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Bacana Beach Volleyball

The Bacana Beach Volleyball Club was founded in 2021 to bring training and competitive play options to those pursuing the beach game at its highest level.

At Bacana Beach we promote an atmosphere where athletes are encouraged to embrace and pursue their love for their beach game, while providing enhanced training to help indoor athletes strengthen their game. At Bacana Beach Volleyball Club, all athletes, from beginning to elite level, are valued and trained to reach their highest potential giving them opportunities to take their game to the next level.

The Bacana Beach Name
When I think of beach volleyball, it is the escape from the intense indoor volleyball world. Beach ball is a place to take the love of the game outside where competition is strong and the atmosphere is inviting. Beach volleyball is a place to feel the sun, see the blue skies, hear the music, have your toes in the sand, see the ocean from the courts, and play the game you love most while having FUN. Bacana is a Brazilian term that describes and represents exactly that.

Bacana represents a culture of happiness, excitement, growth, and endless opportunities.

Bacana Beach Colors
While we will engage many fun colors. Our base colors are: (continuing with Brazilian theme and very close to colors of FGCU where coach Nicole will play D1 Beach Volleyball):

Blue represents blue skies and ocean views.

Yellow represents Gold and at Bacana Beach we say:  “Think Gold and Never Settle For Silver.” Inspired by Jim Afremow in The Champion’s Mind.

Green represents balance, energy, growth and limitless opportunities.


Latacha De Oliveira

Bacana Beach Volleyball Club Founder and Coach

Coach Latacha has over twenty-five years of volleyball coaching and playing experience. Originally from Utah, Coach Latacha was a three-sport athlete playing volleyball, basketball and softball. She earned All-Conference and All-State team selections in all three sports and was recruited to play D1 basketball/softball. Volleyball quickly became her passion which she has turned into a successful coaching career.

Coach Latacha founded Bacana Beach volleyball with the vision and passion of giving her athletes equal opportunities to take their beach game to the next level, while coaching and mentoring growth, leadership and development on and off the court.

In addition to leading her Bacana Beach Club, Latacha serves as the 14 Black Head Coach at Triangle Volleyball Club and as the Head Varsity Coach at Durham Academy High School. She is also an involved coach for with p1440, an elite junior beach program directed by Kerri Walsh and Rob Long.

Coach Latacha is a mother of five children – Miranda, Nicole, Junior, Josh and Jacob. “Being a mother of five of my own athletes, I recognize and appreciate that EACH athlete is motivated, driven, and touched in different ways and I thrive in finding how to motivate each athlete.”

  • Coached for five years at NC Volleyball Academy, where she guided 13 Diamond to qualify ‘at-large’ in the 13 USA Division.
  • Guided 13 Diamond to a fourth place finish at the Sunshine Volleyball Classic in Orlando and a third place finish in 13 USA at the USAV Girls’ Junior National Championships in 2019.
  • Assisted Durham Academy’s Varsity volleyball team to a final four appearance in 2018 and a state championship appearance in 2019, two of the most successful seasons in the program’s history.

Alissa McGuire

Assistant Coach

Coach Alissa moved her from from Northern California.  As a two-year letter winner at Saint Francis, McGuire guided her team to the Division II state championship, Norcal championship, CCS championship and West Catholic League championship in 2010. They repeated the CCS championship in 2011. McGuire played club beginning at 9 years of age and played at the setter position for the renowned Vision Volleyball Club. Her team won the Gold Medal at the 2009 USAV Junior National Championships and she was the team captain of the Northern California High Performance team.

McGuire was recruited to set for UC Riverside. After an injury sidelined her she transferred to The University of Tulsa where she played her junior and senior seasons. She was named to the AAC All-Academic team in both 2014 and 2015. She graduated with degrees in Communications and Psychology. She has volleyball coaching experience at the club, beach, and prep levels including time at Rancho Valley (CA), Synergy (PA) and West Coast Beach. Alissa will also be coaching high school at Apex Friendship. Alissa is also coaching 16 Black at Triangle.

McGuire and her husband relocated to NC where her husband, Jake, is a goalkeeper for the NCFC Men’s professional soccer team. Prior to Raleigh they were in Sweden where her husband played internationally for two years.

Nicole De Oliveira

Student Coach

Coach Nicole has played a vital role in the development of Bacana Beach. She not only serves as a student coach, but also pushes, mentors and loves every athlete on the team. Nicole is a positive, hard working, and motivated athlete hereself who leads the team with her vision, focus and wortk ethic. Nicole is committed to play D1 Beach Volleyball at FGCU in 2022.

Amber Taylor

Assistant Coach