Staff
Head Coach
Marcio Sicoli

An expert in both indoor and beach volleyball, Marcio Sicoli enters his 12th season with the Waves. The 2020 season will mark his second as Pepperdine’s head coach.

Sicoli was a member of the indoor volleyball coaching staff for six seasons from 2008-13. After the 2013 indoor season, he turned to the sand to focus solely on the beach game, where he was been Nina Matthies’ assistant coach since the sport emerged in the spring of 2012. After she announced her intent to retire after the 2018 campaign, Sicoli was directly elevated to the role of head coach at the completion of the season.

In his seven seasons on the beach, the Waves have taken home the AVCA National Championship title twice and are one of only two teams all-time to earn berths in every single national championship available from AVCA to NCAA. Pepperdine’s 14 players to earn 20 separate AVCA All-American honors leads the nation all-time on both counts.

In the 2016 season, senior Taylor Racich and freshman Heidi Dyer earned AVCA All-American status. Pepperdine also won the first-ever West Coast Conference Championship crown in Santa Monica, going 3-0 to take the honor. Six Waves picked up All-WCC accolades, including three first team selections. Three Waves also were tabbed to the WCC All-Freshman squad for their efforts on the sand.

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 team finished the season ranked No. 2 in the AVCA Coaches Poll, while amassing a 27-5 overall record. The following 2018 campaign, Pepperdine earned the program’s third-straight WCC tournament title and a third-berth into the NCAA Tournament, this time as the No. 2 seed.

In 2018, the team finished with a 25-5 overall record and a No. 4 final AVCA national ranking. Corinne Quiggle and Deahna Kraft became the 13th and 14th Pepperdine beach volleyball players to earn AVCA All-American honors and the two along with Brook Bauer garnered WCC Player, Defender and Freshman of the Year honors.

Sicoli also served as the coach for two back-to-back Olympic Games, first in 2012 with Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor and again in 2016 with Walsh Jennings and April Ross.

He tutored Walsh Jennings and 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. At the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, Walsh Jennings and Ross took home the bronze medal.

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 85-13 (.867) in beach volleyball with Sicoli on the sidelines.

Sicoli, a native of Brazil, boasts an impressive international resume, as he was an assistant coach for the Brazilian Olympic women’s beach volleyball team from 2000-04. One of their duos earned a silver medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

“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.”

“We’re really excited to have Marcio,” said head coach Nina Matthies at the time of Sicoli’s hiring. “He brings some great experience and a lot of enthusiasm, energy and some new ideas and we’re really thrilled to have him.”

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). And in 2015, earned his Masters Degree in Educational Psychology from Pepperdine University.

Volunteer Assistant Coach
Delaney Knudsen

Delaney Knudsen is entering her third year on the sidelines for the Waves the 2020 season! 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 Dazé

Jon Dazé returned to the sidelines of the Pepperdine beach volleyball program as an assistant coach in 2018, beginning his second season with the Waves for the 2020 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.