Name: David Smith
Position: Middle blocker
Sport: Volleyball
Discipline(s): Volleyball
Height: 6-7 (201cm)
Weight: 200 lbs (90.7kg)
Birthplace: Panorama City, Calif.
Hometown: Saugus, Calif.
High School: Saugus High School (1999-2003)
College: UC Irvine (2007)
Olympic Experience
  • 2016 Olympic Games (Bronze medal)
  • 2012 Olympic Games (5th place)
World Championship Experience
  • 2018 World Championship (Bronze medal)
  • 2014 World Championship (7th place)
  • 2005 U21 World Championship (8th place)
Other Career Highlights
  • Named 2017 USAV Male Indoor Player of the Year
  • 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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  • Helped the U.S. Men win bronze at the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League and the World Championship
  • Led the U.S. Men in blocking in 2017, his first full season as a starter (.53 blocks per set). Helped the U.S. Men win the 2017 NORCECA Championship
  • 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. Daughter Amelie was born in 2018... 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...Majored in civil engineering

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

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