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Jeff Nygaard:
 
Jeff Nygaard
United States  
  
 
Vital Statistics
 

Photo: Ken Delgado
Birth Date August 3, 1972 (45 years old)
Home Town Madison, WI
Resides Long Beach, CA
Height 6'8"
College UCLA
  Best Finish Winnings
United States 1st (7 times) $416,923
   AVP 1st (7 times) $401,798
   AVP HWN* 2nd $10,625
   BVA 13th $1,250
   NVL 17th $0
   Pro Beach 13th $750
   Wide Open 9th $0
   Bonus Money   $2,500
International 1st $64,500
   FIVB 1st $64,500
Overall 1st (8 times) $481,423
 
Bio Bits

In 2005, Nygaard teamed with beach Olympian Dax Holdren, winning in Santa Barbara which gave him a domestic victory for the fourth straight season. In 2006 he teamed with indoor Olympian John Hyden, Nygaard's partner in his first ever beach event in 2001, and one of four different Olympians Nygaard has played with on the beach.

He was awarded 2003 AVP Most Valuable Player and AVP Team of the Year with partner Dain Blanton after he topped the AVP victory list with three titles in eight events. Earned his first victory in just his 10th event when he won the 2002 Hermosa Beach Open with Albert Hanneman, becoming one of just three players to win a title since 1986 in his first 10 events.

A two-time indoor Olympian for the
United States, Nygaard competed on the beach for the first-time in 2001 appearing in seven AVP events. Was a middle blocker on the 2000 USA Olympic team. Competed on the United States National Team for eight seasons (1993-2000). Played in the Athens Games in 2004 on the beach with Blanton, finishing 19th.

Nygaard ended the 2006 season ranked seventh in blocks (1.68 per game) and fifth in kills (7.43 per game). In 2007 he was eighth in kills (6.91 per game), ninth in hitting percentage (.411) and 10th in blocks (1.44 per game).

He was the first collegiate men's player to receive player of the year honors in two consecutive seasons. Nygaard ended his career as UCLA's all-time leader in aces (123) and ranks second in blocks (650), kills (1,805) and hitting percentage (.427). Nygaard led the Bruins to two national championships (1993 and 1995). He earned post-season honors all four years at UCLA, including first-team recognition for three years (1993-95). He was college volleyball's top freshman in 1992 and MVP in 1994 and '95.

A Wisconsin native, he has one older brother (Brad), who is his role model. Nygaard majored in English at UCLA. Following the Olympics in Athens in 2004, he married Renee Schindler, and they have a daughter (Sophia), born in early 2007.

Favorite TV Show: Cheers... Role Model:  His older brother, Brad... Favorite Movie: A Lion in Winter... Favorite Band: Jason Mraz, but he enjoys singing karaoke to Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire"... Sponsors: Nautica... Favorite Food: Candy necklaces and double pepperoni and pineapple pizza

 
 
Awards
 
  • AVP Most Valuable Player 2003
  • AVP Team of the Year 2003 (Dain Blanton)
 
Career Summary
 
United States
Season Assoc Played 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 7th 9th Money Points Rank 13th 16th 17th 19th 25th 29th CQ
2001 AVP 7 0 0 0 0 1 2 3 $6,700.00 520.0 16th 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2001 BVA 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 $1,250.00 24.0 31st 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002 AVP 7 1 0 0 0 1 2 2 $15,660.00 629.0 13th 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003 AVP 8 3 1 0 0 0 2 1 $40,005.00 1,109.0 8th 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2004 AVP 11 1 0 4 0 3 0 2 $29,412.50 1,199.0 9th 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
2005 AVP 14 1 5 3 0 2 2 0 $81,300.00 2,007.0 3rd 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006 AVP 16 0 2 5 0 4 3 0 $76,675.00 1,796.0 11th 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
2007 AVP 13 0 0 2 0 1 0 4 $24,725.00 1,108.0 24th 5 0 1 0 0 0 0
2008 AVP HWN* 3 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 $7,500.00     0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008 AVP 17 0 0 1 0 4 1 5 $36,625.00 1,527.0 22nd 3 0 3 0 0 0 0
Season Assoc Played 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 7th 9th Money Points Rank 13th 16th 17th 19th 25th 29th CQ
2009 AVP HWN* 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 $3,125.00     0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009 AVP 15 1 1 4 0 6 1 1 $78,445.00 3,260.0 9th 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010 AVP 7 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 $14,750.00 1,185.0 19th 1 0 2 0 0 0 0
2011 Pro Beach 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 $750.00 108.0   1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011 NVL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 $0.00 190.0   0 0 1 0 0 0 0
2011 Wide Open 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 $0.00     0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total
(Rank)
  123
(73rd)
7
(52nd)
9 21 0 22 14 20 $416,922.50
(37th)
14,662.0   16 1 7 0 0 1 0
 
International
Season Assoc Played 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 7th 9th Money Points Rank 13th 16th 17th 19th 25th 29th CQ
2003 FIVB 8 1 0 1 1 1 0 2 $43,750.00 998.0 22nd 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
2004 FIVB 9 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 $20,750.00 519.0 47th 1 0 3 1 1 0 0
Total
(Rank)
  17
(589th)
1
(116th)
0 1 1 1 3 2 $64,500.00
(231st)
1,517.0   1 0 3 1 2 0 1
 
 
 
 
Overall
Total
(Rank)
  140
(108th)
8
(85th)
9 22 1 23 17 22 $481,422.50
(71st)
16,179.0   17 1 10 1 2 1 1
 
* AVP Hot Winter Nights events are exhibitions and only count for tournaments played and prize money won.
Red denotes ranked 1st
 
Victory List
 
Victory Date Assoc Location Partner Seed Winnings
1 6/9/2002 AVP Hermosa Beach Albert Hannemann 6 $8,700
2 6/8/2003 FIVB Rhodes Dain Blanton 24 $11,000
3 6/15/2003 AVP San Diego Dain Blanton 11 $7,250
4 8/31/2003 AVP Chicago Dain Blanton 8 $8,700
5 9/6/2003 AVP Las Vegas Dain Blanton 7 $15,000
6 9/5/2004 AVP Chicago Dain Blanton 3 $8,700
7 5/22/2005 AVP Santa Barbara Dax Holdren 2 $10,000
8 5/3/2009 AVP San Diego John Mayer 7 $12,000
 

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