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J. Dee Marinko


Position: Outside hitter
Weight: 225
Hometown/ Current residence: Norman, Okla./ Guthrie, Okla.
Birth year: 1980
College/Major/Grad Year: Oklahoma Panhandle State University; DeVry University, technical business management, 2015
Nature of disability: Below the knee amputee, right leg
Joined the team: 2010


  • Selected 2015 USA Volleyball Male Sitting Player of the Year
  • Won a silver medal at both 2015 and 2011 Parapan American Games

2015 - Parapan American Games (Silver)
2014 - ParaVolley World Championships (10th Place)
2011 - Parapan American Games (Silver); Continental Cup; Sarajevo Open
2010 - Sitting World Championships (10th place)


  • Played two years of football at Panhandle State University
  • After being diagnosed with synovial sarcoma, J. Dee was told there was a 75 percent chance of the cancer coming back if he had the affected parts of his leg removed.
  • The person J. Dee admires most is his mother, Teresa, because, “She has fought and beat cancer, and was with me through my fight with cancer.”
  • The happiest moment of his life was the birth of his sons, Kash (2008) and Liam (2011)
  • J. Dee’s hobbies include golf, hunting and fishing
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