Todd Rogers


Todd Rogers

Beach Volleyball player infobox


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fullname= Todd Jonathan Rogers
nickname= The Professor
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currentteammate= Phil Dalhausser
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Todd Jonathan Rogers (born September 30, 1973) is an American professional beach volleyball player. He and his partner, Phil Dalhausser, are the 2007 AVP Tour champions and the reigning FIVB world champions.

Rogers and Dalhausser are also the gold medalists in beach volleyball at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Early life

Rogers was born in Santa Barbara, CA in 1973. He attended San Marcos High School in Goleta, CA from 1987 to 1991. There, Rogers played indoor volleyball for notable coach, Jon Lee. Together with teammate, Dax Holdren, Rogers won a league championship in 1990. The following year, Rogers led his team to the CIF Division I Championship. [http://www.toddjrogers.com/bio.html]

College

Rogers attended the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he played for the men's indoor team from 1993-96, and earned a degree in religious studies with a minor in coaching. [http://ucsbgauchos.cstv.com/sports/m-volley/mtt/rogers_todd00.html Todd Rogers Assistant Coach bio] ] At UCSB, he still ranks second in career digs with 783, and second in career assists with 4831. [ [http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/ucsb/sports/m-volley/auto_pdf/08-mvolley-mg-records.pdf UCSB Men's Volleybal 2008 Media Guide: Record Book] ]

Rogers was named an All-American in 1995 and 1996.

Professional career

While still a student at UCSB, Rogers played in his first AVP tournament in 1995 with partner, Canyon Ceman. He played one additional tournament with Ceman that year. [http://bvbinfo.com/Player.asp?ID=111&Page=6 Todd Rogers: Season summary 1995-1999] ]

1996-2001: Playing with Dax Holdren

After college, Rogers partnered with high school teammate, Dax Holdren, and began playing on both the domestic AVP Tour and the international FIVB World Tour. Rogers took Rookie of the Year honors in 1997, and the pair notched their first tournament win in 1998.

In 2000, Rogers and Holdren won their first FIVB tournament in Rosarito, Mexico. [ [http://bvbinfo.com/Player.asp?ID=111&Page=7 Todd Rogers: Season summary 2000-2004] ]

During their six years as partners, Rogers and Holdren were moderately successful, with 8 first-place, 7 second-place, and 4 third-place finishes.

2002-2005: Playing with Sean Scott

In 2002, Rogers split with Holdren and partnered with Sean Scott. The pair also found moderate success, but only made the winner's podium a total of four times on the AVP Tour, and none internationally.

2006-Present: Dominance with Dalhausser

2006

While playing with Scott, Rogers took notice of a 6'9" up-and-comer named Phil Dalhausser. Recognizing his potential, Rogers partnered with him for the 2006 season and began coaching Dalhausser on the intricacies of the game.

The pair won eight AVP events and one FIVB event in 2006 [http://bvbinfo.com/Player.asp?ID=111&Page=2 Todd Rogers: Victories] ] . Rogers also won the season-ending round-robin tournament, earning the title, "God of the Beach".

Despite their success, Rogers and Dalhausser finished the 2006 AVP season in second place, just six points shy of leaders Mike Lambert and Stein Metzger. [ [http://bvbinfo.com/Ranking.asp?Assoc=1&Gender=M&Year=2006&Team=1 AVP 2006 Men's Team Rankings] ]

2007

Rogers and Dalhausser finished the 2007 AVP season as the dominant winners, finishing with more than 800 points over the second place team with 10 tournament wins.

The duo also won the FIVB World Championships in Gstaad, Switzerland, the first such win in U.S. men's beach volleyball history Fact|date=August 2008.

2008

Rogers and Dalhausser have been a dominant force on both the 2008 AVP and FIVB tours. They have eight domestic wins, and three international wins, all in Grand Slam events.

Coaching

Rogers was the assistant men's volleyball coach at UC Santa Barbara from 2000 to 2005. He left coaching to devote full-time attention to his professional career. [ [http://www.independent.com/news/2007/jul/26/todd-rogers-and-phil-dalhausser-are-working-their-/ Santa Barbara Independent: Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser Are Working Their Way to the '08 Olympics] ]

Olympics

Athens 2004

Despite being ranked as the #4 team in the world, Rogers and partner, Sean Scott, were beaten out for the top two available slots for U.S. teams. [http://www.bvbinfo.com/Player.asp?ID=111 Profile on bvbinfo.com] ] Rogers was named an alternate but did not play.

Beijing 2008

Rogers and Dalhausser qualified as the number one team for the 2008 Olympics. [ [http://www.fivb.org/EN/BeachVolleyball/Rankings/2007/rank_OGmen.asp FIVB Beach Volleyball World Rankings] ]

On August 22, 2008, Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser won the gold medal. They defeated the Brazilian team of Fabio/Marcio in three sets.

Awards

* AVP Best Defensive Player 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
* AVP Crocs Cup Champion 2007 (Phil Dalhausser)
* AVP Most Valuable Player 2006
* AVP Rookie of the Year 1997
* AVP Team of the Year 2007 (Phil Dalhausser)
* FIVB Best Defensive Player 2006, 2007
* FIVB Best Setter 2005

Personal life

Born in Santa Barbara, California to David and Heidi Rogers. He has one brother, Dean. Todd is married to Melissa Masonheimer Rogers and has a daughter, Hannah, and son, Nate. [http://volleyball.teamusa.org/athlete/athlete/1026 Profile at teamusa.org] ] Currently resides in Solvang, CA.

References

External links

* [http://www.ToddJRogers.com/ Todd Rogers' Official Web page]
* [http://volleyball.teamusa.org/athlete/athlete/1026 Bio at teamusa.org]
* [http://www.fatspike.com/keyword/todd+rogers Todd Rogers Photo Database]


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