Janelle Sykes
College of William and Mary
Janelle Sykes
Assistant Coach
William and Mary
Division 1

Janelle Sykes enters her second season as the W&M volleyball assistant coach.  Prior to joining the W&M coaching staff, Sykes competed professionally abroad in Azerbaijan and Belgium. She began her professional career by inking a contract with Azeryol Baku (2015-16) and helped the club advance to the final four of the CEV Cup. During her stint with Volley Richa Michelbeke (2016-2017), Sykes ranked third in its league in total blocks.     At VCU, Sykes evolved into one of the most elite middle blockers in program history. She owns the school's second-best blocks per set average (1.21) and ranks fourth all-time in total blocks (345). Sykes tied the school single-season record with 172 blocks as a junior. During her senior campaign, Sykes recorded more individual season milestones by ranking second in Rams history for blocks per set (1.33) and third for attack percentage (.330).   The Manassas, Va., native garnered a plethora of awards and recognition during her final season at VCU. She was named to a pair of All-Tournament teams, before becoming an Atlantic 10 All-Conference and VaSID All-State first-team selection. From 2013-14, Sykes was able to collect five A-10 Defensive Player of the Week awards.   In 2015, Sykes was named to the Hammer Strength All-American Team for her dedication to excellence in the classroom, on the court, and within the strength and conditioning realm. A two-time recipient of the Iron Ram Award, given to one member from each sport by the Sports Performance staff at VCU, Sykes understands the effort it takes on and off the court to compete at a high level.   While competing at VCU, Sykes served as the team SAAC representative for three years and was a member of the SAAC Executive Board. She was selected to attend the 2014 NCAA Career in Sports Forum. In her last year at VCU, Sykes received the Athletic Director's Team First Award for her leadership, enthusiasm, and perseverance as a student-athlete.     Throughout her college and professional career, Sykes coached VCU Volleyball Camps as well as satellite camps across Virginia.   Sykes earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science from VCU in 2015. She now resides in the local Williamsburg area.