Staff
Head Coach
Marcio Sicoli

An expert in both indoor and beach volleyball, Marcio Sicoli enters his 10th season with the Waves in 2017-18.

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 the 2016 campaign, Pepperdine earned a berth in the inaugural 2016 NCAA Beach Volleyball Championships, making history as one team in the first-ever field of eight. The Waves advanced through the opening round and finished out the season ranked 5th overall in the final AVCA Coaches Poll.

A year later in the 2017 season, the Waves finished as runners-up at the 2017 NCAA Beach Volleyball Championships, while also taking home the second-consecutive WCC tournament and regular season crown.

The 2017 team finished the season ranked No. 2 in the AVCA Coaches Poll, while amassing a 27-5 overall record. The squad went 17-5 against nationally ranked opponents with a 9-1 record at home, 6-2 record on the road and 14-2 output on neutral sand. In the NCAA Tournament, Pepperdine opened action with a 3-0 sweep over No. 6-seeded Long Beach State, followed by a 3-1 win over No. 2-seeded UCLA to advance to the day two winners bracket. After falling to USC, the Waves returned through the contender’s bracket to sweep No. 5-seeded Hawai’i 3-0 and earn a spot in the NCAA Championship match-up against the Trojans.

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Volunteer Assistant Coach
Delaney Knudsen

Throughout her four-year career with the Waves, Knudsen amassed an 81-31 overall record for a .723 winning percentage. In her 2014 season, she helped the Waves to an AVCA Beach Volleyball National Championship title with a 19-7 overall record, including a 15-4 record in dual action. In her senior campaign, the captain led the Waves to a NCAA Championship runner-up title after going 20-12 alongside partner Madalyn Roh.
Knudsen also garnered All-WCC first team honors and WCC All-Academic first team nods in 2016 and 2017. She was a four-time Pepperine Scholar-Athlete and two-time WCC Commissioner’s Honor Roll ‘silver’ honoree in 2016 and 2017.

USA VOLLEYBALL: Member of the USA Volleyball U19 A1 team ... Placed second at the USAV High Performance Championship in 2013 ... Placed ninth at the FIVB U19 World Championship in Portugal in 2013 ... Made way through qualifying to compete in the main draw of the 2014 AVP Manhattan Beach Open ... Placed ninth alongside USC's Alexa Strange at the 2014 FIVB U19 World Championships in Larnaka, Cyprus.

Knudsen is also not a stranger to the AVP tour during her time as a Wave and after. In 2017, she competed in seven AVP tour events as well as six other tournaments including USA Volleyball High Performance tournaments, CBVA events and most recently took third place alongside current Wave Corinne Quiggle at the NORCECA Punta Cana.

Assistant Coach
Jonathan Daze

Jon Daze returned to the sidelines of the Pepperdine beach volleyball program as an assistant coach in 2018, beginning his first season with the Waves for the 2019 season.

Since 2013, Dazé has been coaching with USA Beach Volleyball and since 2001 he has been coaching at either the club, collegiate or professional level for both indoor and beach volleyball. In 2016, he served as an assistant coach to Sicoli for the duo of Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross, helping coach the pair to a bronze medal at the 2016 Olympic Games.

Prior to his stint on the professional and Team U.S.A. side of things, Dazé served as Pepperdine beach volleyball team’s volunteer assistant from 2012-15, helping lead the program to the second AVCA National Championship title along 2013 AVCA National finalist and 2015 AVCA Final Four finishes.

Most recently in 2018, he was the assistant coach for Kerri Walsh Jennings and Nicole Branaugh and the head coach for Bill Kolinske and Miles Evans. In 2017, he was the head coach for April Ross and Lauren Fendrick, helping coach the pair to a silver medal finishes at the World Championships in Vienna, Austria and the FIVB Long Beach World Series, while also helping led the team to AVP New York Champion status.

On the men’s side in 2017, he served as the head coach to Billy Allen and Stafford Slick, helping the pair to an AVP Seattle Championship and finals appearances at the AVP New York and San Francisco tournaments.

While also coaching at the professional beach level, Dazé also coached at the high school and club levels, acting as the Varsity Head Coach and Program Directory at Marlborough School for the girls indoor volleyball team from 2017-18. He acted in different facets at the club or high school level as either head coach or director capacities at Sports Academy, Actyve Volleyball Club and Laguna Beach Volleyball Club from 2001-18.

He coached in brief stints at Santa Monica College for the men’s indoor squad helping the team to a State Tournament Final Four appearance for the 2015-16 season. From 2011-12, he was the assistant coach for Irvine Valley College men’s indoor team and from 2009-11, he served as either the Associate Head Coach of Interim Head Coach for Concordia University, Irvine’s women’s indoor squad.

Dazé earned a Master’s Degree in Education Psychology from Pepperdine in 2015 and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development from UC San Diego in 2007.