Nick began playing volleyball at San Marcos High School his freshman year. Up until that point, he had been involved in numerous other sports and decided to drop them all after just one day at volleyball tryouts. His passion from day one has never faded. He went on to play at UCLA and majored in Psychology, which he credits as the single most important move he made for his coaching career. After college, he became a mainstay at the Moonlight Beach volleyball courts, playing and training there almost daily and playing in beach tournaments nearly every weekend ranging from co-ed tourneys to Opens/Professional.
Nick began coaching at San Marcos High School in 2010 and continued coaching there through 2015. During his tenure at SMHS, he also coached at SoCal Volleyball Club. At SoCal, he was both a head coach indoors and the beach program director. Nick has been coaching at WAVE and WAVE Beach since 2015. His favorite memories have been coaching in the gold medal matches at the Beach Junior Nationals, the BVCA Championships, and Cal Cup.
Maintaining a positive and fun team culture while simultaneously getting athletes to think critically about volleyball is Nick's passion. He believes in making things enjoyable enough for athletes to gain the self-motivation to want to work hard without being asked. While he is detail-oriented tactically and technically, he prefers to guide the athlete into becoming self-aware enough that they know the answer before he asks it.
While Nick's passion for volleyball will always be one of his defining characteristics, he is also passionate about music. He has been in several bands over the years and plays guitar, trumpet, drums, and vocals. He still plays music regularly and says it encourages him to be creative as a coach.