Russell Holmes (volleyball)

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Russell Holmes
Russell Holmes 2014 03.jpg
Personal information
Full nameRussell Kenneth Holmes
Born (1982-07-01) July 1, 1982 (age 36)
Anaheim, CA, United States
HometownFountain Valley, CA, United States
Height2.05 m (6 ft 9 in)
Weight95 kg (209 lb)
Spike352 cm (139 in)
Block335 cm (132 in)
College(s)Brigham Young University
Volleyball information
PositionMiddle blocker
Current clubParis Volley
Number19 (club), 12 (national team)
BYU Cougars
Hypo Tirol Innsbruck
Jastrzębski Węgiel
Büyükşehir İstanbul
Asseco Resovia Rzeszów
Paris Volley
National team
2009–2015 United States
Last updated: 15 February 2017

Russell Kenneth Holmes (born 1 July 1982) is an American volleyball player, a member of the United States men's national volleyball team and French club Paris Volley, a participant of the Olympic Games London 2012, gold medalist of the 2014 World League and 2015 World Cup, silver medalist of the World League 2012, double Austrian Champion (2009, 2010), Polish Champion (2015).

Personal life[edit]

Holmes was born in Anaheim, California, United States. His parents are Mark and Tamara Holmes. He has an older sister Leah and a younger brother Dane. After graduating from Fountain Valley High School in 2001, he served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 2001–2003 in London, England. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 2008 with a degree in sociology. He is married to Krystal. He has two daughters and son – Sadie Rae (born in June 2007 - from his first marriage), Shea Golden (born on April 27, 2015) and Liam Russell (born on August 10, 2017)



Russell first played for Mets de Guaynabo in the Puerto Rican Liga de Voleibol Superior Masculino in 2008.

In 2008–2010, he played overseas for Austria's Hypo Tirol Innsbruck in the Middle European Volleyball Zone Association (MEVZA), winning the MEVZA Cup in 2009 and the Austrian Cup in 2009 and 2010.

During the winter of 2010–2011, Russell played for Minas Tênis Clube (men's volleyball) in Brazilian Men's Volleyball Superliga. During 2011–13, he played for Poland’s Jastrzębski Węgiel in the PlusLiga and then for Turkey's İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediyesi (volleyball team) (Istanbul BBSK) during the 2013–2014 season in the Turkish Men's Volleyball League. While playing in Istanbul, BBSK reached the Final Four of the CEV Challenge Cup.

In 2014 he returned to PlusLiga, this time playing for Asseco Resovia Rzeszów.[1] In April 2015 he achieved title of Polish Champion with club from Rzeszów.[2]

National team[edit]

Holmes made his Olympic debut with the U.S. national team at Olympic Games 2012 in London, Great Britain.

Sporting achievements[edit]


CEV Champions League[edit]

FIVB Club World Championship[edit]

National championship[edit]

National team[edit]



  1. ^ Russell Holmes w Asseco Resovii – – 05-08-2014
  2. ^ POL M: Madhouse in Rzeszów – Resovia is new Polish champion! – – 28-04-2015

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Preceded by
Poland Piotr Nowakowski
Netherlands Rob Bontje
Best Middle Blocker of
CEV Champions League

ex aequo Argentina Sebastián Solé
Succeeded by
Serbia Marko Podrascanin
Russia Artem Volvich