The Coaches

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Analicia Gonzales

Head Coach, 16s Travel Head Coach

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.

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Joe sota

Associate Head Coach, 15s Travel Head Coach

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.

Jaeda allen 

16s Travel Assistant Coach

Jaeda is a recent graduate of Barry University where she was an outside hitter earning AVCA Honorable Mention All-American and Sunshine State Conference Newcomer of Year honors. She set records at Barry, including being the first player in six years to reach 400 kills. Prior to playing for Barry, she was a two-time NJCAA National Champion at Blinn College in TX. 

 

Jaeda attended Chaparral High School in Las Vegas and has coached at the Las Vegas Nike Camp for three years. 

 

Jaeda teaches high school biology and chemistry and in her free time likes to travel to Houston and San Francisco to visit teammates.

Nicole ackatz

14s Travel Head Coach

I grew up in Elkhorn, Wisconsin where I was a three sport athlete competing in volleyball, basketball and softball. I moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota to attend Bethel University where I majored in Secondary Life Science Education, and I now teach 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. 

Meg Lavoie

15s Silver Head Coach, 12s Head Coach

Megan (Meg) Lavoie was born in Las Vegas and moved around multiple times growing up. She played volleyball, softball, and golf in over 4 different states growing up. She was recruited to Grays Harbor College in Washington state as a defensive specialist but quickly moved into the setter role where she was All-Conference and apart of the All-Star team. 

 

Meg also golfed in college for 2 years before returning home (Las Vegas). Once home she continued her education at UNLV and WGU in Elementary Education. 

Meg now teaches at Faith Lutheran Academy and will coach at Faith Lutheran High School this upcoming season. Before coaching at Faith and Sykora, Meg coached at Green Valley High School for 4 years and coached with Nevada Juniors for 2 years. 

When Meg is not coaching or teaching, you can find her out on the golf course or spending time with her friends and family. 

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Bre Hutchins

15s Travel Assistant Coach

Breanne (Bre) Hutchins is Vegas born and raised. She attended Basic High School and studied psychology at CSN and UNLV. Basketball was Bre’s first sport but only until she stumbled upon volleyball her freshman year, her love of the game has only grown since then.

Bre has been coaching volleyball for 5 years, with Vegas Pulse and Vegas Elite ages 9-15, as well as specialty training and conditioning clinics. She is a wellness advocate, weight-loss specialist, life and mental health coach, and yoga instructor. 

In her spare time Bre designs jewelry, enjoys working out, hiking, playing volleyball, and reading.