Nicole grew up on Long Island, NY and was lucky enough to have lots of volleyball playing opportunities. She played in the New York Empire games, played Club ball and earned a volleyball scholarship to Georgetown University. After four years of playing, she served one year as the Assistant Coach to the Georgetown team. Shortly thereafter, Nicole moved to San Diego, California and beach volleyball became her main focus. She played several years on the AVP tour as well as many other tournaments. She played indoor volleyball with the Xtecs, a San Diego graduate team as well as in other women’s leagues. Nicole currently plays on a 50s indoor team called “Roof” and went to US Nationals last May. Nicole also coached at Solana Beach Volleyball Club for two years and has run her own Summer Beach Camps for seven years.
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Nicole is a former elementary school teacher, currently works ay La Jolla United Methodist Church preschool, and is working on her Masters in Early Childhood with several classes in autism intervention.
Nicole competes as a professional horse trainer/rider. She ran her own horse training business for 12 years and is now doing horseback riding instruction and training in the hunter jumper show circuit. Nicole and her husband have has two children in La Jolla schools and she looks forward to watching them develop their own interests. (they both play volleyball now!)
send an email to Coach Nicole: Nicole Blackwell