USC has sent more athletes to the Olympic Games, and they have won more medals and gold medals, than any other U.S. university
Donald Suxho at the 2012 Olympics
Donald Suxho, one of USC's greatest players, is in his first year as an assistant men's volleyball coach at his alma mater.
Suxho, 26, won AVCA National Player of the Year and MPSF Player of the Year honors as a Trojan senior in 2000. The 2-time (1999-2000) All-American first teamer established the USC career record for aces (164) while starting 4 seasons (1997-2000) at setter. His 129 assists at Ohio State in 1997 set a since-broken NCAA match record. Turhan Douglas was an assistant at USC in 2000.
He then spent the summer of 2000 playing on the AVP beach circuit (getting a best of 25th place) before joining the USA national team for 2 years (2000-01). He participated in the World League (as the U.S. squad upset Brazil) and in a Japanese tournament.
He next (2001-02) played for a professional club team in Poland, Azs/Pzu Olstyn, earning Player of the Month honors once and being selected to the All-Star team.
In the summer of 2002, he returned to the AVP beach tour (placing as high as 17th with former Trojan Chris Guigliano). He also coached the Southern California Volleyball Club girls' 17 team in 2002 and taught beach volleyball classes in Manhattan Beach (Calif.).
A native of Albania, he was the starting setter for his country's national team (1995-96) and junior national team (1991-96). He was named the "Best Setter" at the 1993 Balkan Junior National Championships. He also played for the Skenderbeu club team from 1991 to 1996 that was coached by his father, Petraq (who was an assistant for the Albanian national team and the head coach of the country's junior national team), and the Studenti club team that won the 1996 Albanian national championship.
He prepped at Koci Bako High in Korce, Albania. He also played soccer and was a swimmer. His brother, Rando, also played volleyball in Albania.
He came to America in 1996 and lived in Massachusetts while searching for a college.
He earned his bachelor's degree in communication from USC in 2000.
He was born on Feb. 21, 1976. He and his fiance, Kim Neale-May, have a 2-year-old son, Shane.