Hometown: Park Ridge, Ill.
Birth year: 1973
Position: Middle Blocker
Height: 6-6 (198cm)
Weight: 207 lbs (94kg)
College: Long Beach State
Graduate School: Keller Graduate School of Management
Joined Team: September 1996
PERSONAL: Born Thomas John Hoff in 1973 in Chicago, Ill.... Son of Margaret and Richard Hoff... His wife's name is Sandy... Together they are the proud parents of five daughters, Tatum Bella, born in 2003, Ella Aniston, born in 2005, Ava Antonia, born in 2007 and twins Demi and Zoey born in September 2009... Tom also has one brother, Rich, and a sister, Jennifer... Has twin nieces named Sarah and Amanda... Enjoys engineering topics, fish tanks, hiking and mountain biking... Graduated from Long Beach State University in 1996 with a degree in mechanical engineering... In 2002, he was inducted into Long Beach State's Athletics Hall of Fame... In 2006, Tom was added to Long Beach State's men's volleyball Wall of Honor... Became the U.S. Men's team captain in 2005 and quickly found out that the title is not honorary: "It involves a lot more work behind the scenes that people don't know about," Hoff said. "Most of the work is done away from the scenes, behind closed doors"... Following the 2008 Olympics, played the winter of 2008-09 for Olympiacos in Greece... Tom joined the Guaynabo Mets in the Puerto Rico men's league in January of 2010 to help with their playoff run.
MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: 2009 – NORCECA Continental Championship (Silver Medal)... Brazil Tour… FIVB World League. 2008 – Olympic Games (Gold Medal)... FIVB World League (Gold Medal)... NORCECA Continental Olympic Qualifying Championship (Gold Medal). 2007 - FIVB World Cup... NORCECA Continental Championship (Gold Medal)... Americas' Cup (Gold Medal)... FIVB World League (Bronze Medal). 2006 - FIVB World Championships... FIVB World League... 2005 - Argentina Tour... Americas' Cup (Gold Medal)... NORCECA Continental Championships (Gold Medal)... World Grand Champions Cup (Silver Medal). 2004 - NORCECA Olympic Qualifying Tournament (Gold Medal)... Japan Tour... Houston Series... USA Global Challenge (First Place)... Serbia and Montenegro Tour (Second Place)... Olympic Games (Fourth Place). 2003 - Canada Tour... NORCECA Zone Championships (Gold Medal)... World Cup (Fourth Place). 2002 - Florida Tour. 2001 - World League... NORCECA Zone Championships... Jeep America's Cup. 2000 - Americas' Cup... Bulgaria Tour... Continental Cup... Olympic Games... World League. 1999 - Canada Trip... Japan Trip... International Volleyball Challenge... Italy Trip... NORCECA Championship... World Cup. 1998 - Americas' Cup... Canada Cup... France Tournament... NORCECA Zone World Championship Qualifier... USA Champions Cup... World Championships. 1997 - Japan Trip... NORCECA Zone Championships. 1995 - World University Games.
INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2009 – Tom served as the team captain captain at the NORCECA Continental Championships... Tom traveled with a group of newer players and veterans for five “friendly” matches in Brazil. The U.S. team did not win a match… Tom served as team captain and played in two World League pool play matches and one final round match as the U.S. Men placed sixth. 2008 – Tom served as team captain at the 2008 Olympic Games as the U.S. Men won the gold medal. Although he saw limited playing time, Hoff played a key role as team captain when U.S. Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon could not be with the team due to an attack on his in-laws... Served as U.S. team captain for the World League, which the U.S. Men won for the first time. Was 15th among all blockers in the final round with five blocks on 15 attempts... Served as U.S. team captain as the U.S. Men won the NORCECA Continental Olympic Qualifier. 2007 - Tom served as team captain for the FIVB World Cup, NORCECA Continental Championship, Americas' Cup and World League tournaments... He finished the season with 76 kills, 35 scoring blocks and 112 total points in 66 sets played... Scored 12 points in the United States' victory over Bulgaria at the FIVB World Cup... Scored a season-high 14 points on 11 kills and three blocks in Americas' Cup match against Canada. 2006 - Tom acted as team captain at both the FIVB World League and World Championship tournaments...Had 21 scoring blocks and finished the season with 95 points. 2005 - Tom capped the 2005 season as a member of the USA squad that captured the silver medal at the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup in November in Japan... The Americans, who lost to defending Olympic gold medalist Brazil in the first match of the tournament, lost just one set the rest of the way as they defeated Japan (3-1), 2004 Olympic silver medalist Italy (3-0), Egypt (3-0) and China (3-0) en route to their fifth medal in five events this season... The team captain scored 11 points as the USA Men stunned the world's best team when it defeated 2004 Olympic gold medalist Brazil in five sets to win the America's Cup tournament in Brazil on Aug. 7... Scored 10 points as Team USA won its second-straight NORCECA Continental Championship with a four-set victory over Cuba on Sept. 15... The USA Men qualified for the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup with the gold-medal win. 2004 - Tom made his second-straight Olympic appearance in Athens, Greece as the USA Men finished in fourth place... Ranked fifth on the team in scoring in Athens after posting 52 points on 42 kills, nine blocks and one service ace... Team USA qualified for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, by winning the NORCECA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Caguas, Puerto Rico on Jan. 10... The men posted a perfect record of 6-0 en route to the gold medal, which included a come-from-behind, 3-2 win over Cuba in the championship match. 2003 - After two injury-filled seasons (2001 and 2002), Hoff has been relatively injury-free during the 2003 campaign and one of the major reasons the team has advanced to the World Cup... Finished tied for third on the team in blocks (13) and sixth on the team in scoring (71 points on 53 kills, 13 blocks and five service aces) at the World Cup. 2002 - Injuries limited him to just one match during the year... He scored two points on one kill and one block in a five-set loss to Italy on Sept. 21. 2001 - Injuries limited him to just three tournaments during the year... Still finished first in stuff blocks (53) and hitting percentage (.424)... Also was fourth on the team in kills (146)... Had 36 digs and seven service aces... Played professionally with Iraklas in Greece. 2000 - Saw action in every set of the Olympic Games, with 25 kills, 10 blocks and a .421 hitting percentage... Recorded 12 kills, two blocks and a .455 hitting percentage on the Bulgaria Tour... Set out the middle of the year with a bulging disc in his back... Posted 22 kills and a .588 hitting percentage in helping the team qualify for the 2000 Sydney Olympics at the Continental Cup...Played professionally for Toray Volleyball Team in Japan. 1999 - Finished the World Cup with a spectacular .621 hitting percentage along with 92 kills, 20 blocks and three aces... Helped the team claim its first NORCECA Zone Championship since 1985 with 37 kills and a .688 hitting percentage... Named the best middle blocker at the Ninth Annual Ruffini Memorial Tournament where the Americans defeated No. 1 Italy and No. 4 Yugoslavia... Posted 44 kills, 17 blocks and a .443 hitting percentage in 21 games played... Was the team's most consistent offensive weapon on the Australia Trip, posting double-digit kills in all but one match that he started...Matched his career high with 22 kills against Korea... Led the team with 13 blocks and a .467 hitting percentage on the Canada Trip... Added 18 kills and a service ace. 1998 - Posted double-figure kills in all four matches of the China Tour, averaging 4.77 kills and .85 stuff blocks per game along with a .692 hitting percentage... Posted 20 kills and 10 stuff blocks in the Canada Cup semifinal match against Australia... Tallied nine or more kills in 12 of the last 13 matches of the season, including a career-high 22 kills against Russia at the World Championships. 1997 - Joined the team for the NORCECA Zone Championships, posting 39 kills, seven blocks and a .561 attack percentage in six matches...Came on strong on the Japan Tour with 57 kills, 16 blocks and a .472 hitting percentage.
COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: Spent two years at Ohio State before transferring to Long Beach State... Reached 1,000 Kills in fewer matches than any other player at Long Beach State... Ranks No. 5 in career kills (1,230), No. 2 in kills per game (6.54), No. 4 in hitting percentage (.369) and No. 2 in blocks per game (1.65) in LBSU history. 1996 - American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) First-Team All-American... Asics/Volleyball First-Team All-American... First-Team All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF)...AVCA National Player of the Week...Helped team finish 21-6 and 15-4 (second) in the MPSF...Posted 479 kills, 134 blocks and a .389 attack percentage. 1995 - AVCA First-Team All-American...Asics/Volleyball First-Team All-American...First-Team All-MPSF...Posted 751 kills, 176 blocks and a .357 hitting percentage.... Set a national record for most matches with 20 or more kills (25) and 10 or more blocks (nine)... AVCA National Player of the Week. 1994 - Sat out one year of eligibility after transferring from Ohio State. 1993 - First-Team All-Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA)... Guided the Buckeyes to the MIVA conference title and a 28-10 overall record... His 490 kills rank third all-time in Buckeye history... Second Team All American Selection. 1992 - Started as a true freshman, posting 80 total blocks and a .327 hitting percentage.
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