Name: J. Dee Marinko
Sport: Sitting Volleyball
Discipline(s): Sitting Volleyball
Position: Outside Hitter
Height: 6-4
Birthplace: Norman, Okla.
Hometown: Newcastle, Okla.
High School: Newcastle High School
College: Panhandle State University; DeVry University
Paralympic Experience
  • 2016: Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (8th place)
World Championship Experience
  • 2018: World ParaVolley World Championships (8th Place)
  • 2014: World ParaVolley World Championships (10th place)
  • 2010: WOVD World Championships (10th Place)
Other Career Highlights
  • 2019: Parapan American Games (Silver)
  • 2015: USA Volleyball Male Sitting Player of the Year
  • 2015: Parapan American Games (Silver)
  • 2011: Parapan American Games(Silver); Continental Cup; Sarajevo Open
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  • DID YOU KNOW
  • J.Dee is below the knee amputee on his right leg
  • After being diagnosed with synovial sarcoma, J. Dee was told there was a 75 percent chance of the cancer coming back if he did have the affected parts of his leg removed.
  • Played two years of football at Panhandle State University
Personal: Parents are Joe Marinko and Teresa McShane... Brothers are John Marinko and Zac Boydstun; Sisters are Joy Harold, Tina Bishop and Valerir Powell. J.Dee is the youngest of the family...The happiest moment of his life was the birth of his sons, Kash (2008) and Liam (2011)...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.”... J. Dee’s hobbies include golf, hunting and fishing