June 7, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - On the heels of a learning season during its inaugural year on the beach, the Tulane University sand volleyball program has named Alan Segal head coach for the 2013 season.
Segal joins the Green Wave family from Savannah College of Art & Design where he served as an assistant coach last season and brings 12 years of head coaching experience and 284 career collegiate victories to the uptown campus. Segal will take over for Jaye Loyd, who served as acting head coach of the Tulane program in 2012 and will remain as an assistant for the upcoming year. In addition to heading up the sand volleyball team, Segal will also serve as the top assistant to the Green Wave's indoor team where he will assist in all training, handle the setters, provide input for match preparation and strategy as well as oversee recruiting.
"I am extremely excited to join the Tulane volleyball program," Segal said. "The city of New Orleans is such a historic area and the University is so highly regarded nationally and this will no doubt help in recruiting as we work hard to take the both the sand and indoor teams to the next level. I am thankful to Director of Athletics Rick Dickson and Director of Volleyball Sinisa Momic for the opportunity and I look forward to working with them for the upcoming season and beyond."
No stranger to Tulane and Conference USA, Segal was a member of the UAB staff during the 2008 season. That year, the Blazers finished runner-up to the Green Wave in the regular-season standings and lost to Tulane in the C-USA Championship title match. With a 27-8 overall record and a 13-3 mark in league play, UAB earned an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament and picked up the school's first-ever postseason victory with a 3-0 decision over Missouri State before losing to eventual national champion Nebraska in the second round.
During that time, Segal led the team to a combined 233-104 record and a 95-23 showing in Peach Belt Conference action. Along the way, he helped the Pirates to 20-win seasons each year, including a pair of 30-plus win campaigns, and earned NCAA Division II Volleyball Championship bids from 2000-05.
Segal's squads at AASU earned Peach Belt Conference regular-season titles in 2005 and 2006, and eight of his student-athletes were named to the AVCA All-South Region Team. Among 25 players to earn All-Peach Belt Conference honors under his watch, Segal helped three student-athletes - Kris Bringewatt in 1999, Sarah Haynes in 2000, and Traci Knuth in both 2005 and 2006 - claimed PBC Player of the Year honors while Lindsey Ehlers claimed PBC Freshman of the Year distinction in 1999.
The PBC Coach of the Year in 1999, 2000 and 2005, Segal guided Armstrong Atlantic State to the No. 21 spot in the Division II Poll in 2004 and a No. 24 showing in 2000. In addition to his duties on the court, Segal was also in charge of the Pirate Club - a fund-raising branch for the department of athletics - for six seasons, and oversaw game-day operations for soccer, basketball and baseball.
Segal earned his first collegiate head coaching job at Michigan Tech where he posted a 40-31 overall record from 1997-98. His 1997 Huskies team qualified for the NCAA Division II Championship and finished the year ranked 23rd in the country. Segal worked as an assistant coach at Florida Southern from 1994-96, where he helped the Mocs advanced to play in a pair of NCAA Tournaments, and spent the 2010 season as the head coach at Eastern Illinois before moving back to Armstrong Atlantic and accepting a dual-role at SCAD.
In addition, Segal has also accumulated coaching experience as head girl's coach at Agoura High School (1989-92), where he led the team to the Division 3A finals in the California Interscholastic Federation in 1989; assistant men's coach for Pierce Junior College in Woodland Hills, Calif. (1989-91); assistant women's coach at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill. (1988-89); assistant women's coach at Delta Junior College in Stockton, Calif. (1983-84); assistant women's coach at Cosummes River College in Sacramento, Calif. (1982); and assistant girls' coach at Cordova High School in Rancho Cordova, Calif. (1980).
"It's great to have Alan Segal joining us," Momic said. "He can help us on many levels, bringing his experience and knowledge to both the indoor and sand volleyball teams. I am really looking forward to start working with Alan and seeing how far we can take both programs."
Away from the college game, Segal has served as an assistant volleyball coach for the U.S. Men's Team at the 2010 World Club Championships in Doha, Qatar, the USA Men's Maccabiah Games in 1997 and 1993, and the USA Women's Maccabiah Games in 1985 - claiming the silver medal in 1985 and the bronze in 1993. He also was the head coach for the men's team at the USA Maccabiah Games three different times, leading his squad to silver medals in 2001 and 2009 while claiming the bronze in 2005.
Segal has 24 years of officiating experience - 16 at the college and junior college level, three at the high school level and six at the USVBA level. He was an official at the NJCAA National Finals in 1994 and 1995 and has served as a referee on the Professional Beach Tour since 1988.
A native of Southern California, Segal earned his bachelor's degree in recreation administration with a minor in physical education from Sacramento State in 1982. As an undergrad, he played varsity basketball and baseball as well as club volleyball.
"We are very fortunate to bring in a coach with the experience and levels of success that Alan has achieved throughout his career," Maria Woods, Tulane Senior Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator, added. "He brings a lot of energy to the position and we could not be more excited to welcome Alan to the Tulane family."