FIVB Volleyball Nations League 2018 - Men's teams Overview - USA

Team profile

Currently ranked number two in the FIVB World Rankings, the USA have an impressive history in the men’s game. They won the FIVB World Championship in 1986 in Paris, as well as four golds at the Pan American Games and eight at the NORCECA Championships.
In 2015, the USA won the FIVB World Cup, their second after 1985, earning a direct ticket to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, where they scored a comeback five-set win over Russia to take the bronze medal. It was the USA's fifth Olympic medal, after golds at the Los Angeles 1984, Seoul 1988 and Beijing 2008 Games, as well as a bronze at Barcelona 1992.
The USA have won two FIVB World League gold medals. The first came in 2008, in Rio, with a 3-1 win over Serbia in the final, and the second in 2014, in Florence, following a 3-1 win over Brazil. They were hoping fora third last year in Curitiba, but fell to hosts Brazil 3-1 in the semi-finals.
The USA were part of the inaugural World League in 1990 and had been continuously present in the competition since 2006, earning a total of two gold, one silver and three bronze medals in their 19 appearances.


Speraw, John

Speraw, John

John Speraw has been head coach of the USA men's National Team since 2013. Soon after taking charge, he led the team to gold in the 2014 FIVB World League. Two years ago, the 46-year-old coached USA to the bronze medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Previously, the California native was an assistant coach for the USA men's Olympic teams that won gold in Beijing 2008 and finished fifth in London 2012. In parallel with his national role, Speraw remains the head coach at the University of California in Los Angeles. It was there that he won two national championships as a middle blocker during his playing career.


  • Team Manager Ngo, Nathaniel
  • Assistant coach Neilson, Robert
  • Second Assistant Coach Thornton, Brian
  • Doctor Yim, Eugene
  • Physiotherapist Brock, Aaron


Rank Teams Matches Result Details Sets Points
Total Won Lost 3-0 3-1 3-2 2-3 1-3 0-3 Points Won Lost Ratio Won Lost Ratio
2 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 6 6 1 6.000 172 147 1.170
2 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 3 3 1.000 142 136 1.044
2 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 6 0.166 144 175 0.822