Head Coach, 12s
Elizabeth Rice grew up in Spokane, WA where she began playing volleyball when she was 10 years old. She has not stopped since. Growing up she also enjoyed playing basketball and running track. She attended BYU-Idaho where she continued playing and also helped coach the men's club team while attending school.
Elizabeth coached high school girls for two years in Idaho before moving to Las Vegas. She was the head coach at Bonanza High School for 5 years before having her new baby girl, Nora. Elizabeth enjoys playing beach volleyball, pickleball, hiking and quite frankly anything that is a sport or involves outside. She is excited about coaching and helping to create the passion and love for the game.
Head Coach, 14 Silver
Kayla started playing volleyball when she was 6 years old. Her family moved to Las Vegas and she played for the Nevada Juniors volleyball club in the early 2000’s. As she grew up and continued to play, she made three Southern California High Performance Select teams.
Kayla went to Tucson, AZ, won the gold medal in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, traveled and played with the Global Challenge team (Montenegro, Bosnia, Croatia, Slovenia, Italy). She then joined the USA pipeline when she started high school and attended a training camp in Colorado. Kayla was then selected for two USA rosters and went to Iowa and Florida.
Kayla went to Elon University in North Carolina. After graduating in 2017, she played professionally in Germany and traveled around to Slovenia and Austria to play as well. She returned to Las Vegas and has now blessed the Sykora Academy with her knowledge of the game.
Assistant Coach, 14 Silver
Analicia (Ana) grew up in El Paso, TX where she was a multi-sport athlete. She was recruited to Wayland Baptist University as an MB, but moved to OH where she was All-Conference and All-Region. She tore her ACL before her Senior year, but came back to break the school's kill record.
Ana also played basketball for one year in college before going on to earn her degree in Exercise Sports Science and coaching the volleyball team as a Grad Assistant.
Ana moved to Las Vegas three years ago with her husband and big dogs. She is an Assistant Coach at Green Valley High School and has also coached with the Nevada Jrs.
When Ana is not coaching volleyball, you might find her court side doing basketball stats for the WNBA or at many of the other basketball events held in Las Vegas.
Head Coach, 14 gold
Nicole grew up in Elkhorn, Wisconsin where she was a three sport athlete competing in volleyball, basketball and softball. Nicole moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota to attend Bethel University where she majored in Secondary Life Science Education, and now teaches middle school science. While at Bethel, I was a member of the volleyball team from 2010-2013 where I was an outside hitter, and had the privilege of being a part of the NCAA tournament in 2011.
My love for volleyball continued after my years playing, and I became an assistant coach at Bethel University for 6 seasons. I quickly realized I loved developing players and wanted to pursue head coaching opportunities at a club level. I have had 5 years of experience being a head coach and working with athletes from ages 15-18. In addition, I enjoy working with athletes on individual skill development through private lessons.
I have a tremendous love for the game of volleyball. There aren’t many things that I enjoy more than being in the gym with athletes, passing on my love and knowledge for the game and watching them grow and develop as athletes and people.
Assistant Coach, 14 gold
Nickelles volleyball career started in the bleachers when she was in the sixth grade. Her family went to watch two of her older cousins play in their first high school match of the season at Palo Verde. As she watched them play, She was instantly mesmerized by the game, and she loved that I could practically feel the energy radiating from the court. She told her mother, “I want to do that,” and so she did.
She began going to intramurals at Palo over the summer, even though she wasn’t in high school yet, and learned as much as she could. When she was in the seventh grade she began playing club volleyball, which she continued to play until she graduated. She also played on all three teams (B, JV, and Varsity) throughout her years at Palo Verde, until she graduated and went on to play for two more years at the College of Southern Nevada (CSN).
Her coaching career began while she was still playing at CSN. She began coaching a local club team during her second semester, which taught her more about the game than all of her previous seven years of playing. She began spending as much time as she could with other coaches that she knew in order to expand her knowledge. Working with so many coaches allowed her to continue to grow as both a coach, and a player.
She completed her second year of college as a student-athlete. After graduating, She was given the opportunity to coach at Cheyenne High School, where she still coaches today. Coaching both club and high school volleyball has taught me her so much about the game that she loves, and being able to teach the game to younger students is one of her greatest joys in life. She is excited to see where her journey at Sykora Academy will take not only herself, but all of the amazing players that she will have the privilege to work with.
Head Coach, 17s
Joe Sota grew up In Reno, Nevada where he first started playing volleyball at the age of fifteen in a PE class his sophomore year in high school. He immediately loved the sport and spent much of his time trying to learn more and play as much as he could without any boys’ volleyball programs at the high school or club level in northern Nevada. By his senior year, he was scrimmaging against the UNR Men’s club team and playing grass doubles events in the NCVA.
He began his coaching career at North Valleys High School in Reno ten years ago, when his daughter entered high school. He then began coaching at Silverstate Volleyball Club the same year. He has coached high school volleyball for seven years and at the club level for 14’s through 18’s with Silverstate Volleyball Club, Vegas Elite, Nevada Juniors and Sykora Academy.
Assistant Coach, 17s
Rebecca grew up playing multiple sports and ended up loving volleyball most. Growing up in Hawai'i she played within the PAL leagues and for KIS before moving to Las Vegas, Nevada. She played club volleyball for Nevada Juniors from 2004-2006 and Club Vegas from 2006-2008.
Rebecca went to Yavapai College in Prescott, Arizona and competed in the ACCAC for the NJCAA. She has coached for numerous CCSD high school programs & CSA of Nevada, she has been an SNOA official, and currently works with the SCVA. Rebecca has experience working with athletes from ages 8-18 on basic and individual skill development.