Entering her third season with the program, head coach Brooke Niles has shaped Florida State beach volleyball into one of the most elite teams in the country, establishing the Seminoles as a national contender every year and a fixture in the AVCA Beach Top-20. In only three seasons with Niles at the helm, the Seminoles have earned two NCAA National Runner-Up titles and secured three consecutive Coastal Collegiate Sports Association (CCSA) conference championships.
Niles has led the Seminoles to 30 AVCA Top-10 wins in her three seasons, and since taking over the program prior to the 2016 season, Florida State has gone undefeated against every East Coast team without a single loss to a CCSA team since joining the conference.
Since establishing the program as a powerhouse in the NCAA beach volleyball community, the Seminoles have seen a number of top performers come through the program to play for Niles. She has led six AVCA All-Americans (Julie Brown and Jace Pardon in 2016, Leigh Andrew and Brooke Kuhlman in 2017, and Vanessa Freire and Tory Paranagua in 2018), one CCSA Pair of the Year (Brown/Pardon, 2016) two CCSA Freshmen of the Year (Nikki Esposito in 2016 and Francesca Goncalves in 2017), and 14 All-CCSA performers (Brown/Pardon in 2016, Paranagua/Pellitteri in 2016, Andrew/Kuhlman in 2017, Freire/Paranagua in 2018, Horton/Luke in 2018).
Niles is married to Nick Lucena, a Florida State graduate, professional beach volleyball player on the AVP Tour and Olympian in the 2016 Olympics in Rio. They have two children, Gunnar and Cole.