Bechard adds Skoch as volunteer assistant coach

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas volleyball head coach Ray Bechard announced the addition of Nicole Skoch to the coaching staff as volunteer assistant coach.

“We are very fortunate to have Nicole (Skoch) join our program,” said Bechard. “She brings a wealth of knowledge and has a background playing for both a high-level club and collegiate team.”

Skoch most recently served as Shawnee Mission East head volleyball coach for the 2018 season and the KC Power Volleyball club coach for the 18-1 team.

Skoch, then Dalton, played four years at the University of Texas as a setter and defensive specialist. The Parker, Colo., native was a member of the Longhorn’s 2012 NCAA National Championship team and experienced five Final Fours.

“She is a high-character person, who will benefit our team both on-and-off the court,” Bechard said. “We look forward to her providing our players competitive knowledge and her influence as a teammate.”

Skoch earned Academic All-Big 12 First Team honors twice and was named a team captain her final three seasons in Austin.

Prior to her time with the Longhorns, Skoch played on the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team that competed at the 2011 FIVB Girls’ Youth World Championship, and she was named to the 2010 U.S. Girl’s Youth National Training Team.

Skoch also led Chaparral High School to two Colorado 5A State Championships (2010, 2011) and was a two-time Gatorade Player of the Year (2011, 2012).

“She will add great value to our program and has setting, primary passing and attacking experience at the NCAA Division I level, which will bring experience too many different areas of our program,” stated Bechard.

She recently married Thomas Skoch in December of 2018.