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Birthdate: Feb. 6, 1976
Hometown: Bountiful, Utah
Resides: Costa Mesa, Calif.
Height: 6’ 7"
Jake Gibb established himself as one of the premier beach volleyball players in the world when he and partner Sean Rosenthal took home first place at the 2012 AVP Championships in Santa Barbara, Calif. Gibb and Rosenthal outdueled Brad Keenan and John Mayer in a thrilling three-set victory to take home $22,500 in prize money. It was a remarkable year for Gibb and Sean Rosenthal who ended the season sitting atop the rankings in both the AVP and FIVB.
Since taking home his first title in 2004 at the Austin Open alongside former partner Adam Jewell, Gibb has won nine titles with three different partners. He is the only player to finish ranked in the top 5 three consecutive years between 2004-2007.
Playing with Stein Metzger for the first time in 2005, the duo won their first two tournaments, becoming just the third team since 1990 to win consecutive tournaments at the beginning of their partnership. They won in Belmar then placed second in an FIVB Grand Slam event in Paris, logging the highest finish by an American team in 2005. Their win at Manhattan Beach in 2006 made Gibb and Metzger just the second team to win four domestic tournaments in a season since the turn of the century and also marked the first time since the 2003 season opener that a number one-seeded team won an AVP open event. Gibb was chosen as the AVP’s Most Valuable Player in 2005.
In 2006, he and Rosenthal won the season-opening event on the Tour, taking home $50,000, the largest payout since 1997. In addition to playing in six finals, the duo also played in three FIVB championships, winning in Acapulco. In February 2007, Gibb won the individual exhibition event in Albany, N.Y.
Gibb and Rosenthal continued to be one of the best teams in the AVP in 2008, advancing to seven semifinals and winning titles in Atlanta, Long Beach and San Francisco. For the third time in his career, Gibb finished second in the individual event. Internationally, the duo made the semifinals in their first two tournaments, placing fourth before winning the title in Prague. In Stavanger, Norway Gibb and Rosenthal placed fifth and ended the Olympic qualifying process as the 12th highest ranked team in the world. In the Beijing Olympics, the pair won all three pool play matches and their first round play-off match before being eliminated by the defending Gold medalists Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos, to place fifth.
In 2009, Gibb and Rosenthal had four second-place finishes in the first six AVP events before taking home the title in Manhattan Beach. They advanced to three semifinals after that. Each time, it was after suffering an early loss in the winner’s bracket. Internationally, the duo won a bronze medal in Poland and then placed ninth in the World Championships in Stavanger, Norway. Gibb finished the season ranked third on the Tour in hitting percentage (.450) and sixth in blocks per set (1.44). The pair played in six AVP events in 2010, finishing ninth or better in each one. After placing ninth in the season opener in Fort Lauderdale, Gibb and Rosenthal advanced to the finals in Santa Barbara, losing to Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers. On the FIVB Tour, the pair played in 10 events, placing the top-ten in seven events, including having a best finish of fifth four times in Prague, Gstaad, Klagenfurt and Stare Joblonki.
In 2012, Gibb and Rosenthal qualified for their second straight Olympics where they came in as the No. 4 seed. The duo went 2-1 in pool play and then won their first play-off match before being upset by Janis Smedins and Martins Plavins of Latvia to finish fifth. A week after the Olympics, Gibb and Rosenthal finished fourth in Stare Jablonki, Poland and ended the season atop the FIVB rankings. Gibb will begin a new partnership with Casey Patterson in 2013.
Gibb is one of the few players on the AVP Tour that did not play volleyball in college. Instead, the Bountiful, Utah native played golf and basketball. It was not until he turned 21 that he took up the sport of beach volleyball with his twin brother, Coleman. Gibb is the youngest of 11 children (six boys, five girls). He graduated from the University of Utah in 2002 with a degree in business. He and his wife, Jane, were married in 2000 and moved to southern California in 2002.