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Steve Timmons - Power Hitter


Quick Facts:

Born: November 29th, 1958
Height: 6'5"
Position: Outside Hitter
College: USC
USA Olympic Teams: Indoor – 1984 (Gold), 1988 (Gold), 1992 (Bronze)


Steve Timmons is an American volleyball player best known for his powerful attacks from the outside hitter position and his fiery red hair, which he wore in a flat-top style and earned him the nickname “Red.” Timmons is known for helping put USA men’s volleyball on the map along with Karch Kiraly. He was one of the first to hit out of the back row and is the most decorated indoor player in men’s volleyball having won two gold medals and a bronze medal. Timmons also played on the beach where he earned over $100,000 in winnings. He was inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame in 1998.


Timmons played at USC between 1980 and 1983. He was a First Team All-America in 1982 and a Second Team selection in 1981. The Trojans made it to the Final Four in each of Steve’s three seasons, winning the national championship in 1980. He was named to the NCAA All-Tournament team in 1980 as well as the All-Conference teams in 1981 and 1982.


Timmons joined the USA team in 1983. In the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, the men’s team finished second in their pool to Brazil. Both teams had a 3-1 record, but the U.S. came out second in sets won. In pool play the Americans beat Argentina 3-1, beat Tunisia 3-0, beat South Korea 3-0 and lost to Brazil 0-3. The team faced Canada in the semi-finals and beat them 3-0. They faced Brazil again in the final and were able to beat them 3-0 for the gold medal. Timmons was named the MVP.

In 1988, the men’s team, which consisted of just four members of the 1984 team – Timmons, Kiraly, Craig Buck and Dave Saunders - won their pool by beating Tunisia 3-0, beating France 3-0 and beating Argentina 3-2. In the semi-finals they faced Brazil, who they beat 3-0 to go on the gold medal match. They faced the Soviet Union who many considered to be the best team in the world. To win the gold, the men won the match 3-1. He was named the FIVB’s Best Blocker and the USOC’s Male Volleyball Player of the Year. Timmons helped to keep USA in the No. 1 spot in the world for a five-year period.

In 1992, the team headed to Barcelona with six of the 1988 gold medalists – Jeff Stork, Bob Ctvrtlik, Scott Fortune, Doug Partie, Eric Sato and Timmons. The United States finished second to Italy in their pool though both had 4-1 records. The U.S. lost three more sets than Italy and therefore fell to second place. In pool play, the Americans lost their first match against Japan 3-1 but came back to win their next four matches. They beat Canada 3-2, Spain 3-2, France 3-0 and Italy 3-1. In the playoffs they beat Russia 3-1 in the quarterfinals but lost to Brazil 1-3 in the semifinal. The U.S. met Cuba in the final and beat them 3-1 take the bronze medal.


Timmons played on the AVP Tour from 1987-1994. His best finish was a second place in 1991. He finished in third place twice in 1990. His total earnings totaled $105,161 and his biggest year was 1993 when he earned $36, 296 with one 4th, three 5th, three 7th and three 9th place finishes. He won an additional $14,600 on the FIVB Tour where in 1989 he won one tournament and finished third in another.


Timmons began a sportswear company called Redsand that became very popular among volleyball aficionados. He sold the company in 2004. Steve's first wife was Jeanne Bus, daughter of long-time Lakers owner Jerry Bus. He is currently married to Debbe Dunning who played Heidi on Home Improvement and has one daughter.
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