Nick Lucena attended Florida State University, where he graduated with a degree in Sports Management. Nick and Phil Dalhausser started and are ending their careers together – Nick made his AVP Main Draw debut in 2003 at Belmar with Phil. Nick now has 14 AVP tournament wins to his name, with his first coming in 2005. Lucena was named both the AVP’s Most Improved Player and Best Defensive Player in 2008.
After partnering up with Phil in 2015, the best friends found major success on both the AVP and FIVB Tours. They qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympics and earned a 5th place at the Games. Since then, they’ve been among the top teams in the AVP and the World, earning AVP Team of the Year in 2017. Their sights are also set on the Tokyo Olympics. Nick is married to former AVP pro and current FSU Beach Volleyball Head Coach Brooke Niles, and they have two sons Gunner and Cole.