Paul Sunderland

Paul Benedict Sunderland (born March 29, 1952) is an American professional sportscaster who resides in Los Angeles, California. He worked as the indoor volleyball play-by-play announcer for NBC Olympics’ coverage of the 2016 Olympic Games, and has worked for the NBC Sports Group's summer Olympic Games coverage since the 1992 Games in Barcelona. He is a former collegiate basketball and volleyball player and played on the US National Men's Volleyball Team. He was a member of the US Men's volleyball team that won the Gold Medal at the 1984 Olympic Games.

Paul Sunderland
Personal information
Full namePaul Benedict Sunderland
BornMarch 29, 1952 (age 67)
Sherman Oaks, California, U.S.
HometownSherman Oaks, California, U.S.
Height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight205 lb (93 kg)
College(s)University of Oregon
Loyola Marymount University

Early life and athletic career

Sunderland grew up in Sherman Oaks, in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles, California.[1] He attended Notre Dame High School, graduating in 1971. Sunderland played basketball and football at Notre Dame, and was a San Fernando Valley League All-League selection as both a wide receiver in football and as a forward in basketball.[1] He started playing volleyball on the beach during his high school years, and states he had an immediate love for the game. He was recruited to the University of Oregon on a basketball scholarship.[2] Between his freshman and sophomore college seasons he began playing a great deal of beach volleyball, and he joined the University of Oregon's USVBA club team during his sophomore year. Sunderland states he set a goal to play in the Olympics on the US National Men's Volleyball Team. Following his sophomore year he transferred to Loyola Marymount so he could play both basketball and volleyball.[1] Sunderland developed into one of Loyola's top volleyball players and earned All-America honors while playing there.[3]

In 1975 Sunderland was invited to try out for the U.S. National team, and made the cut for the developmental squad.[1] After the US team failed to qualify for the 1976 Olympic games Sunderland moved up to the "A" squad.[1] He competed on the team over the next four years. At the USVBA national tournament, he won U.S. Player of the Year awards in 1977, 1979 and 1982.[3] In international competition the US national team again failed to qualify for the Olympic games, this time held in Moscow in 1980. The United States had boycotted the games, making the failure to qualify a moot point, but it was clear that the teams the US put together following the USVBA nationals were no longer adequate to compete on the international level.

In 1977 the program hired former player Doug Beal as a full-time coach of the U.S. Men's National Team. He became the driving force for establishing a full-time, year-around volleyball training center. The facility was created in Dayton, Ohio, in 1978. However, California was the hot bed of volleyball talent at the time, and many of the nation's top players were not willing to participate on the national team if it meant they had to relocate to Dayton.[1] In 1981 the training center was moved to San Diego, California, along with the national team program. Now a veteran, Sunderland had developed into a solid all-around player.[1] In San Diego he was joined on the national team by a collection of the top collegiate talent from the California area, including Karch Kiraly, Dusty Dvorak, Steve Timmons, Craig Buck, Steven Salmons, Pat Powers and Doug Partie. By 1983 the U.S. squad was among the world's elite teams. The turnaround culminated with the Gold Medal at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.[4] Playing at the Olympic games and winning the gold medal were lifetime achievements for Sunderland, earned at the end of many long years of effort. Said teammate Kiraly: "It's something he really wanted and it was really neat to see that one of the oldest guys on the team was also the most excited."[1]

Broadcasting career

Following the completion of his playing career Sunderland pursued a career in broadcasting. Sunderland's athletic career formed the base for a broadcast career, initially working as a volleyball commentator.[4] He was paired with former teammate Chris Marlowe. Sunderland's hiring was a morale boost to Marlowe, who had been doing broadcast work for a number of years, usually paired with personnel with little or no volleyball experience.[5] Said Marlowe, "Early on I was working with broadcasters who may not have known a volleyball from a pineapple. When Paul moved into the color spot – that really clicked. We were old friends, played together on the national team for years, and our chemistry was fantastic."[5] Sunderland's first assignment was in 1985 working with Marlowe at the NCAA Men's Volleyball West Regional match between San Diego State and Pepperdine.[6] Said Marlowe: "I can ask Paul anything on the air, at any time, and he always has an answer."[1]

From the color commentator spot Sunderland moved on to do play-by-play, and extended into basketball and other sports. He soon took on work with the Clippers and Dodgers for Fox Sports Net.[3] Starting in 1993, Sunderland covered Pac-10 basketball for ESPN. He subsequently was hired by NBC to cover a number of sports, including the NBA, WNBA and a variety of Olympic sports.[3] Sunderland later served as an anchor on the Fox Sports Network.

In 1993 Sunderland began doing pre-game hosting for the Lakers.[7] In 1995 Sunderland was working for Prime, NBC and ESPN.[4] In the 2001-2002 season, the Laker's long time play-by-play announcer, Chick Hearn, had to take time away while he recovered from heart surgery, and then more time was needed when he was injured in a fall and suffered a broken hip.[8] Sunderland filled in for Chick Hearn for 56 games during the 2001-02 season, and then in November 2002 he was announced as the new play-by-play announcer for the Los Angeles Lakers.[7] He was only the second announcer ever hired by the team.[8] He announced for the Lakers through 2005.[8] Since 2005, Sunderland has worked as an announcer for NBC and Universal Sports, covering the Pac-12 in the sports of Basketball, Volleyball, Track and Field and Tennis.[2]

Paul Sunderland served as the indoor volleyball play-by-play announcer for NBC Olympics’ coverage at the 2016 Olympic Games, teaming with Kevin Barnett as analyst.[9] He has worked doing the NBC Sports Group's summer Olympic Games coverage since the 1992 Games in Barcelona.[3] Sunderland currently serves as a play-by-play announcer for both volleyball and men's basketball on ESPN's Longhorn Network.[3]


Sunderland earned All-America honors while at Loyola Marymount in 1975.[3] He won USVBA Player of the Year awards at the national "Open" tournament in 1977, 1979 and 1982.[3][2] In 1986 he was inducted into the USVBA Hall of Fame in Wichita, Kansas.[1] That same year he was also inducted into the Loyola Marymount Hall of Fame.[10]

Sunderland has twice won the Emmy Award for his play-by-play announcing with the LA Lakers.[2]

Personal life

Sunderland lives in Southern California with his wife, Maud-Ann.[3] He met his wife at the 1977 World University Games in Bulgaria. Maud-Ann Tesch was a two-time national fencing champion from Sweden. She and Sunderland were married in Sweden in 1978. They have two children.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Garcia, Irene (15 August 1996). "A Volley of Words : Sunderland Is a Major Voice for His Sport as a Television Commentator". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d "ESPN Announcer Biography". Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Bio: Paul Sunderland". NBC Sports. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  4. ^ a b c Stewart, Larry (12 May 1995). "After Volleyball, He Looks to Hit It Big". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  5. ^ a b Hoffarth, Tom (22 August 2015). "Chris Marlowe keeps his feet in the sand and the heart of 'The Lion'". Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  6. ^ Administrator. "Chris Marlowe and Paul Sunderland Reunited for NBC Sports' Coverage of the AVP Live From Coney Island". Sports Media News. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
  7. ^ a b c Deitsch, Richard (25 November 2002). "The Replacement: Paul Sunderland has the difficult task of succeeding the legendary Chick Hearn as voice of the Lakers". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  8. ^ a b c Stewart, Larry (3 May 2005). "Sunderland Out as Laker Announcer". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  9. ^ "NBC Sports: Rio 2016". Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  10. ^ "Loyola Marymount University Men's Basketball". Retrieved 20 March 2017.

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