Name: Josh Smith
Position: Middle Hitter/ OPP
Sport: Sitting Volleyball
Discipline(s): Sitting Volleyball
Height: 6-2
Birthplace: Riverside, Calif.
Hometown: Mesquite, Texas
High School: North Mesquite High School
College: University of Central Oklahoma
Paralympic Experience
  • 2016: Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (8th Place)
Other Career Highlights
  • 2016 – World ParaVolley Intercontinental Cup (6th Place)
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  • Served in the Marine Corp from 2005-2015, serving a tour of duty in Fallujah, Iraq from 2008-09.
  • Right leg was amputated in 2013 following a firearms accident during which a 12-gauge shotgun round hit his leg around the ankle, severing his Achilles tendon, multiple arteries and destroying tissue and ligaments. After doctors gave him a 5 percent chance of full recovery, he decided to have the affected area removed.
  • Named USAV Most Improved Men's Sitting Player for 2016
Personal: Parents are Billy Smith and Kristine Bishop... Brothers are Jeremy Smith and Steven Bishop. Sisters are Juliana Adair and Krystal Bishop... His happiest moment in life was when he met nephew Christian for the first time. He was born while Smith was at the Marine Corps Recruit Training in September, 2005... Admires his grandfather William Smith because, "He showed me what it truly meant to be a great friend, brother, husband and father.