Name: Theo Brunner
Sport: Volleyball
Discipline(s): Beach Volleyball
Height: 6-8
Birthplace: Palo Alto
Hometown: Ridgefield, Conn.
High School: Ridgefield High School
College: UC Santa Barbara ('08, philosophy)
Team/Club: Connecticut Juniors
World Championship Experience
  • 2017 World Championships (tied for 17th with Casey Patterson)
  • 2015 World Championships (4th with Nick Lucena)
Other Career Highlights
  • Has three international career gold, all on the NORCECA Continental Tour
  • Placed fourth at the 2015 Beach World Championships with Nick Lucena, lost the bronze medal match to Brazil
  • Won his first FIVB medal when he took bronze with Todd Rogers at the 2014 Long Beach Grand Slam
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  • Competed in eight FIVB events in 2018 with John Hyden. Their best finishes were fifth in Fort Lauderdale and Huntington Beach
  • Competed in five 2018 AVP events with John Hyden. Won Hermosa Beach and finished third at Manhattan Beach, Seattle and New York
  • With Casey Patterson, best finishes of 2017 included one fourth, and fifth place finish on the FIVB World Tour; earned two third-place finishes on the domestic AVP Tour
  • With Sean Rosenthal between 2015-16, had six top 25 finishes on the FIVB Tour
  • At the end of 2016 Olympic qualification, with Lucena duo ranked 32nd despite their split after eight events in 2015, had five top five finishes and a bronze during that time
  • Played with Rogers and John Mayer on the 2014 FIVB Tour, top finishes were a bronze and a fourth place
  • On the NORCECA Continental Tour, from 2013-2016 has three gold medals, two with Olympian Todd Rogers
  • Won a gold medal with Nick Lucena at the 2013 NORCECA Tour event in Chula Vista, Calif., one month after his international debut on NORCECA in Puerto Rico
  • On the AVP Tour from 2006-2016 has two gold, from 2016 and 2013; three silver and five bronze
  • First competed in beach volleyball in 2006 on the domestic AVP Tour, but didn't start playing full time until 2013
  • Played indoors professionally in Greece, Italy and Germany
  • Was a member of the indoor U.S. Men's A2 Team that won the 2010 Pan American Cup in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Was a member of the indoor U.S. Men’s Junior National Team that finished eighth at the FIVB World Championship in Visakhapatnam, India. Was the second-leading blocker for the U.S.
  • Started at UC Santa Barbara in 2004, but red-shirted his freshman year; was a AVCA First Team All-American, First Team All MPSF, Second Team All-MPSF in his carrer
  • Began playing volleyball in 2000 with Connecticut Juniors and at Ridgefield High School
  • Played setter and middle blocker at Ridgefield High School and earned First Team All-FCIAC and First Team All-State honors after leading the Tigers to the 2003 Connecticut Class L State Championship
  • Was a three-year letterwinner in basketball in high school
Personal: Married Ioanna Klironomou in 2015... Graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 2008 with a BA in philosophy... Parents are Tim and Sally Brunner. Has an older brother, Max, an older sister, Emily, and a younger sister, Lydia
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