Height: 6-8 (175cm)
Weight: 250 pounds (113kg)
Hometown: San Clemente, Calif.
Birth Date: September, 1977
Joined Team: January 2001
PERSONAL: Born Richard Brandon Taliaferro on Sept. 28, 1977 in California... Parents are Bill and Karen Metzger... Married for four years to wife, Heidi... Has two children, Mia Rose, 2.5, and Trent, 1... Brandon has two brothers, Karl and Arik and two sisters, Kristina, Lauren... Brandon was a four-year varsity volleyball letterman for Coach Mike Hurlbutt at San Clemente High... Four-time first-team All-American, three-time All-CIF and all-league selection... Led San Clemente to the 1995 CIF finals... Two-time Jr. Olympics gold medalist (1995 and '96)... 1996 Los Angeles Times Orange County Player of the Year... Member of the U.S. Jr. National Team... Brandon quit volleyball in 2003 due to chronic lower back pain. He bought A to Z Leak Detection in 2004 and still runs the company (www.atozleakdetection.com)... Credits the Egoscue Method for relieving his lower back pain and allowing him to return to the U.S. National Team when it moved to Anaheim, Calif., in the spring of 2005... Has played beach volleyball on the AVP and FIVB tours... Brandon has also worn No. 4 during his time with the National Team.
MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: 2008 - FIVB World League (Gold Medal)... Four Nations' Tournament (Gold Medal). 2007 - Pan American Games (Silver Medal)... FIVB World League (Bronze Medal). 2006 - FIVB World Championships. 2001 - World League... Americas' Cup. 1999 - Pan American Games... World University Games. 1997 - World University Games.
INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2008 - Was an alternate for the Olympic team... Helped U.S. Men win the FIVB World League gold medal... Helped U.S. Men win the Four Nations' Tournament in Liepzig, Germany. 2007 - Taliaferro helped the U.S. Men win the silver medal at the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil... Taliaferro started the first seven U.S. matches at World League before moving to the backup role. In World League pool play, he was credited with 156 running sets, 374 still sets and two faults for 532 attempts and an average of 3.47 per set. 2006 - At the World Championships, Taliaferro played in three sets during a five-set loss to France in the first round... Played three sets in a five-set loss to Germany in the final round... Also subbed briefly during a five-set victory over Canada.
COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: 2000 - Earned First Team AVCA and Asics Volleyball Magazine All-America honors...Also voted to the All-MPSF First Team...2000 Volleyball Magazine Player of the Year...Led UCLA to the NCAA National Championship...Named the championship Most Outstanding Player and named to the All-Tournament Team...Named UCLA Player of the Year...Holds the UCLA individual career record for most set assists with 6,840. 1999 - Earned First Team AVCA and Asics Volleyball Magazine All-America honors...Also voted to the All-MPSF First Team...Ranked second in the league with an ace average of 0.58 per game...Led the Bruins with 50 total aces...His 117 career aces ranks third on the UCLA charts...Served a season high of five aces at UCSB (2/19)...Also recorded seven matches of four aces...Dug a season best of 17 balls vs. LMU (4/9)...Ranked 12th nationally with an assist average of 16.6 per game...Ranks second on the UCLA career charts with 5,040 assists, 118 behind Stein Metzger...Recorded a season high of 97 assists vs. LBS (3/3)...Recorded a career best 10 blocks vs. LMU (1/30)...Missed several matches and parts of others because of a stomach ailment. 1998 - Led UCLA to an NCAA National Championship...Earned First Team AVCA and Asics Volleyball All-America honors...Also named First Team All-MPSF...Earned AVCA and MPSF Player of the Week (4/13) after recording his first career triple-double (71 ast, 13 digs, 11 kills) vs. Pepperdine (4/10)...Recorded 1,848 set assists, breaking the single season UCLA record...Ranked seventh nationally with a 17.6 assist average and second in league at 17.7...Set a single match UCLA record with 110 assists in the NCAA semifinal vs. Lewis...Ranked first in MPSF serving with 37 aces...His .578 league ace average ranked second...He ranked fourth nationally with an overall average of .486...His 51 aces for the season ranks third on the single season UCLA charts...Served a career high six aces vs. UCI (2/26), tying the single match school record. 1997 - Earned MPSF and Volleyball Freshman of the Year honors...Also named AVCA Second Team All-American and Third Team All-MPSF...Set a UCLA freshman record of 1,707 set assists, just 89 shy of the school single season record...Broke Stein Metzger's 1995 single match set assists record of 95 with 99 vs. BYU (3/27)...Recorded 80 or more set assists in five other matches, including a match of 92 vs. Lewis (3/4)... Recorded a career-best 12 kills and three block solos vs. BYU (3/27) among seven total blocks...Dug a career best 20 balls vs. UCSB (1/31) and ranked second on the team with 222 total digs and a 2.06 dpg average.