The 2017 season on the court was the Spartans' best in 11 years.
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.
In beach volleyball, the Roadrunners played their first season of sand volleyball in 2013, finishing with a 5-7 win-loss record. CSU Bakersfield played half of its 12-match schedule against top-five ranked teams nationally.
His other major college indoor volleyball experiences include serving as an assistant coach at Virginia Tech (2010), American University (2008 and 2009), Winthrop University (2005) and the University of Denver (2002). Winthrop won the 2005 Big South Conference championship. Shepardson also was a volunteer assistant the University of Florida in 2004. He began his coaching career as a student assistant at Baylor University in 1996 and held that position for two years.
Shepardson was the head coach of the Front Range Volleyball Club - Mountain Division from 2006 to 2008. He also was the assistant coach for Front Range's 18-Open National Championship team in 2002.
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).