Meet the Olympics: Marcio Sicoli
Coincidentally, the year that Pepperdine added women’s sand volleyball to its athletic roster is the same year that women’s volleyball assistant coach Marcio Sicoli makes his U.S. debut at the Olympics as a consultant and trainer to reigning beach volleyball champions Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor. Sicoli has been training the duo in the run-up to the games, in the hopes of helping them secure a third Olympic Gold victory.
The seasoned Olympic veterans partnered with Sicoli based on his Olympic experience as assistant coach for his native Brazilian Olympic women’s beach volleyball team from 2000 to 2004. The players from his home country earned a Silver Medal at the 2004 games in Athens.
Sicoli has been training with Walsh and May-Treanor since March 2011, on the heels of joining Pepperdine’s coaching crew in 2008 and serving as head coach of AVP women’s beach volleyball team members before that from 2005 to 2007. He is also a coach at the Beverly Hills-based Sports Shack Volleyball Club and earned the Sports Shack Coach of the year Award in 2007.