Home/Birthplace: Ellicott City, Md./Arbutus, Md.
Birth Year: 1993
Position: Middle Blocker
Club Team/Coach: Maryland Volleyball Program/Stewart Russell
High School/Grad Year: Centennial High School/2011
College: Penn State
USA VOLLEYBALL HIGHLIGHTS: 2013/2012 – Selected to the Men’s Junior National Training Team. 2011 – Selected to the U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team. 2010 – Took first place at the High Performance Select A2 tournament in the gold bracket...Member of the Boys' Youth National Team that finished second at the NORCECA Boys' Youth Continental Championship in Guadelajara, Mexico. 2009 – High Performance Holiday Camp in San Diego. 2008 – First in the silver bracket with High Performance Select A1 at the High Performance Championship in Tucson, Ariz.
INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2011 – Competed on the U.S. Boys' Youth National Team that won a bronze medal at the Under-19 Pan American Cup… Scored 45 points for a team best and fifth-best overall at the tournament... Aaron was the second-best server of the tournament and 10th-best blocker. 2010 – Named Best Blocker on the U.S. Boys' Youth National Team that finished second to Cuba at the NORCECA Championship in Guadalajara, Mexico… Named tournament MVP at the 2010 High Performance Championships.
CLUB/PREP HIGHLIGHTS: Was the CHRVA Regional Champion in 2008 and 2009… First place at the Rochester Can-Am. in 2009… First place East Coast Championship.
COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: During his freshman season, Aaron saw action in 98 sets and tallied 203 kills on 357 attempts for a .423 hitting percentage… Added 16 solo blocks and 76 block assists averaging .94 blocks per set... Named an NCAA Men's Volleyball Second Team All-American.
PERSONAL: Born Aaron Joseph Russell (1993) in Arbutus, Md. … Parents are Stewart and Marian Russell… Aaron is the second-oldest of five brothers… The other brothers are Peter (1992), Samuel (1995), Tim (1999) and Paul (2002)…Aaron began his volleyball career in 2008 playing both beach and indoor volleyball…He is currently playing beach with partner Eric Lucas… Favorite food is Maryland Blue Crab… Favorite type of music is hip-hop and his favorite musician is Kid Cudi… Favorite team is the Baltimore Ravens and his favorite athlete is Tim Tebow… Favorite movie is The Dark Knight… Favorite actor is Will Ferrell…Aaron’s hobbies include going to the beach, playing basketball, and watching football… His most admired person is Tim Tebow… His happiest moment in life so far was when his club soccer team won nationals.
Updated May 2013