Name: David Smith
Sport: Volleyball
Discipline(s): Volleyball
Position: Middle blocker
Height: 6-7 (201cm)
Weight: 200 lbs (90.7kg)
DOB: 5/15/1985
Birthplace: Panorama City, Calif.
Hometown: Saugus, Calif.
High School: Saugus High School (1999-2003)
College: UC Irvine ('07, civil engineering)
Olympic Experience
  • Won a bronze medal at the 2016 Olympic Games
Other Career Highlights
  • Member of the 2012 Olympic Team
  • Helped the U.S. Men win the 2015 FIVB World Cup and qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games
  • Named 2007 AVCA first team All-American, All-MPSF and NCAA All-Tournament as he helped UC Irvine win its first NCAA National Championship
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  • DID YOU KNOW?
  • Competed at the 2014 FIVB World Championship
  • Helped the U.S. Men win the FIVB World League silver medal in 2012
  • Has competed for clubs in Spain and France and won several league championships with his French team Tours
  • Played on the 2011 Pan American Cup team that took silver
  • Played on the 2010 Pan American Cup team that won gold
  • Won the Best Blocker award at the World Championship Qualifier on Aug. 15-17 in Irvine, Calif., as the U.S. Men won the event
  • Played on U.S. Men’s Team that won the bronze medal at the World University Games in Bangkok, Thailand
  • Played on the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team that finished eighth in the 2005 FIVB Men's U-21 World Volleyball Championships in Andhra Pradesh, India
  • Helped the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team to a second place finish at the 2004 NORCECA Junior Men’s Volleyball Championship in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  • Attended Saugus High School (1999-2003) where he played both volleyball and soccer
Personal: Born David Smith in 1985 in Panorama City, Calif... Parents are Rick and Nancy... Has an older brother, Robert, and a younger sister, Kristen... David married wife, Kelli in 2008. Son Cohen was born in 2012... David was born with mild-to-severe hearing loss. He wears hearing aids to assist him on and off the court. He also reads lips... Mexican is his favorite food... The Bible is his favorite book... Favorite bands are Supertones and Switchfoot... Enjoys music, golf, watching sports and hanging out with his family... Admires his parents for their unwavering support and love
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The Quote
"I think especially with the men's game, people just assume that the person who hits that ball the hardest gets the most points. There is so much technique and finesse woven in the fabric of the game and there are so many ways to score points without trying to put a hole in the floor." - David Smith on NBCOlympics.com

Related Links
Q&A with USA Volleyball's David Smith
- NBCOlympics.com
U.S. Men's Volleyball Team Shines as a True Unit - TeamUSA.org
SoCal Olympian Blocks Doubt, Makes it to London - NBC Los Angeles