Pepperdine Alumni and Coaches Compete in 2016 Summer Olympic Games

December 7, 2016  | 1 min read

 

A group of Pepperdine alumni athletes and Waves coaches participated in a variety of sports throughout the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from August 5 to 21.

Alumni athletes included:



Sarah Attar (’14): Saudi Arabia Women’s Track and Field

Miranda Ayim (’10): Canada Women’s Basketball

Roxanne Barker (’13): South Africa Women’s Soccer

Kim Hill (’12): USA Women’s Volleyball

Merrill Moses (’99): USA Men’sWater Polo

Jesse Smith (’05): USA Men’s Water Polo

Fred Winters (’04): Canada Men’s Volleyball



The Olympians were joined in Rio by several accomplished Pepperdine volleyball coaches: head coach Marv Dunphy (’74), assistant coach David Hunt, beach volleyball assistant coach Marcio Sicoli (MA ’15), and volunteer assistant coach Kayla Banwarth, who was also selected to represent the United States in women’s volleyball.

Additionally, alumni Jack Kocur (’97) and Alex Rodriguez (’98) participated as assistant coaches for the USA men’s water polo team, and men’s volleyball alumni Kevin Barnett (’97) and Dain Blanton (’94) were present as analysts for NBC.

Volleyball players Hill and Banwarth returned home with bronze medals after the U.S. defeated the Netherlands 3 to 1 in the finals match.

Read more about Kim Hill’s road to Rio: magazine.pepperdine.edu/road-to-rio