If you’re already missing the excitement of beach volleyball from the 2012 Olympics, hang on — Green Wave women’s sand volleyball is returning for its second year with new head coach Alan Segal, who is a veteran beach volleyball player and referee, and matches at Coconut Beach in nearby Kenner, La.
A longtime beach volleyball referee, Alan Segal officiates at a match on the pro tour. He is the new head coach for the Tulane women’s sand volleyball team. (Photo from Alan Segal)
Fans of the up-and-coming sport will have to wait until spring 2013 for sand competition by the Tulane team, the university’s newest varsity sport, but Segal
is promising an exciting season.
Sand volleyball brings with it a beach-like party atmosphere complete with music. “It’s a fun sport and a fun experience that makes the sport enjoyable to the fans,” says Segal, who played on the pro beach volleyball tour and was one of the higher-ranked beach volleyball officials in the United States. He has 12 years of head coaching experience in collegiate-level volleyball.
With the U.S. women’s team winning gold and silver medals at the Olympics, he feels the sport is on the move. Segal says that the 22 Coconut Beach courts in Kenner are “packed with beach volleyball players every day of the week. Hopefully we can tap into that and have those people support us when we play in the spring.”
Tulane debuted its new team
this spring after the NCAA approved sand volleyball as a new sport. The new Green Wave team won just one contest. In the spring, Segal, along with assistant Jaye Loyd, will field the first four “sand recruits” who will play only sand volleyball, supplementing them with members from the Tulane indoor volleyball team. A total of 10 players are needed, playing in five teams of two each.
“We’re starting from scratch — it will take a few years to get it where you want it to be,” says Segal, who also serves as top assistant to the indoor team. “I’m excited to have it going.”