Todd Rogers Says Farewell: A Look Back At His Remarkable Career
52 AVP titles, 24 FIVB gold medals, and oh yeah, one Olympic gold medal. The list of accolades could go on and on for Todd Rogers, one of the most respected beach volleyball players to play the sport. The three-time Olympian announced his retirement at the age of 42 years old ending his remarkable career.
Todd Rogers was born September 30th, 1973 in Santa Barbara, CA and lives in Solvang, CA, training out of Santa Barbara or his home. He attended UC Santa Barbara where he was setter for the Gauchos. During his time at Santa Barbara, he was named three-time team MVP, and was a two-time All-American. Rogers left UCSB with the school record for career digs, 2nd all-time in assists, 9th in total blocks, and 8th in block assists.
Rogers then made his AVP debut at the Manhattan Beach Open in 1993. Rogers currently sits at 6th all-time in men’s victories in the AVP with 52 tour victories. He also sits 6th all-time in overall career victories with 78. During his time on the AVP tour, Rogers has been named Best Defensive Player five times, MVP in 2006, Rookie of the Year in 1997, and Team of the Year three times with Phil Dalhausser. In addition to his AVP career, Rogers is an Olympian, winning the gold medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics with Dalhausser.
Between matches on the final day of the 2016 Manhattan Beach Open, the AVP honored retiring superstar Todd Rogers and recognized everything Rogers has done for the sport of beach volleyball. The ceremony was emceed by long-time AVP announcer and AVP friend, Chris “Geeter” McGee. Known as ‘The Professor’, Rogers will be hanging up his bathing suit and continuing his career in volleyball as the Beach Volleyball Head Coach at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
“The game of volleyball has meant a huge deal to me,” Rogers said. “It’s been a humongous part of my life, and my family’s life… I’ve been playing this sport now for almost 30 years; 28, I believe. This will be my 20th professional. It doesn’t mean everything to me, but it’s such a big part of my life, I couldn’t imagine not having beach volleyball in my life.”
Thank you, Todd Rogers!