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Birthdate: Sept. 30, 1973
Hometown: Santa Barbara, Calif.
Resides: Solvang, Calif.
Height: 6’ 2"
College: UC - Santa Barbara
BEST FINISH / WINNINGS
Domestic: 1st (54 times) $1,201,306.50
International: 1st (24 times) $861,812l.50
Overall: 1st (78 times) $2,063,119.00
Todd Rogers, known for his stingy defense, has left his mark on professional beach volleyball. “The Professor” has an Olympic gold medal from Beijing to go along with his 76 titles (54 AVP, 24 FIVB).
Since joining the AVP Tour in 1995, it took Rogers just two years until he established himself as one of the top players, garnering 12 top ten finishes in 20 events in 1997, which also marked his first year of international competition. Rogers earned the AVP’s Rookie of the Year as he and partner and former college teammate, Max Holdren, advanced to three semifinals and one championship match.
Each season, Rogers made progress in the beach game, advancing to the semifinals in six of 10 AVP events with Holdren in 1998, including getting his first win in Louisville. In 2000, the pair played in an FIVB event in Rosarito, Mexico where they won despite being seeded No. 32. Immediately following, they played in four straight AVP finals, winning twice.
Rogers and Holdren had their final years as partners in 2011 as the duo won the season AVP opener and followed that up with three more top ten finishes. They played in eight FIVB events, with a best of fifth in the World Championships in Klagenfurt.
Rogers partnered with Sean Scott starting in 2002, where they had four fifth-place finishes on the AVP Tour. The next year, they advanced to two semifinals on the Tour, including one championship match. In 2004, Rogers and Scott played in the semifinals in six of seven AVP events, winning once. Rogers was fourth in digs per set (5.28). Internationally, they competed in 11 events, finishing fourth twice. The pair just missed qualifying for the Athens Olympics, finishing as the third-ranked U.S. team. They were the fourth-highest ranked team worldwide to not qualify for the Olympics due to country quotas.
Rogers and Phil Dalhausser played their first match together in 2005 in the World Championships in Berlin, where they finished seventh. Starting in 2006, Rogers and Dalhausser began playing full-time together. After placing ninth in the season opener on the AVP, they won the next four tournaments and tallied a total of eight wins in nine finals appearances. Rogers was the third-ranked player on tour and was sixth in digs per set (4.53), eighth in kills per set (6.82) and 10th in hitting percentage (.429). He and Dalhausser played in six FIVB events, winning three medals including a gold medal in the Gland Slam in Klagenfurt that ended a 50-event drought for the U.S. men winning internationally.
Rogers surpassed the $1 million earnings in 2007, where he and Dalhausser advanced to the Final Four in all 16 AVP team events, winning 10 times. Rogers became the 13th player win over $1 million in prize money. He was the top-ranked player on the AVP Tour and he was fifth in digs per set (4.89) and seventh in both kills per set (7.08) and hitting percentage (.418). Internationally, the duo won three medals, including a gold at the World Championships in Gstaad, marking the first time an American team had won that title.
The pair had a break-out year in 2008 where they claimed the first five AVP titles and won 27 matches before placing third in Atlanta, the only AVP event where they did not play in the finals. The duo won 11 domestic titles and Rogers was the top-ranked player on the Tour for the second straight year. Rogers and Dalhausser played in seven FIVB events, winning medals in all of them. They began the season with a pair of bronzes, then in four Grand Slams, they won a silver and three golds. During the Olympic qualifying process, they accumulated the highest point total in the world and entered the Beijing Games on a 21-match FIVB winning streak, one win shy of the record. In their first match in the Olympics, they were upset by the 23rd-seeded team, snapping the streak before rebounding to win the gold medal.
In 2010, Rogers amassed over $190,000 in winnings on the FIVB Tour, as he and Dalhausser came through the contender’s bracket to win the season opener in Brasilia, becoming the first American team to win a title in Brazil since 1996. They won nine titles in their 12 international outings, setting the mark for the most team wins in FIVB single season history. The pair won the last five FIVB events they played in, including three Grand Slams, ending the season on a 23-match win streak.
Rogers and Dalhausser started the 2012 FIVB season out on a strong note, taking home gold medals in Brasilia and Shanghai before finishing a disappointing 17th in Beijing. The duo bounced back in the next two events, finishing third and fourth in Prague and Gstaad. Rogers and Dalhausser secured their spot in the London Olympics as the top-ranked U.S. team, earning the second overall seed. After cruising through pool play, the pair were upset by the Italians in the first round of pool play, giving them a finish of 9th.
Following the Olympics, they competed in both AVP Tour events, finishing third at the Cincinnati Open after losing to eventual champions John Hyden and Sean Scott in the semifinals. At the Championships in Santa Barbara, they defeated Stein Metzger/Mark Williams and Kevin McColloch/Mike Placek in pool play before losing their next two matches against Brad Keenan/John Mayer and Jake Gibb/Sean Rosenthal leaving the duo to finish fifth in their final match together. Rogers will begin a new partnership in 2013 with Ryan Doherty.
Rogers attended the University of California – Santa Barbara where he earned All-American volleyball honors (1995-96). He currently holds the school record for career digs (783) and is second on the season-best list with 246. Rogers also ranks second all-time in assists (4,831), ninth in total blocks (270) and eighth in block assists (222). He graduated with a degree in religious studies and a minor in coaching. He served as the assistant men’s volleyball coach from 2000-05. In his free time, Rogers enjoys soccer, reading science fiction books, hiking, surfing and gardening. He and wife, Melissa, have one daughter, Hannah, and one son, Nate.