Sean Rooney

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Sean Rooney
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Personal information
Full name Sean Michael Rooney
Born (1982-11-13) November 13, 1982 (age 35)
Wheaton, Illinois, United States
Height 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in)
Weight 100 kg (220 lb)
Spike 354 cm (139 in)
Block 336 cm (132 in)
Volleyball information
Position Outside Hitter
National team
2007– United States
Last updated: December 28, 2014

Sean Michael Rooney (born November 13, 1982) is an American volleyball player, a member of American national team, a gold medalist of the Olympic Games 2008 Beijing and FIVB World League (2008, 2014).

Early life[edit]

Rooney was born in Wheaton, Illinois. He attended Wheaton Warrenville South High School and was named the 2001 Illinois State Co-Player of the Year (Greg Pochopien – Carl Sandburg High School) and led the team to the state championship.[1] In addition to volleyball, he also played golf and basketball.


Rooney attended Pepperdine in Malibu, California, where he graduated in 2005 with a degree in business administration.

During his NCAA career, he was a four-time American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-American. By the end of his career, he ranked second nationally among NCAA Division I-II players in points per game, as he had 6.35 in 2005. He was named the 2005 Division I-II National Player of the Year.[2]

In 2005, he led Pepperdine to the NCAA Men's Volleyball Championship, as they defeated UCLA on the Bruins' home floor in five sets. It was the first time in 35 years UCLA lost at home during the NCAA tournament. Rooney was named the Most Valuable Player of the Final Four.[3]


During the winters of 2006 and 2007, Rooney played for the Cheonan Hyundai Capital Skywalkers in the South Korean League, where he garnered Most Valuable Player awards after leading the team to two consecutive Korean League titles.[1]

In the 2007–08 season, he played for Dinamo-Yantar in Kaliningrad, Russia.[1]

In the 2008–09 season, Rooney played with Fakel Novy Urengoy volleyball club based in Russia.


Rooney briefly joined the AVP beach volleyball tour, where he played in 2005 and 2006. His highest placing was fifth, which he achieved three times.

National team[edit]


In 2008, Rooney was named “Best Spiker” of the NORCECA Continental Olympic Qualifying tournament on January 6–11 in Caguas, Puerto Rico. He finished the tournament with 46 points on 43 kills and three blocks. The U.S. men won the tournament and qualified for the 2008 Olympic Games.

In 2007, Rooney was named the Most Valuable Player of the U.S. men's match against Egypt at the FIVB World Cup. Rooney scored 18 points on 15 kills, two blocks and one ace as the United States won in straight sets.


Rooney made his Olympic debut at the 2008 Summer Olympics, helping Team USA to a gold medal. He also was on the 2012 Olympic team.


  1. ^ a b c Considine, Mike. Rooney close to realizing long-held Olympic dream Archived July 6, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. My Suburban Life (June 26, 2008). Retrieved on August 18, 2008.
  2. ^ Senior Sean Rooney named AVCA National Player of the Year[permanent dead link] Pepperdine Athletic Department (May 4, 2005). Retrieved on August 18, 2008.
  3. ^ Pepperdine rallies to claim national championship[permanent dead link] Pepperdine Athletic Department (May 7, 2005). Retrieved on August 18, 2008.

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