Whether it’s coaching, playing or just watching, Coach Nicole has a passion for volleyball! As a player, she played 4 years of high school volleyball for Buckeye Union High School and one year of club volleyball for West Valley Juniors in their inaugural season. Some of her best childhood memories and lifelong friends are from participating in organized sports, whether it was volleyball, basketball or tennis. As an adult, Nicole has enjoyed playing in many competitive and recreational leagues, both sand and court volleyball.
Nicole was a volunteer coach with the City of Goodyear and Estrella Youth Sports for 5 seasons coaching multiple teams in each season. She has also coached and planned summer clinics with Club Nexus, 2015-2019. Her coaching experience expands ages 7-16 for junior volleyball, both competitively and recreationally. In partnership with Coach Lance and Coach Janelle, she also coached 4 teams of various ages in the Play Right Volleyball League in 2018, where two teams took the Silver Medal! In the Fall of 2019, once again, Nexus coaches joined forces to coach 4 teams in the Play Right Volleyball League where two teams finished with Silver Medals and Coach Nicole’s Black team went undefeated for the season and won the Gold Medal!
Nicole absolutely loves everything about volleyball and she started coaching as a way to interact with her daughter on the court. She has learned that her enthusiasm and love for the game encourages players to both enjoy the game and want to play it well. As a coach, she’s learned to find balance between fun and discipline. Nicole wants players to improve their game and grow, but to also understand what it’s like to be a part of a team and the joy that can bring in life beyond your youth.
Nicole is IMPACT and Safesport certified and has completed concussion training as well as First Aid/CPR certifications. In 2018, Nicole completed the CAP I certification offered by USA Volleyball as a way to continue her education as a coach. In Fall of 2019, Nicole will continue this certification with CAP II training. She also serves on the Coaching Committee for Club Nexus, a group of veteran coaches who mentor other Nexus coaches throughout the season.
Accomplishments by Season
2016-2017 Nexus Fury 12 Regional finished 20th overall in the region.
2017-2018 Nexus Fury 12 National finished 15th overall in the region
1st place at Yuma Jailbreak
3rd place at Ignite the Cure
Strong finishes at Cactus Classic, Festival Fiesta, Red Rock Rave and Festival.
2018-2019 Nexus Fury 13 National finished 9th overall in the region
1st Place at Ignite the Cure
4th at Cactus Classic
4th at Yuma Jailbreak
5th Place at Red Rock Rave National Qualifier
11th Overall at Festival Fiesta Classic