Name: Nick Lucena
Sport: Volleyball
Discipline(s): Beach Volleyball
Height: 6-1
DOB: 9/22/1979
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
College: Florida State, Sport Management 2003
Olympic Experience
  • 2016, fifth
Other Career Highlights
  • Finished fifth at the 2016 Rio Olympics with Phil Dalhausser, eliminated in the quarterfinals by Brazil
  • Has five FIVB gold medals, all with Phil Dalhausser
  • Placed fourth at the 2015 Beach World Championships with Theo Brunner, lost the bronze medal match to Brazil
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  • With Dalhausser, won four FIVB World Tour events in 2016 and two AVP tournaments
  • Seeded #3 at the Olympics with Phil Dalhausser. Duo finished 5th at the Rio Olympics, going 4-1, falling 21-14, 12-21, 15-9 to Brazil's Alison/Bruno in the quarterfinals
  • In 2016 Olympic qualification, won six FIVB World Tour events and placed in the top three on 10 occasions
  • Placed second at the FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam with Dalhausser, their first World Tour event together since 2005 and Lucena's second podium finish of 2015. Followed Long Beach with a fifth-place showing at the Olsztyn Grand Slam
  • Finished second with Phil Dalhausser at the 2015 AVP Seattle Open, it was their first event together since Sept. 11, 2011 at the NVL Miami event which they won
  • Played in nine tournaments with partner Theo Brunner, their lone podium finish was third at the 2015 St. Petersburg Grand Slam with Theo Brunner, bumping their World Tour ranking to 17th following the event and heading into the World Championships
  • Top finishes in 2014 included finishing second at the World Tour Berlin with Ryan Doherty. With Doherty, placed fifth in The Hague and with Brunner placed fifth in Mangaung
  • With Fuerbringer finished fourth at the 2012 Grand Slam in Rome, where Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal won the tournament and the second U.S. Olympic slot
  • 2010-12 partnered with Matt Fuerbringer for the FIVB World Tour
  • With Brad Keenan in 2009, played in four FIVB events and placed 17th at the World Championships in Stavanger
  • Between 2005 and 08 partnered with Sean Scott and Phil Dalhausser
Personal: Graduated from Florida State University with a degree in sports management...Married to Brooke Niles, the Florida State beach volleyball head coach and 2016 AVCA National Coach of the Year...Has a son, Gunner, with wife Brooke Niles...Sister played soccer at Florida Atlantic

Related Links
Team USA - U.S. Olympic Men's Beach Volleyball Team deep in experience
Miami Herald - Brazilian teams capture men’s, women’s titles at SWATCH FIVB World event
Sun-Sentinel - Brazil Sweeps Beach Volleyball Finals
NBC Sports - Alison, Bruno rout Phil Dalhausser, Nick Lucena in FIVB World Tour Finals title match VIDEO - Phil Dalhausser & Nick Lucena – FIVB World Tour Finals
Inside the games - Dalhausser and Lucena light up home crowd to move one win away from FIVB World Tour Finals title

USA Volleyball Men's Beach Player of the Year (2015)
USA Volleyball's Beach Team of the Year (2015 Phil Dalhausser)
AVP Best Defensive Player (2014, 2008)
AVP Most Improved Player (2008)

Updated Dec., 2016