J. Dee Marinko

Volleyball

Hometown: New Castle, Okla.
Height: 6-4
Weight: 240
College: Panhandle State (two years)

MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: 2011-  Parapan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico (silver)... Competed in July in the 2011 Continental Cup in Kettering, England… Competed in May with the U.S. Men’s Sitting Team in the Sarajevo Open in Bosnia-Herzegovina. J. Dee was part of the team that competed in two exhibition matches against Canada in a joint training camp that won both matches. 2010- Helped the U.S. Men's Sitting Team to 10th place at Sitting World Championships in Oklahoma.

INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2011 - J. Dee competed with the U.S. men's team that finished eighth at the 2011 Continental Cup in Kettering, England. 2010 – J. Dee appeared in seven sets at the Sitting World Championships and tallied 4 kills, 0.57 per set.

PERSONAL: Born J. Dee Marinko in Norman, Okla. … Parents are Joe Marinko and Teresa McShane… J. Dee is the youngest of seven children… J. Dee married wife Courtney in 2007… Son Kash was born in 2008… J. Dee also has a son named Nolan Lanteros born in 1996… J. Dee attended Newcastle High School in Newcastle, Okla., from 1996-99… J. Dee played basketball, football and golf in high school… He played two years of football at Panhandle State University in Goodwell, Okla. … In 2009 he felt a sharp pain in his left foot. After ignoring it for a time, he saw a podiatrist who removed a cyst. J. Dee was diagnosed with synovial sarcoma cancer in his leg. He was told there was a 75 percent chance of the cancer coming back if he had the affected parts of his leg removed. There would be a much greater chance for survival if he had the leg removed… J. Dee works at Tinker Air Force Base... J. Dee’s favorite food is steak…. His favorite professional athlete is Michael Jordan… His favorite professional team is the San Francisco 49ers… His favorite music is country… His happiest moment in life was the birth of his son, Kash.

Updated Sept. 14, 2011

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