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Birthdate: June 11, 1982
Hometown: Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Resides: Culver City, Calif.
Height: 6’ 1"
College: Pierce Junior College/Pepperdine
BEST FINISH / WINNINGS
Domestic: 1st $209,607.50
International: 17th (2 times) $6,700.00
Total: 1st $216,307.50
John Mayer comes into the 2013 season as a 10-year veteran of the game who got his start when he debuted in the 2003 Hermosa Beach qualifier with partner Yariv Lerner. He then went on to collect his first paycheck the following year at Huntington Beach when he and partner, Dan Mintz, finished 25th.
In 2006, Mayer began his partnership with Brad Keenan, who was his former collegiate teammate at Pepperdine. Playing in the qualifier for their first five events, they had a record-setting performance at Hermosa Beach in their fifth event of the year. There, Mayer and Keenan won three qualifier matches earning themselves a spot in the main draw. The duo continued to win, eventually finishing 3rd, tying the highest finish in AVP history by a qualifier team. That performance secured an automatic bid to the main draw for the pair for the remainder of the season. Immediately following Hermosa Beach, Mayer and Matt Prosser competed in the World University Games in Cyprus, claiming a Bronze medal.
Mayer won his first AVP title in 2009 in San Diego with partner Jeff Nygaard. The duo came into the event as the seventh seed and became the lowest-seeded team to win an AVP event since seventh-seeded Todd Rogers and Sean Scott did it in 2005 at Boulder.
In 2012, Mayer teamed back up with Brad Keenan to compete in both AVP events. At Cincinnati, the pair won their first two matches before falling to eventual champions Sean Scott and John Hyden, dropping them into the contender’s bracket. Mayer and Keenan then beat Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal before losing to Matt Fuerbringer and Nick Lucena in the semifinals to finish third.
The next weekend at the AVP Championships, the pair advanced all the way to the championship match, winning all three pool play matches before defeating Fuerbringer and Lucena in the semifinals. Mayer and Keenan then faced Gibb and Rosenthal in the finals, but couldn’t pull out the victory, finishing second.
Mayer started out playing college volleyball at Los Angeles Pierce Community College, where he led the team to the 2002 California State Championships while earning MVP honors in the conference as well as the tournament. He then transferred to Pepperdine University where he immediately became the starting setter. Mayer transferred positions, briefly spending time at libero, before moving to the opposite hitter and was a starter on the 2005 National Championship team. Mayer left Pepperdine as fourth all-time in career assists and seventh in career digs. During his beach volleyball career, he has partnered with three College National Players of the Year (Jeff Nygaard, 1994, 1995; Brad Keenan, 2002; Sean Rooney, 2005).
Mayer is currently the head men’s volleyball coach at Santa Monica College. He was named the Co-Western State Conference Coach of the Year in guiding the team to the 2008 conference championship.