Meet Steve Timmons, the former American volleyball player

Meet Steve Timmons, the former American volleyball player

Kevin Omuya
updated at November 28, 2023 at 3:58 PM

Steve Timmons played volleyball for the United States and is a gold medal-winning athlete from the Olympics. The back-row-hitting pioneer competed as an American representative in three consecutive Summer Olympics and received the International Volleyball Federation's 1984 Olympic MVP award.

Steve Timmons
Steve Timmons in the 1988 Summer Olympics (left). The San Diego volleyball team's current assistant coach (right). Photo: Mark Fries, Stello (modified by author)
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Timmons won gold medals as a national team member in the FIVB World Cup 1985, the FIVB World Championship 1986, and the Pan American Games 1987. In 1998, he was inducted into the International Volleyball Hall of Fame. Delving into his biography reveals the indelible mark he left on the sport.

Profile summary



Full name

Steve Dennis Timmons




64 years old as of 2023

Date of birth

November 29, 1958

Place of birth

Newport Beach, California, U.S.




1.96m (6'5")


93kg (205lbs)

Eye colour


Hair colour

Dirty blonde


Former volleyball player


Middle blocker


Dennis Timmons (father), Holly Timmons (mother)


Jeanie Buss (1990 - 1993), Debbe Dunnibg (1997 - 2018)

Net worth

$3 million

Steve Timmons' biography

Steve Timmons (age 64 years as of 2023) was born in Newport Beach, California, on November 29, 1958, and his nationality is American. The former volleyball player's parents are Dennis Timmons (father) and Holly Timmons (mother). Jill, Heidi, and Kevin are his three siblings.

Steve Timmons' education

In terms of his training and credentials, Steve graduated from Newport Harbor High School. After that, he enrolled at Orange Coast College (OCC), attended the University of Southern California, and eventually earned a degree there.

Who is Steve Timmons' wife?

Who is Steve Timmons' wife?
Jeanie Buss attends the 2019 NBA Awards at Barker Hangar on June 24, 2019, in Santa Monica, California. Photo: Leon Bennett
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Timmons married actress Debbe Dunning and they were together from 1997 to 2018. Debbe portrayed Heidi on "Home Improvement." Steve and Debra had three children: Spencer Schae, Stony and Sysco Timmons.

Steve Timmons married Jeanie Buss, a basketball executive. Jerry Buss is the father of Jeanie. After being together from 1990 to 1993, Steve Timmons and Jeanie Buss divorced.

NBA's Lakers' president, Jeanie Buss, has a net worth that makes her one of the wealthiest women in the sports industry. She presided over the Great Western Forum and the Lakers as president. Buss also shares ownership of Los Angeles' Women's Wrestling.

Steve Timmons' career

Steve Timmons' career
Goodwill Games, USA Steve Timmons in action, making spike vs USSR during Goodwill Games in Moscow, Russia on January 7, 1986. Photo: Tony Tomsic
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The famous volleyball player participated in basketball and volleyball at Newport Harbour High School. Following that, he played basketball for the Orange Coast College Pirates team while attending Orange Coast College (OCC).

Steve then made his way to the University of Southern California to enrol. He began competing for the university's Trojans volleyball team, which took first place in the 1980 NCAA Men's Volleyball Tournament. Similarly, in 2003, Timmons sold Redsand, an action sports apparel and lifestyle brand he co-founded and was president of.

Steve qualified for the 1984 Olympic men's volleyball team thanks to his outstanding collegiate volleyball career at the University of Southern California. In between Olympic competitions, he played volleyball in the Italian leagues.

Steve Timmons' awards and achievements

Steve Timmons' career awards and achievements
1988 Summer Olympics, USA Steve Timmons (6), Craig Buck (7), and Bob Ctvrtlik (4) in action, blocking spike during finals game vs USR in Seoul, Korea on February 10, 1988. Photo: Richard Mackson
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  • Timmons, the first male American to win three indoor volleyball Olympic medals, has been an elite coach with the Wave Volleyball Club, one of the most prestigious volleyball clubs in the nation, since 2013. The club is located in nearby Del Mar.
  • He earned all-tournament honours from 1980 to 1982 and contributed to the Trojans' 1980 NCAA Championship win. Along with his 1982 All-America honours, he also won first-team all-conference recognition.
  • In addition to a bronze in 1992, he won gold medals for the United States team in the Summer Olympics in 1984 and 1988.
  • He was named the 1984 Games MVP and the 1988 Male Volleyball Player of the Year by the U.S. Olympic Committee. The same year, he won MVP honours at the World Super Four Tournament and was chosen as the Federation of International Volleyball's Best Blocker.
  • After winning the 1984 Olympics, he guided the American volleyball team to gold medals at the 1985 World Cup and 1986 World Championships, completing the first-ever "Triple Crown" for the sport.
  • Timmons placed eighth on Volleyball magazine's list of the "35 Best U.S. Players of All Time" in 2012 after being chosen for USA Volleyball's 75th anniversary All-Era team in 2003.
  • He was inducted into the Southern California Indoor Volleyball Hall of Fame's first class in 2007.
  • Before this, Timmons made Volleyball magazine's all-time American Indoors first team and was inducted into both the International Volleyball Hall of Fame and the U.S. Volleyball Association Hall of Fame in 1998.
  • For his basketball and volleyball skills at Orange Coast College, he was inducted into the Orange County Sports Hall of Fame in 1990 and the California Community College Hall of Fame in 1998.
How much is Steve Timmons worth?
Steve Timmons poses while holding some of his Olympic awards. Photo: Mark Fries
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Steve Timmons' net worth

Steve Dennis Timmons, a former volleyball player from the United States, is thought to be worth $3 million in total. After starting in 1984 and winning gold in 1984 and 1988, he has proudly continued to represent the United States for three consecutive Summer Olympics.

Timmons served as the president and co-founder of the "Redsand" company. As is well known, he was paid handsomely for his work there. In 2003, he progressively increased his net worth by selling the famous company. Unfortunately, the amount is not stipulated.

Steve's contributions to "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore" art department have also rewarded him. Timmons has engaged in other activities besides sports. Additionally, he has been advocating for people through various online platforms and websites.

Final word

Steve Timmons, the towering figure in American volleyball, left an indelible mark on the sport with a career laden with triumphs. A three-time Olympic medalist, he secured gold in 1984 and 1988 and a bronze in 1992, showcasing his prowess on the international stage.

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Kevin Omuya is a Content Writer with 4 years of experience who joined Sports Brief in 2022. In 2019 he held a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism & Digital Media from KCA University.