This is Nicole’s 1st year with Blue Royals Volleyball Academy , Head Coach of the 16’s for the
2018-2019 season. She will be coaching with her Dad, Darrell Hayes. These two are a dynamic
and strong coaching duo, who have been coaching together the past two years.
Most of her coaching expertise comes from working with Fusion Volleyball. Over the last two
years, she was the head coach of a very successful 14’s and 15’s team. Her 15’s team finished
5th out of 32 teams in the U16 division in Yakima. They ended up 15th overall in Power League
and 14th in the Emerald division for regionals.
Nicole was first introduced to volleyball at the age of 11. As a 2011 graduate from Mariner High
School she was apart of the volleyball program for all four years and starting libero and captain
for her senior year. She led her team to districts for the first time in many years. She went on to
play at Everett Community College in 2011-2012. She was the starting libero during both
seasons and led her team to NWAAC’s in 2012. She made the Sophomore All-Start team
alongside 15 other players in the region.
She has been apart of the Puget Sound Region since 2012. During the 2012 season, she was
an assistant coach for a U-16 team. She was mentored and taught a lot about coaching from
her head coach Darrell Hayes, who was also her dad. In 2013, she was the U-12 Assistant
Coach for Fusion. She coached under Mindy Staudinger who taught her how to teach
fundamentals and building a cohesive unit. During the Fall of 2014, she became the Junior
Varsity Head Coach at Jackson High School in Mill Creek. During the school season, she got to
run her own team and learn under the coaching guidance of Mindy Staudinger. During the 2016
season, she took her first head coaching job with Fusion as the U-14 Head Coach.
In 2016, her U-14 team finished 24th out of 111 in Power League. Her team finished 11th out of
66 at regionals and had an impressive outing to finish the season at Emerald City Classic where
they finished tied for 3rd.
Nicole is a recent Gonzaga University Graduate with a Masters Degree in Communication and
Leadership Studies. Nicole spends her free time going to the gym, running half marathons and
spending time with her family.
First off, I will instill my love of volleyball to my players. My goal is to put together and develop a
team that has a winning attitude and is willing to play aggressive, fun volleyball. We will pay
attention to details both large and small. I will push every plater to be aggressive and take risks.
If we aren’t willing to take risks, we will remain the same. Practices will mimic game-like
situations with aggressive and friendly competition. Players will be encouraged to use
aggressive skills and techniques in both practices and games. We will heavily focus on the
fundamentals of volleyball.
My motto is without passing, we can’t run an affective offense. The goals by the end of the
season is to have every player know how to pass, set, and hit with confidence. We will become
a great serving and serve receive team, as these two items can be our biggest assets. With
hard work, dedication, attention to detail, hustle and inspiration we will become a team. My goal
for every game is to put a team on the court that our opposition does not want to play!