02. 04. 2020

VINTAGE VOLLEYBALL: Pioneer of back-row hitting, Steve Timmons

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Volleyball didn’t have many players who changed the way it’s played over time. American Steve Timmons was definitely one of them.


We decided to remind you to one of the greatest male volleyball players ever, Steve Timmons. Now a 61-year-old, Timmons has truly changed the way this sport is played. In today’s volleyball, a back-row hitting is something that’s regularly done on a professional level and you can see it quite often during the games. Well, that’s not how it was back in the 1980s.

Timmons was one of the pioneers of this attacking weapon. He was doing it amazingly and, more importantly, from the position of the middle blocker. He led the U.S. National Team, along with Karch Kiraly, Patrick Powers, Douglas “Dusty” Dvorak, etc. to the first Olympic gold medal ever, and medal in general, in the history of the country’s volleyball - in the 1984 Los Angeles Games. Timmons was named MVP of the tournament. He was also involved in the repetition of this success, four years later in Seoul. There, Timmons was awarded Best Blocker, while he received the award for the Male Volleyball Player of the Year in his home country.


In between, he and those guys we mentioned above won the 1985 FIVB World Cup and 1986 FIVB World Championship! On a club level, Timmons, along with Kiraly, took the Italian Championship and FIVB Club World Championship, both in 1991, with Il Messagero of Ravenna (current name Consar Ravenna). Due to his numerous successes, he was inducted into the International Volleyball Hall of Fame, in 1998.

After retiring from professional volleyball, Timmons was a co-founder and later a president of sports clothing company Redsand. He sold it in 2003 and returned to volleyball, coaching Wave Volleyball Club (some sort of volleyball academy) based in Del Mar, California since 2013. In February this year, he was added to the coaching staff of San Diego State women’s volleyball team, the Aztecs, who are competing in the NCAA Division I.



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