Picked to lead the SFA's beach volleyball program is head coach Alex Luna who joins SFA following a two-year stint as the assistant beach volleyball coach at San Jose State University. While on the Spartans’ staff, Luna also served as an assistant coach for the indoor volleyball program.
Throughout his career he has been involved with both Indoor and Beach USAV High Performance National Team Selection Camps and Tryouts, most recently being selected as the Head Coach of the U19 National Training Team. With the U19's, Luna led the training and development for the top 24 U19 beach players in the country, all vying for a spot in the top 2 pairs. Luna stays very involved in coaching education and has gone through his second Beach Coaching Accreditation Program (BCAP II), also having published multiple articles in both AVCA and USAV publications. He also works a number of camps during the summer including serving as a court coach at TCU, Beach and Indoor camps in Texas, Florida, Wisconsin, Toronto, and California.
With Luna on staff at SJSU, the Spartans captured the beach program’s first marquee victory in 2017 when they upended 18th-ranked California. Following that victory, the Spartans found themselves receiving votes in the AVCA Top 20 Coaches Poll for the first time in program history.
Luna’s indoor accolades during his two seasons in San Jose include helping lead the Spartans to an upset of 21st-ranked Colorado State in 2017, as well as wins against Pepperdine and Santa Clara. Primarily working as an offensive coordinator with the team’s middle blockers and setters, Luna helped prep two-time All-Mountain West middle blocker Nandyala Gama and All-Mountain West setter Breann Robinson in 2017. In 2018, Middle Blocker Thaliana Grajeda took home an All-Mountain West Honorable Mention choice.
In 2018 he was selected as the Assistant Coach for the Mountain West All-Star team where they finished 2nd in the 2018 Global Challenge (behind the Collegiate National team).
He also worked at John Paul II High School in Richardson, Texas, as a varsity assistant and junior varsity coach.
Luna began his coaching career in club volleyball with Club Max in the North Texas Region where he was the 15s National assistant coach. He coached for Texas Volleyball Training on the beach side and qualified multiple pairs for the beach nationals.
Later, he left Club Max to help create Arete Athletics where he served as the 16s National head coach. The team recorded two third-place finishes and seven top-10 finishes while achieving a top-20 ranking over 140 clubs. Off the court, Luna also served as the marketing assistant for the club. He also continued to coach beach with the Texas Volleyball Training and The Beach at Craig Ranch.
A native of Dallas, Texas, Luna played club volleyball as an outside hitter at UT Dallas and got his start on the collegiate coaching scene by serving as an undergraduate assistant coach for that institution in 2014. He stays active in the beach, having earned his AAA rating in the CBVA, continuing to acquire AVP points, as well as traveling every year to compete in the largest Outdoor Volleyball tournaments in the country. He most recently won the Chicago Summer Luau Grass Tournament and previously won at The Waupaca Boatride tournament in Wisconsin.