringer and Nick Lucena opened the season with a second-place finish at the FIVB World Tour stop in Brazil... However the team did not reach the podium in their next 10 FIVB events and finished third among the three U.S. beach teams competing for two Olympic slots... The team finished fourth at the Grand Slam in Rome, where Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal won the tournament and won the second Olympic qualification slot... Fuerbringer and Lucena won $60,000 for the season. 2011 – Matt competed on the FIVB World Tour with partner Nick Lucena in 14 events... Their best finishes were a second in Quebec and a fourth in Adagir, Morocco... Their combined winnings were $54,275... They finished the season ranked ninth on the World Tour... They went into 2012 as the second-ranked U.S. men's team in Olympic qualifying points, leading Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal by 60 points. 2010 – Matt competed on the FIVB World Tour with Nick Lucena in nine events. Their best finish was second at the Grand Slam in Klagenfurt, Austria (7/27-8/1) where they lost to compatriots Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers in the final. The pair placed third in the final event in The Hague, Netherlands (8/24-29). The finished the season with $49,775 in winnings. 2009 – Matt competed in nine FIVB World Tour events, eight with Casey Jennings and the final one with John Mayer… Matt’s best finish was second with Casey Jennings in Myslowice, Poland… Matt and Casey Jennings finished fifth at the FIVB World Championship in Stavanger, Norway (6/26-7/5)… Matt’s teams won $35,200 and finished the season ranked 31st. 2008 – Matt and Casey Jennings made a strong run at Olympic qualification, competing in eight SWATCH FIVB World Tour events. Their best finish was third in Zagreb, Croatia (5/20-25)… Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal ended up securing the second Olympic slot (behind Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers) at the event in Moscow… Matt and Casey earned $35,350 and finished the season ranked 33rd. 2007 – Matt competed in five FIVB World Tour events, four with Sean Scott and one with Casey Jennings… His best finish was 17th, which he achieved three times; twice with Sean Scott and once with Casey Jennings… His teams won $7,550 and finished the season ranked 100th. 2006 – Matt competed in five FIVB World Tour events with Casey Jennings… Their best finish was 13th in Gstaad, Switzerland… They won $3,250 and finished the season ranked 117th. 2004 – Competed in six SWATCH FIVB World Tour events with three different partners, Casey Jennings, Canyon Ceman and Stein Metzger… His best finish was ninth in Gstaad with Canyon Ceman… His teams earned $4,375 and finished the season ranked 99th. 2003 – Matt competed in six SWATCH FIVB World Tour events with Casey Jennings… Their best finish was ninth in Marseille, France… The won $9,750 and finished the season ranked 64th.
DOMESTIC HIGHLIGHTS: 2012 – Fuerbringer competed in four domestic tournaments with Lucena, finishing second at the AVP event in Cincinnati and third at AVP Santa Barbara. They were also third at the Manhattan Beach Open and fifth at the Huntington Beach Open... Fuerbringer placed second at the NVL Best of the Beach event in Las Vegas... Fuerbringer and Lucena won $17,250 for the season. 2011 – Fuerbringer and Nick Lucena competed in two Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Series events, finishing second in Miami and third in Hermosa Beach... They finished third at the Corona Light Wide Open event in Cincinnati and finished the season with $12,175 in domestic winnings. 2010 – Fuerbringer and Nick Lucena competed in seven AVP events before the tour ceased operations on Aug. 13... They finished first at Virginina Beach, tied for second in Fort Lauderdale (their final against Dalhausser and Rogers was not played due to rain) and third in Huntington Beach... Their combined winnings totaled $28,475.
COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: Fuerbringer was a four-time AVCA All-American, Freshman of the Year, Outstanding Senior Athlete and was a member of the 1997 NCAA National Championship team. His final block sealed the only NCAA title for Stanford, on a team that included Mike Lambert and Andy Witt
INDOOR HIGHLIGHTS: Fuerbringer attended Estancia High School in Costa Mesa, Calif., where he played volleyball and basketball… Helped Estancia to win the state basketball championship in 1991… Was the Pacific Coast League Male Athlete of the Year in 1992, All-CIF first team in 1991 and ’92 and All-CIF in volleyball in ’92… He graduated from Estancia in 1992 and went to Stanford University, graduating in 1997 with a degree in American studies… Fuerbringer spent five years playing indoors in Spain.
PERSONAL: Born Matthew Otto Fuerbringer in 1974 in Toronto, Canada… Parents are Peter and Jo Ann Fuerbringer… Has a sister named Samantha Stark… Married to Joy McKienzie-Fuerbringer, who helped Long Beach State to three NCAA Division I semifinal appearances between 1990 and 1994, and played professionally both indoor and on the beach and went on to coach for the Mizuno Volleyball Club. In 2010 she was named an assistant coach for the UCLA women’s volleyball team… Matt and Joy have a daughter named Charlie, born in 2006, and a younger son named Mateo… Joy’s brother, David McKienzie, played on the 2012 U.S. Olympic men's volleyball team… Speaks fluent Spanish… Enjoys surfing, coaching and listening to music… In 2009, the Fuerbringers opened The MAC Athletic Club, a 18,000 square foot facility in Carson, Calif. It has three volleyball courts, a 2000 square foot weight room, Mizuno apparel store and a cafe... In 2013, Fuerbringer served as the volunteer assistant coach for the UCLA men's volleyball team.
HONORS: 2003 – AVP Rookie of the Year.
PARTNERS: 2012 – Nick Lucena. 2011 – Nick Lucena. 2010 – Nick Lucena. 2009 – John Mayer, Billy Allen, Reid Priddy, Casey Jennings, Stein Metzger. 2008 – Casey Jennings. 2007 – Casey Jennings, Sean Scott. 2006 – Casey Jennings. 2005 – Casey Jennings. 2004 – Stein Metzger, Canyon Ceman, Casey Jennings. 2003 – Casey Jennings. 2002 – Brandon Taliaferro. 2001 – David Swatik, Paul Baxter, Mark Williams, Mark Lyles. 2000 – Jason Ring, Casey Jennings, Reid Priddy. 1999 – Alika Williams.
Updated October 2012
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April 08, 2013
Kerri Walsh Jennings has a daughter and find out what U.S. teams will be competing in FIVB events
U.S. Beach Volleyball Update: New Attitude
Feb. 21, 2013
Nick Lucena improves his outlook and international schedules are released
U.S. Beach Volleyball Update: Drive to Win
Feb. 15, 2013
Matt Fuerbringer stays busy during his winter break plus other U.S. beach volleyball news
End of Summer Not the End of Beach Volleyball
Sept. 22, 2012
Some teams competing at the Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Volleyball Series National Championships will continue their seasons next weekend in Chula Vista, Calif.
Olympians Win NVL Best of Beach Titles
Sept. 16, 2012
April Ross and Jake Gibb win Best of the Beach titles at the NVL event in Las Vegas
Kessy, Ross Come Through in Cincinnati
Sept. 02, 2012
Jen Kessy and Apri Ross defeat Kerri Walsh and Nicole Branagh in the final of the AVP Tour event in Cincinnati.