|Full name||Sean Michael Rooney|
November 13, 1982 |
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)|
|Position||Outside Hitter/ Left Side|
|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).
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. In addition to volleyball, he also played golf and basketball.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Considine, Mike. Rooney close to realizing long-held Olympic dream My Suburban Life (June 26, 2008). Retrieved on August 18, 2008.
- Senior Sean Rooney named AVCA National Player of the Year Pepperdine Athletic Department (May 4, 2005). Retrieved on August 18, 2008.
- Pepperdine rallies to claim national championship Pepperdine Athletic Department (May 7, 2005). Retrieved on August 18, 2008.