In 2017, Jolene Shepardson led the San Jose State Spartans to the most successful regular season (17-12 overall and 9-9 in the Mountain West) since 2006. In addition, Jolene helped San José State volleyball players Nandyala Gama and Breann Robinson be selected to the 2017 All-Mountain West Conference volleyball team.
In the classroom, the team has earned 12 Mountain Scholar Athlete accolades and 22 Academic All-Mountain West honors in three years. Jamie Hirai and Julie Sam have been honored as first team Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholars in 2015-16 and 2016-17.
Shepardson took over the program at CSU Bakersfield in 2011 season and coached a 0-31 team in 2010 to an 8-18 record in her first year. The improved number of 10.5, determined by adding the difference in victories between the two seasons to the difference in losses and dividing by two, was the sixth-best improvement in the NCAA. The 2012 team continued the upward progression, finishing with a 14-17 record in the team's final season as an NCAA Division I Independent. Her 2013 team ended the season with a 21-12 overall record and 12-4 mark in the Western Athletic Conference, setting a school record for the most wins in a season. The team finished second in the WAC regular-season standings and advanced to the championship match of the WAC Tournament. Three Roadrunners earned first or second team All-WAC honors for their play, and four players received Academic All-WAC honors.
As a collegiate player at the University of South Florida, the former Jolene Patton helped the Bulls win two Conference USA Regular-Season Co-Championships (2000 and 2002) and make two NCAA Tournament appearances those seasons. The 2002 team advanced to the second round of the tournament, sweeping Florida State in the first round before losing to host Florida 3-1.
She and her husband, Aaron, have two daughters Mirabelle (5) and Marielle (2) and a son McCoy (3).
Aaron Shepardson is in his fourth season as the associate head coach for the San José State women's indoor volleyball team in addition to serving as the Spartan beach volleyball head coach.
Shepardson has improved all facets of the game for Spartan players. San José State was one of the top-five blocking teams in the Mountain West in 2016. Nandyala Gama was an honorable mention All-MW selection in 2016 and was one of the top blockers in the conference at 1.23 per set. She recorded the second-highest season block assists total at San José State with 128, while her 137 total blocks are tied for sixth-best in a season.
As head coach of the beach program, Shepardson has grown the program from inception to its fourth season. After a struggle to win in the beginning, the Spartans have posted at least seven wins each of the past two years and upset nationally-ranked California three times.
A native of Littleton, Colo., Shepardson graduated from Baylor in 1998 with a degree in psychology. He played on Baylor's men's volleyball club as an outside hitter and setter and was a member of the USA Men's National Volleyball team in 2000 and 2001. In 2003, Shepardson played professionally in Indonesia and Belgium.
His wife is San José State women's indoor volleyball head coach Jolene Shepardson. The couple have three children – Mirabelle (5), McCoy (3) and Marielle (2).
Alex Luna takes the role of Assistant Coach for both Volleyball and Beach Volleyball for the San José State team. On the beach side, Luna is responsible for the training of the beach athletes as well as recruiting for the beach team. He helped lead the Spartans through a tough schedule facing multiple top 10 ranked teams as well as a win over #18 Cal-Berkeley which earned the team votes breaking into the top 20.
Luna brings an extensive volleyball coaching background to the Spartan program. He has been involved with both Indoor and Beach High Performance National Team tryouts. Luna stays very involved in coaching education and has gone through the Beach Coaching Accreditation Program (BCAP II).
During his playing career, he was an outside hitter at UT Dallas for the men’s club team. Luna also saw time at setter and libero. During his collegiate career, he helped to grow the indoor and outdoor men’s game in the South. The club finished fourth at the SIVA Championships his senior year. He also worked as a club official in the North Texas Region.
Fourth season at San José State…2014-15 Mountain West Scholar Athlete.
MOUNTAIN WEST ALL-STAR TEAM: Part of the 2017 Mountain West All-Star team that finished second at the 2017 European Global Challenge…played with teammate Nandyala Gama.
2017: Played in 29 matches and 106 sets… averaged 10.42 assists per set… 72 kills on the season… 23 aces… 190 digs… total of 84 blocks, 11 solo… Ranked 5th player in school history with a career of 2,565 total assists. Six double-doubles on the season… One of four in school history to be awarded All-MW honors, being named 2017 MW first-team honoree with teammate Nandyala Gama.
2016: Played in 30 matches and 111 sets...averaged 8.55 assists per set… Ninth player in school history to record 63 assists in a match…six double-doubles on the season… named to the Flo Hyman Collegiate Cup All-Tournament team.
2015: Played in 10 matches and 33 sets...averaged 8.33 assists per set...career-best 40 assists against UC Riverside… first collegiate double-double with 38 assists and 11 digs to start the year against Cal Poly.
2014: Saw action in 26 matches and 72 sets...saw most action at setter but also playing on the right side...averaging 3.28 assists and 1.04 digs per set… solo blocks against Sacramento State and at Boise State and Nevada.
HIGH SCHOOL: Played four seasons at Summerville High School…Mother Lode League’s 2013 Most Outstanding Player of the Year…All-Area MVP in 2012… Mother Lode League’s 2011 First-team honoree and League MVP… Played for Rage Volleyball Club 2011-2013.
PERSONAL: A communication studies major… Academic All-Mountain West honoree…likes being outdoors and meeting new people…youngest of four children…Breann Christine Robinson was born in Merced, Calif.