Paul Sunderland Biography, Age, Wife, Children, Career, Awards, and Net worth

Paul Sunderland

Paul Sunderland 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. Additionally,  he 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.


In 1975 Sunderland was welcome to go for the U.S. National group and made the cut for the formative squad. After the US group neglected to meet all requirements for the 1976 Olympic games Sunderland climbed to the “A” squad. He contended in the group throughout the following four years.

At the USVBA national competition, he won U.S. Player of the Year grants in 1977, 1979 and 1982. In a global challenge, the US national group again neglected to fit the bill for the Olympic recreations, this time held in Moscow in 1980.

The US had boycotted the amusements, making the inability to qualify a disputable issue, yet unmistakably the groups the US set up together after the USVBA nationals were never again sufficient to contend on the worldwide level.

In 1977 the program contracted the previous player Doug Beal as a full-time mentor of the U.S. Men’s National Group. He turned into the main thrust for building up a full-time, year-around volleyball preparing focus. The office was made in Dayton, Ohio, in 1978.

Be that as it may, California was the hotbed of volleyball ability at the time, and a large number of the country’s top players were not willing to participate in the national group on the off chance that it implied they needed to migrate to Dayton. In 1981 the instructional hub was moved to San Diego, California, alongside the national group program.

Presently a veteran, Sunderland had formed into a strong all-around player. In San Diego, he was joined on the national group by a gathering of the top university ability from the California zone, 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 tip-top groups. The turnaround finished with the Gold Award at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

Playing at the Olympic diversions and winning the gold award were lifetime accomplishments for Sunderland, earned toward the finish of many long stretches of exertion. Said partner Kiraly: “It’s something he truly needed and it was extremely flawless to see that one of the most established folks in the group was additionally the most energized.”

Paul Sunderland

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. 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.

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. Said Marlowe: “I can ask Paul anything on the air, at any time, and he always has an answer.”

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.  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.  Sunderland later served as an anchor on the Fox Sports Network.

 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. He was only the second announcer ever hired by the team.  He announced for the Lakers through 2005. 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.

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 an analyst. He has worked doing the NBC Sports Group’s summer Olympic Games coverage since the 1992 Games in Barcelona. Sunderland currently serves as a play-by-play announcer for both volleyball and men’s basketball on ESPN’s Longhorn Network.

Paul Sunderland ESPN

Veteran broadcaster and Olympic athlete Paul Sunderland returned to ESPN in 2012 as a play-by-play announcer for Men’s basketball and volleyball on Longhorn Network.

Sunderland began his broadcasting career in 1985, following an 11-year stint as an Olympic athlete. The personal highlight of his athletic career was being named USA Volleyball player of the year in 1982, and he won a Gold Medal in Volleyball at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles.

Since that time, Sunderland has built one of the most successful and versatile careers in sports broadcasting. He has worked extensively in his sport of volleyball, as well as in basketball, and covered Pac-10 basketball on ESPN starting in 1993.


Paul Sunderland Age

He was born as Paul Benedict Sunderland on March 29, 1952. Sunderland was born in  Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, CA.  Additionally, he grew up in Sherman Oaks, in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles, California.

Paul Sunderland Education

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.

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.

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. Sunderland developed into one of Loyola’s top volleyball players and earned All-America honors while playing there.

Paul Sunderland Wife

Paul is a happily married man. he is happily married to the love of his life Maud-Ann. 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. Sunderland lives in Southern California with his wife,

Paul Sunderland Awards

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

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

Paul Sunderland’s Net Worth

Paul Sunderland’s estimated Net Worth, Salary, Income, Cars, Lifestyles & much more details have been updated below.

According to many Online resources, Paul Sunderland’s estimated net worth $1 Million – $10 Million (Approx.).

Estimated Current Net Worth $1 Million – $10 Million
Previous Year’s Approx. Net Worth $500K – $1 Million
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