Hometown: Bountiful, Utah
Birth Year: 1980
Resides: Costa Mesa, Calif.
College: University of Utah
Current Coach: Mike Dodd
Olympic Experience: 2008 Men's Beach Volleyball (5th place), 2012 Olympic Games (5th place)
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INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2012 – Named USA Volleyball Male Beach Volleyball Player of the Year... Jake Gibb and partner Sean Rosenthal finished the season as the FIVB SWATCH World Tour champions with 5,280 points. They finished 100 points ahead of the second-place Brazilian team of Alison Cerutti and Emanuel Rego… Gibb and Rosenthal finished fifth at the 2012 Olympic Games. They went 2-1 in pool play, but still won their pool to advance. In the first round of single elimination, Gibb and Rosenthal defeated Russia’s Konstantin Semenov and Serguei Prokopiev, 21-14, 22-20. In the quarterfinals, they fell to Latvia’s Martins Plavins and Janis Smedins, 19-21, 21-18, 15-11. Gibb was 19th among all Olympic players (second among Americans) with 75 points on 62 kills, 12 blocks and one ace in five matches (11 sets)… Gibb and Rosenthal opened the season at Brazil with a ninth-place finish... Their next two tournaments they earned a fifth-place finish at the Silesia Open and took silver at the Shanghai Grand Slam... Gibb and Rosenthal finished in fourth place at Beijing, playing in their second semifinal match of the year... Their ninth-place finish at Prague gave them a slight advantage over fellow U.S. teammates Matt Fuerbringer and Nick Lucena in the race to qualify for the second roster spot on the U.S. Olympic men's beach team... Gibb and Rosenthal clinched their spot on the Olympic team when they reached the semifinals of the Rome Grand Slam, then won their first Grand Slam gold medal... The win marked the highest career finish for the duo on the FIVB World Tour... At the next Grand Slam in Gstaad, they earned the second career first-place finish... Gibb and Rosenthal took silver in Berlin and bronze in their final match before London in Klagenfurt. 2011 – Gibb and Rosenthal opened the season with a 17th-place finish in Brazil... In Shanghai, China, they played their first FIVB semifinal match since 2009, and won a silver medal... The semifinal appearance ended a 15-event streak of not playing in a semifinal match... The pair finished 17th at the World Championship, but bounced back and placed third at Quebec... Finished the season in a close race with fellow U.S. teammates Matt Fuerbringer and Nick Lucena for the second spot on the U.S. Olympic beach team. 2010 – Jake and partner Sean Rosenthal competed in 10 FIVB events, finishing fifth four times (Prague Open [6/15-20] and FIVB Grand Slams in Gstaad [7/6-11], Klagenfurt [7/27-8/1] and Stare Jablonki [8/3-8])… They also finished ninth three times and 17th three times. The team finished with total winnings of $40,850. 2009 – Jake and Sean played six FIVB international tournaments, with their best finish a third at Myslowice, Poland (5/26-31). They won $24,972... While Sean was injured, Jake partnered with Matt Olsen for the AVP Crocs Tour World Challenge - USA vs. Brazil in Glendale, Ariz. (9/25-27). The U.S. team defeated Brazil. Jake and Matt went 1-3. 2008 – Jake and Sean, ranked seventh, finished the 2008 Olympic Games tied for fifth after losing to Brazil's third-seeded Ricardo Santos and Emanuel Rego, 21-18, 21-16, in the quarterfinals. They finished 4-1. Gibb was eighth among all blockers with 19 blocks in five matches... Jake and Sean competed in eight FIVB events in 2008 as part of the Olympic qualifying process. They won the SWATCH FIVB World Tour event in Prague (May 6-11) but did not reach another podium... They secured the United States' second Olympic berth at the match in Moscow (July 1-6). Although Jake and Sean finished 17th, they accumulated enough points to stay ahead of Matt Fuerbringer and Casey Jennings. Jake and Sean have earned $42,650 on the FIVB tour this year. 2007 – Jake and Sean played in six international events, with fifth being their best finish. They won $26,950; 2006 – Jake and Sean played in six international events, winning one and finishing second twice. They won $53,225; 2005 – Jake and Stein Metzger played in seven FIVB tournaments, finishing second once and third twice. They won $48,375.
DOMESTIC HIGHLIGHTS: 2012 – Prior to the final domestic tournament of the season in Huntington Beach, Jake's partner, Sean Rosenthal announced he would be playing with Phil Dalhausser in 2013... Following the Olympic Games, played in five domestic tournaments, four with Sean Rosenthal. Won the NVL event in Santa Barbara and was second at Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Series event in Huntington Beach. Finished fifth at AVP Cincinnati and Jose Cuervo Manhattan Beach.. Won the NVL Best of the Beach tournament, playing the final match with Nick Lucena. 2011 – Jake and partner Sean Rosenthal finished in second place at the NVL Miami Beach event, and earned a third-place finish at the Miami Pro Beach tournament...The duo took second place at the Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Volleyball Series Hermosa Beach Open. 2010 – Jake and partner Sean Rosenthal played in six AVP events before the tour ceased operations on Aug. 13. Their best finish was second in Santa Barbara (4/29-5/2)… They finished third at Huntington Beach (6/3-6) and long Beach (7/24-25)… They won a total of $22,850… Jake finished the season partnered with Casey Jennings at the "Cincinnati Pro Beach Volleyball Players Championship" on Sept. 3-5 in Cincinnati, Ohio, where they finished third. 2009 – Jake and Sean Rosenthal played in 14 summer AVP tournaments and won one, gaining their first Manhattan Beach Open title as a team (Jake won with Stein Metzger in 2005). The pair also had for second-places and five thirds, good for $101,190. They finished the season ranked fifth. 2008 – Jake and Sean played in 12 summer AVP events and won three of them with three second places and two thirds. They won $96,500. They also won three out of seven Hot Winter Nights tournaments, good for $24,500... They won the AVP Cuervo Tournament and pocketed $12,500. 2007 – Jake and Sean played 17 AVP events, winning two, finishing second seven times and finishing third twice. They won $108,900. 2006 – Jake and Sean played 16 AVP events, winning one - the very first event they played together - finishing second five times and finishing third once. They won $95,650. 2005 – Jake and Stein Metzger played in 14 AVP events, winning four to lead the tour, finishing second three times and placing third five times. They won $110,950. 2004 – Jake and Adam Jewell played in 11 tournaments, winning one, finishing second twice and finishing third four times. They won $46,145. 2003 – Jake played eight AVP events with Ty Loomis and Adam Jewell. He finished third one time with Jewell. His partnerships won him $8,675. 2000-02 – Jake and Mike Daniel played 14 events but did not reach the top 10. They won a total of $825.
PERSONAL: Born Jacob Spiker Gibb in 1980, in Bountiful, Utah... Parents are Lawrence and Saundra Gibb... Jake and his twin brother Coleman are the youngest of 11 children (six boys, five girls)... Jake's wife's name is Jane. They were married in 2000... They have one son, Crosby, who was born in 2011 while Jake was on the road competing... Jake attended Bountiful High School... He graduated from Utah in 2002 with a business degree... His hobbies are playing golf and basketball... Jake didn't start playing volleyball until he turned 21 and formed a beach volleyball team with Coleman... Jake likes to listen to Jack Johnson... His favorite movie is American Beauty... His favorite TV show is Curb Your Enthusiasm... Jake's father is his role model... In 2010, Jake found out he had testicular cancer from a USADA drug test. The cancer was removed via surgery and no further treatment was necessary. Jake is a two-time cancer survivor as he has a scar on his shoulder left from a bout with skin cancer in 2004.
PARTNERS: 2012 – Sean Rosenthal 2011 – Sean Rosenthal 2010 – Sean Rosenthal. 2009 – Sean Rosenthal. 2008 – Sean Rosenthal 2007 – Sean Rosenthal 2006 – Sean Rosenthal. 2005 – Stein Metzger. 2004 – Adam Jewell. 2003 – Adam Jewell/Ty Loomis. 2002 – Mike Daniel. 2001 – Mike Daniel. 2000 – Mike Daniel.
HONORS: 2005 – AVP Most Valuable Player; AVP Team of the Year with Stein Metzger; FIVB Top Rookie. 2004 – AVP Most Improved Player.
Updated August 2012