|Born||Richard Edward Lambourne
May 6, 1975
Louisville, Kentucky, United States
|Height||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|Spike||324 cm (128 in)|
|Block||312 cm (123 in)|
|Current team||Fart Kielce|
Richard Edward "Rich" Lambourne (born May 6, 1975) is an American indoor volleyball player. He joined the U.S. men's national team in 2000 as the designated libero. He has recently played for Delecta Bydgoszcz. Lambourne made his Olympic debut at the 2008 Olympics, helping Team USA to a gold medal.
High school and personal life
Lambourne was badly injured during a bike accident when he was 6. He skinned his shoulder to the bone and mangled the right side of his face. He says of the accident, "I could have been much uglier but due to my loving parents and medical science, I am only mostly unattractive".
In 1999, he was the starting outside hitter for the BYU men's volleyball team that won the program's first ever NCAA Men's Volleyball Championship. For the year, he played in 82 games and posted 252 kills, 205 digs, 88 blocks and a .348 hitting percentage.
Lambourne began to play professional volleyball for Lamia, a club from Greece. His next club was Aon hotVolleys Vienna. After that, he went to Noliko Maaseik, then to Polish Mlekpol AZS Olsztyn, than to the Russian Lokomotiv-Belogorie. He represented Polish Delecta Bydgoszcz. As of February 24, 2010 he has been disciplinary released.
- AUT Aon hotVolleys Vienna (2001–2003)
- NED Piet Zoomers Apeldoorn (2003–2004)
- GRC Lamia (2004–2005)
- BEL Noliko Maaseik (2005–2006)
- POL AZS Olsztyn (2006–2008)
- RUS Lokomotiv-Belogorie (2008–2009)
- POL Delecta Bydgoszcz (2009–2010)
- POL Fart Kielce (2011–present)
Recent international competition
- Olympic Games (gold medal)
- FIVB World League (gold medal)
- NORCECA Continental Olympic Qualifying Championship (gold medal)
- FIVB World Cup
- NORCECA Continental Championship (gold medal)
- America's Cup (gold medal)
- FIVB World League (bronze medal)
- NORCECA Continental Championships (gold medal)
- World Grand Champions Cup (silver medal)
- 2006 Pan-American Cup "Best Defender"
- 2007 FIVB World League "Best Libero"
- 2008 FIVB World League "Best Libero"