SAINT MARY OF THE WOODS, Ind. – Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College athletic director Deanna Bradley announced that Nancy Sikobe, a highly successful former college student-athlete and semi-professional player, has been named the head volleyball coach.
Welcome, Coach Sikobe
Nancy joins the intercollegiate department after most recently serving as the head coach at Dillard University. From 2016-2019, she led the Blue Devils to an overall record of 70-70 (.500). Prior to DU, she spent one season at Texas College. In her first head coaching gig at Wiley College, she coached six total seasons and racked up 121 wins. From 2009-2014, the Wildcats team recorded six winning seasons and an overall record of 121-60 (.668).
"We are very excited to have Nancy as part of our coaching staff. Nancy has a wealth of experience, as a player, including at the professional level, and as a coach at NAIA schools.", said Bradley. "We anticipate her experience will not only propel the volleyball program to the next level but will also enhance the continuing growth of the entire department."
Coach Sikobe expressed her excitement joining the department saying, "I am humbled to join the SMWC team. The thing I liked most about the college is the fact that it is a small college and the athletics department under the leadership of Ms. Bradley is growing."
She hopes to help lead the team both on and off the court by encouraging student-athletes in their academics as well as developing their playing skills. "I am excited to be coaching and making a difference in the lives of the young ladies I have been given the privilege to work with. My goal as head coach is to ensure that the student-athletes perform well first is the classroom and then on the court. [I want to] work closely with the student-athletes to help understand that there is life after college and to help them grow into citizens that where ever they end up, they will be appreciated."
As a player, Nancy represented Kenya in various National and International women's volleyball contests at the semi-professional level. From 1991-2002 she captained nine national teams, winning five African Club Championships and playing in Nigeria, Japan, Egypt, and Algeria.
Prior to her professional days, Nancy graduated from Central Methodist University with a Bachelor's Degree in Biology. She was also a member of the Eagles highly-known NAIA volleyball program.
As a transfer in 2004, Nancy was named America Midwest Conference Freshman Player of the Year, alongside American Midwest Conference All-Conference Honorable Mention. In 2005 and 2007, she earned Heart of American Conference All-Conference Honorable Mention twice.
Before playing at the four-year Central Methodist University. Nancy attended Columbia College Missouri where she earned her Associate's Degree in General Studies.
Nancy was born on Saturday, August 15, 1970, in Luanda, Kenya. She has two children, Bush Tom Wamukota (son) and Tracey Melisa Mwenesi (daughter). In her spare time, she likes traveling and watching athletic events. Her all-time favorite leader is Hon. Alfred Kha'ngati, he introduced her to volleyball and believed in her when she did not believe in herself.
Currently, she resides in Terre Haute, Indiana.
Prospective and interested student-athletes can fill out this form to receive more information about volleyball at SMWC.
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