Pro Beach Volleyball Champion Mike Whitmarsh dead at 46

February 18, 2009

Stunning news in the world of beach volleyball.  Olympic silver medalist and pro beach volleyball tour champion Mike Whitmarsh, 46, was found dead at a friend’s home in Solana Beach, California on Tuesday morning, February 17.

Whitmarsh, lead the University of San Diego to its first West Coast Conference basketball title in 1984.  The 6′7″ star was drafted in the 5th round by the Portland Trailblazers and was picked up briefly by the Minnesota Timberwolves before playing professionally in Germany for 3 years.

Whitmarsh switched to beach volleyball in 1990 and was named AVP Rookie of the Year, and went on to become one of the top AVP Tour players.  In 1996, Whitmarsh teamed with Mike Dodd to win a silver medal in the Atlanta Olympics. He won a total of 28 pro beach volleyball tournaments and won nearly $1.6 million during his career.


4 Responses to “Pro Beach Volleyball Champion Mike Whitmarsh dead at 46”

  1. Henri on February 19th, 2009 3:39 pm

    I created an online memorial for Mike. Please visit the page and leave your thoughts, prayers, pictures, light a candle, etc. We miss ya Mike!


  2. Joan on February 20th, 2009 10:21 am

    I’m a long time volleyball fan and met him at several tournaments. He was always very nice and approachable to the fans. So very sad for the sport and his family.

  3. Rob on February 28th, 2009 3:18 am

    It is so sad to see Mike go this way. I played against him early in his career. He was a great bloke.

    From what I have read he just signed his divorce papers for his marriage with Cindy. I guess it was all too much for him.

    I just feel sorry for his two girls who won’t have their father around.

    Will miss you big Mike.

  4. Chris on March 7th, 2009 1:15 am

    So many great memories of Big Mike in Santa Cruz tournaments. We’ll miss you…

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