Russell Holmes


Hometown: Fountain Valley, Calif.
Birth Year: 1982
Position: Middle Blocker
Height:6-8 (205cm)
Weight: 210 lbs (95kg)
College: BYU ('08, sociology)
Joined Team: 2009

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  • Started all 21 sets of the 2012 Olympic Games and led the team in blocks (.81 per set) and was second among all Olympic players. The U.S. finished fifth.
  • Was a member of the team that won the 2015 FIVB World Cup and qualified for the 2016 Olympic Games
  • Two-time AVCA All-American (first team in 2008) at BYU


  • Helped U.S. Men win the 2014 FIVB World League 
  • Helped team win gold and qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games at the 2012 NORCECA Olympic Qualification Tournament
  • Won the 2015 Polish league title with his club team Asseco Resovia Rzeszow
  • Has also competed professionally in Austria and Brazil
  • Two-time all-MPSF at BYU
  • Won a gold medal at 2001 Boys' Junior National Championships with Long Beach club and was named an all-American
  • Started playing volleyball as a junior at Fountain Valley High School. Also played high school soccer
  • Born Russell Kenneth Holmes in 1982 in Anaheim, Calif.
  • Son of Mark and Tami Holmes. Has a younger brother, Dane, and an older sister, Leah
  • Married Krystal Holmes in 2014 and the pair had daughter Shea Golden in 2015. Russell also has a daughter named Sadie Rae (2007) from a previous marriage.
  • Served a mission for the Church of Latter-day Saints to London, England
  • Is an Eagle Scout
  • Enjoys photography and playing guitar and singing


“My role as a father is something I pride myself on, more than my occupation, more than my hobbies or my job as a volleyball player. If I’m going to be great at anything in this life, I want to be great as a father.”

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