USAV Reveals 2018 Boys' Youth Training Team

By B.J. Hoeptner Evans (bj.evans@usav.org) | May 14, 2018, 6:33 p.m. (ET)
Boys' Youth National Team huddles during the 2017 FIVB World Championship
The 2017 Boys' Youth National Team competed at the FIVB World Championship 

 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 10, 2018) – USA Volleyball has announced the 20 players and full staff that will comprise the 2018 U.S. Boys’ Youth National Training Team.

The Boys’ Youth National Team will compete at the NORCECA U19 Continental Championship on June 6-10 in Costa Rica. The championship will be a qualifier for the 2019 FIVB U19 World Championship.

The Boys’ Youth National Training Team will train at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs on May 25-June 4. The roster will be cut to 12 before the team heads to Costa Rica.

UCLA men’s volleyball assistant coach Brad Keller will serve as the team’s head coach. Long Beach State Associate Head Coach Nick MacRae will serve as one of Keller’s assistant while Penn State Associate Head Coach Colin McMillan will be the other. Kevin Burch, men’s volleyball assistant coach for The Ohio State University, will be the technical coordinator.

“This program has become a great platform for both athletes and coaches to develop their skills domestically and internationally,” Keller said. “I am eager to work with this incredible group of young men who have been trained very well by USA Select coaching staff for the past two summers.  It has been a humbling experience to wear the red, white, and blue, an honor that I will continue to respect at the highest level.”

Players from the Southern California region dominate the youth training team. There is one player each from the Badger, Carolina, Florida, Western Empire, Great Lakes and Lone Star regions.

In 2017, the boys' youth team finished 15th at the FIVB Boys' U19 World Championship in Bahrain. In 2016, it finished second at the NORCECA U19 Championship in Havana, Cuba.

2018 U.S. Boys’ Junior National Training Team

Name (Pos., Height, Hometown, Region)
Mason Briggs (L, 5-11, Valencia, Calif., So Cal)
Adam Chang (MB, 6-5, San Diego, Calif., So Cal)
Joseph Deluzio (OH, 6-6, Windermere, Fla., Florida)
Nathaniel Gates (MB, 6-8, La Jolla, Calif., So Cal)
Clarke Godbold (Opp, 6-5, San Pedro, Calif., So Cal)
James Hartley (OH, 6-6, Waxhaw, N.C., Carolina)
Ethan Hill (MB, 6-7, San Clemente, Calif., So Cal)
Gavin Julien (MB, 6-8, Whitefish Bay, Wis., Badger)
Joseph Karlous (S, 6-0, Costa Mesa, Calif., So Cal)
Kevin Kauling (S, 6-8, Naperville, Ill., Great Lakes)
Alex Knight (OH, 6-6, Culver City, Calif., So Cal)
Aidan Knipe (S, 6-2, Huntington Beach, Calif., So Cal)
Nathan Lietzke (S, 6-4, Austin, Texas, Lone Star)
Cole Power (L, 5-10, Huntington Beach, Calif., So Cal)
Sebastian Rodriguez (OH, 6-4, Hermosa Beach, Calif., So Cal)
Ethan Smith (MB, 6-7, Laguna Niguel, Calif., So Cal)
Scott Solan (Opp, 6-8, Las Vegas, Nev., So Cal)
Kyle Vom Steeg (Opp, 6-7, Laguna Niguel, Calif., So Cal)
Zachary Schneider (OH, 6-6, Lockport, N.Y., Western Empire)
Akhil Tangutur (OH, 6-4, Pacific Palisades, Calif., So Cal)

Head Coach: Brad Keller (UCLA men’s volleyball assistant coach)
Assistant Coach: Nick MacRae (Long Beach State men’s volleyball associate head coach)
Assistant Coach: Colin McMillan (Penn State men’s volleyball associate head coach)
Technical Coordinator: Kevin Burch (The Ohio State University men’s volleyball assistant coach)