Hometown: Redondo Beach, Calif.
Birth Year: 1980
Resides: Corona Del Mar, Calif.
Height: 6-3
Current Coach: Mike Dodd
Olympic Experience: 2008 men's beach volleyball (5th place), 2012 men's beach volleyball (5th place)
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  • Finished fifth at two Olympic Games, 2012 and 08 with Jake Gibb
  • Won three FIVB Grand Slams with partner Phil Dalhausser in 2014
  • Has medaled in 20 FIVB events, his 10 first-place finishes rank him 16th overall at the conclusion of 2014


  • With Jeremy Casebeer, duo finished 33rd at the Porec Major and 25th in Gstaad
  • On the 2016 AVP Tour, placed ninth in New Orleans with Theo Brunner and second with Jeremy Casebeer in New York
  • Opened the 2016 FIVB World Tour with a 17th place finish at the Maceio Open with Brunner; followed with 25th at the Rio Grand Slam and 17th in Vitoria, Brazil
  • Finished 17th with Theo Brunner at the 2015 FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam, their first World Tour event together and 25th at the Olsztyn Grand Slam and Xiamen Open
  • Opened the 2015 AVP Tour finishing second at the New Orleans Open and the FIVB World Tour tying for 25th in Moscow, Dalhausser withdrew afterward due to an oblique injury. Duo withdrew from the FIVB Beach World Championships, of which they were seeded second
  • With Dalhausser out after Moscow, Rosenthal partnered with Stafford Slick and placed 17th at the Porec Major Series, 25th at the Stavanger Major and 17th at the St. Petersburg Grand Slam
  • Returned to the World Tour with Dalhausser at the Yokohama Grand Slam, finishing ninth
  • With partner Phil Dalhausser, was one of four men's teams to play in Melhores do Mundo, USA vs Brazil in Rio de Janeiro in late February 2015.
  • In 2014, with partner Phil Dalhausser he reached the finals in four 2014 FIVB Grand Slam tournaments, winning gold in three (Stavanger, Gstaad, Long Beach), silver at The Hague and bronze in Moscow.
  • Domestically in 2014, duo won the Manhattan Beach Open, took second at the AVP Milwaukee and third in St. Petersburg.
  • In their first season as a team, 2013, Rosenthal and Phil Dalhausser won the FIVB Fuxhou Open in China and the Grand Slams in Rome and Long Beach, Calif. They finished second at the Sao Paulo Grand Slam. 
  • On the AVP Tour in 2013 with new partner Phil Dalhausser, duo won in Salt Lake City, finished second in Manhattan Beach and Atlantic City and third in Cincinnati and St. Petersburg.
  • Sean Rosenthal and partner Jake Gibb finished the 2012 season as the FIVB SWATCH World Tour champions with 5,280 points. On the AVP Tour they finished second in Hutington.
  • Sean surpassed the $1 million in career earnings in 2012.
  • At the 2012 Olympics, Gibb and Rosenthal won their pool with a 2-1 record. Defeated Russia’s Konstantin Semenov and Serguei Prokopiev, 21-14, 22-20 in the first round. Fell to Latvia’s Martins Plavins and Janis Smedins, 19-21, 21-18, 15-11 in the quarterfinals. 
  • With Gibb, won their first Grand Slam victory in 2012 in Rome, marking the highest career finish for the duo on the FIVB World Tour. Second career FIVB Grand Slam gold came in Gstaad, Switzerland. Duo then took silver in Berlin and bronze in Klagenfurt before heading straight to London for the Olympic Games. 
  • Had success with Gibb on the 2012 AVP Tour, winning in Santa Barbara and finishing fifth in Cincinnati and Jose Cuervo in Manhattan Beach.
  • Played in first semifinal match as a team (2011) with Gibb since 2009, and walked away with a silver medal at Shanghai. 
  • Also in 2011, finished 17th at the World Championship, but bounced back and placed third at Quebec. 
  • With partner Jake Gibb in 2010, competed in 10 FIVB events, finishing fifth four times (Prague, Gstaad, Klagenfurt and Stare Jablonki). They also finished ninth three times and 17th three times. 
  • Competed in six FIVB World Tour events with Gibb in 2009, their best finish a third place in Myslowice, Poland. They placed ninth at the World Championship. 
  • Sean and Gibb won their first Manhattan Beach Open title as a team in 2009 and had four second places and five thirds on the AVP Tour.
  • With Jake Gibb, 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 with a record of 4-1. Sean was fourth among all diggers in the tournament with 38 digs in five matches. He was 12th among hitters with 73 kills. 
  • In 2008, Sean and partner Jake Gibb competed in eight FIVB events as part of the Olympic qualifying process. They won the SWATCH FIVB World Tour event in Prague but did not reach another podium. They secured the United States' second Olympic berth at the match in Moscow (July 1-6). Won three AVP events.
  • Between 2006-07 with Jake Gibb, played in 12 international events, winning one and finishing second twice in 06. Played in 33 AVP events during same time frame, winning three.
  • With Larry Witt, between 2003-05, played in 35 tournaments, winning two and placing second three times and third seven times.
  • At age 16, made pro beach debut in Hermosa Beach with Sean Smith, finishing 49th.
  • Sean's nickname is Superman
    2015 – Phil Dalhausser, Theo Brunner
    2014 – Phil Dalhausser
    2013 – Phil Dalhausser
    2006-12 – Jake Gibb
    2003-05 – Larry Witt
    2002 – Mark Williams
    2001 – Casey Jennings/Jeff Carlucci/Mark Williams
    2000 – Jeff Carlucci
    1997 – Sean Smith

    FIVB Most Outstanding Player (2012)
    FIVB Team of the Year (2012 Jake Gibb)
    FIVB Tour Champion (2012 Jake Gibb)
    FIVB Top Rookie (2006)
    AVP Best Defensive Player (2007)
    AVP Best Server (2002)

    Updated July, 2016