Aaron Russell


Hometown: Ellicott City, Md.
Birth Year: 1993
Position: Outside Hitter
Height: 6-9 (205cm)
Weight: 225 (98kg)
College: Penn State (2011-2015)
Joined Team: 2014

Twitter: @FatRonRussell
Instagram: a_a_ronrussell


  • Was the leading scorer for the U.S. Men in the final three matches of the 2015 FIVB World Cup as the U.S. won and qualified for the 2016 Olympic Games
  • Won a gold medal and was the youngest member of the U.S. Men’s Team for the 2014 NORCECA World Championship Qualifier
  • He was named Best Spiker at the 2014 World Championship Qualifier where he made his national team debut


  • In 2015, won the inaugural Karch Kiraly Award, presented by Off the Block blog, as the best outside attacker in NCAA DI-II men's volleyball.
  • Helped Penn State reach the 2013, 2014 and 2015 NCAA Men’s DI-II National Championship tournaments
  • Named 2014 and 2015 AVCA First Team All-American and 2013, '14 and '15 Uvaldo Acosta Memorial EIVA Player of the Year
  • A member of the 2013 Men’s Junior National Team that competed at the FIVB U21 World Championship
  • A member of the 2011 Boys’ Youth National Team that won a bronze medal at the U19 Pan American Cup; scored a team-best 45 points
  • A member of the 2010 BYNT that finished second at the NORCECA U19 Championship. Russell was named best blocker
  • Was a top soccer player for Centennial High in Ellicott City, Md. The school did not have a volleyball team. He helped the girls’ team train
  • Played club volleyball for the Maryland Volleyball Club under Olympic gold medalist Aldis Berzins. Credits Berzins, Ric Lucas and his father for helping him succeed in the sport
  • Parents are Stewart and Marian Russell. Aaron is the second-oldest of five brothers. The other brothers are Peter (1992), Samuel (1995), Tim (1999) and Paul (2002)
  • Began playing both beach and indoor volleyball in 2008

"There are some similarities. They both move similarly, they follow the same path. Matty played middle in high school, then moved to outside. They both have the ability adapt to whatever role the team needed of them." – Penn State Head Coach Mark Pavlik comparing Aaron Russell and Matt Anderson

Aaron Russell Stands out at World Cup – USA Volleyball
Aaron Russell can’t play high school volleyball – The Washington Post

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