Born in Santa Monica, Curt Toppel grew up in Pacific Palisades, CA. After graduating from Stanford University with a degree in Human Biology and as 4-time All-American for indoor volleyball, he went on to play 10 years of professional indoor overseas.
After retiring in 2013 from indoor, Curt focused his efforts on his beach game. He currently also works as a software engineer and splits his time between his two passions. Curt is married to Nicole Violani Toppel and has a daughter Isabella on the way (due July 8, 2018).
Who is your role model?
Elon Musk – He puts his mind to something and doesn’t stop until he has accomplished it.
Off-Season: Does it actually exist or is it just a myth?
Just a myth. If you love something, it is there 24/7/365 and you should never be able to get enough of it.
If you weren’t playing professional volleyball, what would your job be?
I am currently a software engineer as well as a professional volleyball player. I am part of the growing group of JERDs (Jocks turned nerd 🙂 ).