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Eric Sato

Full name: Eric Anthony Teruo Sato
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10.5 (180 cm)
Weight: 161 lbs (73 kg)
Born: May 5, 1966 in Santa Monica, California, United States
Country: USA United States
Sport: Volleyball

Related Olympians: Brother of Liane Sato.

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Eric Sato played college volleyball at Pepperdine University. At only 180 cm (5-11), he was a back row specialist known for his defensive and setting abilities, and in his era, was considered the top defensive player in the world. Sato played on the USA team at the 1988 and 1992 Olympics, winning gold in 1988 and bronze in 1992. He also won gold medals at the 1986 World Championships and the 1987 Pan American Games, adding bronze medals at the 1994 Worlds and the 1991 World Cup. After the 1992 Olympics, he played professionally on the 4-man pro beach tour, where he was named Defensive Player of the Year in 1997.

Sato went into volleyball coaching, serving as head women’s coach at Grossmont College from 1998-2000. He later coached at Epic Volleyball Club, the [Karch Kiraly] Volleyball Academy, and at Francis Parker High School in San Diego. Sato’s sister, [Liane Sato], also played volleyball for the US at the 1988 and 1992 Olympics.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1988 Summer 22 Seoul Volleyball Men's Volleyball United States USA 1 Gold
1992 Summer 26 Barcelona Volleyball Men's Volleyball United States USA 3 Bronze

Men's Volleyball

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW IP
1988 Summer 22 Seoul Volleyball United States USA Final Round Match 1/2 1 1988-10-02 USA 3, URS 1 3 0
1988 Summer 22 Seoul Volleyball United States USA Semi-Finals Match #1 1 1988-09-30 USA 3, BRA 0 3 1
1988 Summer 22 Seoul Volleyball United States USA Group B Match #2 1 1988-09-17 USA 3, JPN 0 3 1
1988 Summer 22 Seoul Volleyball United States USA Group B Match #4 1 1988-09-19 USA 3, NED 1 3 0
1988 Summer 22 Seoul Volleyball United States USA Group B Match #7 1 1988-09-22 USA 3, ARG 2 3 4
1988 Summer 22 Seoul Volleyball United States USA Group B Match #10 1 1988-09-24 USA 3, FRA 0 3 0
1988 Summer 22 Seoul Volleyball United States USA Group B Match #14 1 1988-09-26 USA 3, TUN 0 3 1
1992 Summer 26 Barcelona Volleyball United States USA Final Round Match 3/4 1 1992-08-09 USA 3, CUB 1 3
1992 Summer 26 Barcelona Volleyball United States USA Semi-Finals Match #2 2 1992-08-07 BRA 3, USA 1 1
1992 Summer 26 Barcelona Volleyball United States USA Quarter-Finals Match #2 1 1992-08-05 USA 3, EUN 1 3
1992 Summer 26 Barcelona Volleyball United States USA Group A Match #1 2 1992-07-26 JPN 3, USA 1 1
1992 Summer 26 Barcelona Volleyball United States USA Group A Match #4 1 1992-07-28 USA 3, CAN 2 3
1992 Summer 26 Barcelona Volleyball United States USA Group A Match #9 1 1992-07-30 USA 3, ESP 2 3
1992 Summer 26 Barcelona Volleyball United States USA Group A Match #12 1 1992-08-01 USA 3, FRA 0 3
1992 Summer 26 Barcelona Volleyball United States USA Group A Match #15 1 1992-08-03 USA 3, ITA 1 3
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