|Birth name||Paul Benedict Sunderland|
March 29, 1952 |
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Sunderland was a three-sport athlete at Notre Dame High in Sherman Oaks, California. He was recruited to play college basketball for the University of Oregon, and competed there for two years before transferring to Loyola Marymount University. At Loyola-Marymount he played both basketball and volleyball. Following his college athletic career, Sunderland went on to join the United States men's national volleyball team, where he competed through the Olympic games of 1984. He was named USA Volleyball player of the year in 1982, and was a member of the Gold Medal winning volleyball team of the 1984 Games in Los Angeles.
Sunderland began his broadcasting career in 1985, following the completion of his playing career. Starting in 1993, Sunderland covered Pac-10 basketball for ESPN. Subsequently Sunderland was hired by NBC to cover a number of sports, including the NBA, WNBA and a variety of Olympic sports. He has covered the Summer Games for NBC since 1992. Sunderland later served as an anchor on the Fox Sports Network. In 2000, Sunderland was named the play-by-play announcer for the Los Angeles Lakers. He was the second announcer ever hired by the team, taking over the job on the retirement of Chick Hearn. While announcing for the Lakers he twice garnered the Emmy Award. He announced for the Lakers through 2005. Since 2005, Sunderland has worked as an announcer for NBC and Universal Sports, covering the Pac-12 in the sports of Basketball, Volleyball, Track and Field and Tennis.
He is married and has two children. He met his wife while playing for the U.S. in Bulgaria at the 1977 World University Games. Maud-Ann Tesch was a two-time national fencing champion from Sweden. She and Sunderland were married in Sweden a year later. They have two children, Natasha and Leif. Leif competes on the tennis team at the University of Virginia.
Sunderland was inducted into the Loyola Marymount Hall of Fame in 1986.
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