Pepperdine opens defense of its national title on Friday morning vs. Georgia State.
The Waves hosts the 49ers on Wednesday, before concluding the regular season in Hermosa Beach this weekend.
Pepperdine in action twice more at home, April 4 and April 8, before concluding the regular season at the USAV Collegiate Challenge in Hermosa Beach.
The Waves play in Honolulu for the first time in program history this weekend, but face familiar foes in Hawaii and Loyola Marymount.
The Waves will host four events on the home sand of Zuma Beach in 2015.
Pepperdine def. Florida State, 4-1, in the quarterfinals of the AVCA National Championship (Photos by Bobby McDuffie)
Waves top Florida State to reclaim the national championship crown. (Photos by Xtreme Photo FX/Bobby McDuffie)
Sand Volleyball: Pepperdine vs. Long Beach State (Photos by Ron Hall)
Pepperdine at USAV Collegiate Challenge in Hermosa Beach (Photos by Tyler Daugherty/USAV)
Pepperdine def. Florida State 3-2 in the semifinals of the AVCA National Championship
An expert in both indoor and beach volleyball, Marcio Sicoli enters his eighth season with the Waves in 2015-16.
Sicoli was a member of the indoor volleyball coaching staff for six seasons from 2008-13. He now focusses solely on the beach game, where he has been Nina Matthies’ assistant coach since the sport emerged in the spring of 2012.
In his four seasons with the sand squad, the Waves have taken home the AVCA National Championship title twice.
Sicoli tutored Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor, arguably the best beach volleyball duo of all time, during the 2012 Olympics in London. Walsh Jennings and May-Treanor entered the Games as the No. 3 seed, and went a perfect 7-0 to claim an unprecedented third-straight gold medal. He continues to train Walsh Jennings and April Ross as the pair sets their sights on the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Prior to London, Sicoli served as the assistant coach for the Waves during the inaugural year of collegiate sand volleyball. After an undefeated season, Pepperdine captured the AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Championship in Gulf Shores, Ala. The team’s top pair of Caitlin Racich and Summer Ross won the individual pairs championship.
Pepperdine reached the finals of the sand national championship once again in 2013 after finishing the regular season with an 18-0 record.
Since joining the Waves’ staff in 2008, the indoor squad has posted a record of 116-57 (.671), won one West Coast Conference Championship and reached the NCAA Tournament three times.
Pepperdine has gone a combined 65-8 (.890) in beach volleyball with Sicoli on the sidelines.
Sicoli, a native of
“His wisdom is well beyond his years,” Walsh Jennings said of Sicoli. “There’s also a youthfulness and enthusiasm that is really contagious. He makes practice every single day really fast, really challenging.”
He has coached various other indoor and beach volleyball teams, including serving as the head coach for women’s beach volleyball legend Holly McPeak and as head coach of the AVP women’s beach volleyball team of Tatiana Minello and Semirames Marins during the 2005 and 2006 seasons. In 2007, Sicoli served as head coach for the women’s beach team of Minello and Carrie Dodd and as coach of the men’s beach team of Casey Jennings and Matt Fuerbringer.
“We’re really excited to have Marcio,” said head coach
Sicoli has also coached at the Beverly Hills-based Sports Shack Volleyball Club. He received the Sports Shack Coach of the Year Award in 2007 as the coach of the 18-2 team. Sicoli also recently served as the head coach of the Southern California Volleyball Club’s
Sicoli received his bachelor’s of physical education degree from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in 2001 and competed for the men’s volleyball team as the setter from 1999-2002. He holds a specialization in sports training (earned in 2002-03) and holds a Brazilian Beach Volleyball Level II coaching credential (earned in 2001).