Most recently, he coached the Mexico U-23 team that won the Football Gold Medal at the London 2012 Olympics. This was the first time Mexico won any Olympic medal for football, and in the process by beating Brazil in the final match, they deprived Brazil of winning their first Olympic gold medal.
After retiring as a player, Tena began his coaching career in 1994 with Cruz Azul, a squad which he has guided on three separate occasions. Aside from stints at Cruz Azul and Morelia, Tena has coached Santos Laguna, Chiapas and Tecos UAG. His brother, Alfredo Tena, a former Club América player and manager, served as an assistant coach for Luis. On 16 March 2008 Tena was named the new coach of Monarcas Morelia, he was fired on 20 February 2009 and was later named as the Head Coach to Chiapas on 6 May 2009.