Meet Our Staff
Management / Executive Team
Adam Sikora, Founder and CEO
Adam Sikora serves as the CEO, CFO, and part-time coach to maintain smooth operations and keep the business on the path of success. Prior to co-founding Athleticademy LLC, he worked as a data analyst and environmental scientist at Tetra Tech. He just finished a Professional MBA program at the University of Tennessee and has an extensive multiple-industry work history to include exemplary service in the United States Air Force as a UAV crew meteorologist. He also taught mathematics at Bristol TN City Schools and has multi-sport experience as a player and coach to include work with the Boys and Girls Club. Adam was born and raised in East TN and looks forward to enriching the community with new service!
Megan Sikora, Founder and COO
Megan Sikora serves as the COO, CHRO, and center's General Manager (as defined by the state of Tennessee Child Care Provider regulations). She develops curriculum, oversees scheduling of services/instruction, and strengthens relationships with the surrounding retail locations. Prior to co-founding Athleticademy LLC, she worked as a contracts administrator at Leidos. She has a BS in Business Administration and has worked in many industries to include exemplary service in the United States Air Force as a UAV crew meteorologist. Megan has an extensive background in soccer and has raised 3 young girls as budding athletes. Megan is excited to bring value to Knoxville families with fun and safe sports!
Ron Blackburn, Marketing Consultant
Ron Blackburn serves as a part-time consultant through the start-up phase with the option of coming on full-time as the company grows towards a franchise model. Before joining Athleticademy LLC, he has worked as an advertising and marketing professional for both Fortune 1000 (business to customer) corporations and smaller companies operating in the business to business sector. Additionally, he serves on a variety of committees both within industry and within the Knoxville community. As a new parent, and as someone who sees the need for an organization such as this within the community, Ron looks forward to leveraging his expertise to help the company grow and flourish!
Center Operations Team
All of our staff are professionally vetted with background checks, certified in pediatric CPR/AED, and trained to safely work with children and families.
Alexis Replogle, Coach
Alexis comes to Knoxville from western Michigan, raised in an elementary teacher household, and currently attends a nursing program at Pellissippi State. She tried many sports growing up, including extensive basketball, but her passion belongs to dance. She has volunteered for multiple youth camps and special-needs programs. Alexis loves kids and is eager to help them develop with exercise!
Caroline Coker, Coach
Caroline is a native of the Knoxville region and currently attends Pellissippi State. She grew up in a sporty family and has developed a strong interest in health and wellness. She has broad customer service experience to include a member-safety role at a fitness center. She has helped with special-needs individuals and cared for large groups of kids. Caroline is happy to teach children the FUNdamentals!
Nicole Dirocco, Coach
Nicole comes to us from rural Connecticut and is currently majoring in public relations at UTK. Growing up in a big and athletic family, she played multiple sports and particularly excelled at basketball. She has broad childcare experience for different ages and capabilities. She has also worked on brand management campaigns for a world champion tennis player. Nicole brings a lot of energy and is excited to help kids!
Meg Francis, Coach
Meg is a native of the Knoxville region and currently attending the pre-pharmacy program at UTK. Although basketball is her favorite, she has been active in many sports throughout her life to include highly competitive travel and school teams. She has also volunteered to lead and officiate at youth camps. Meg knows what it means to be a part of a team and wants to be a positive influence for kids!
Rosie Egan, Coach
Rosie comes to Knoxville from Pittsburgh and currently attends UTK as a public relations major. Athletics was very important to her while growing up, including dance and track. She now has a passion for whole-body fitness and yoga. She also has broad childcare and retail experience. Rosie is excited to share the mental and physical benefits of sport with kids!
Erica Casteel, Coach
Erica is a native of the Knoxville region and currently attending the Ross Medical Education Center for a medical assistant degree. Growing up she played many competitive sports with volleyball standing out as a favorite. She has broad experience in childcare, special-needs assistance, and retail customer service. Erica loves children, sports, and teaching them new things that can light up their confidence!
Rebekah Snyder, Assistant Coach
Rebekah is a native of the Knoxville region and is attending Penn Foster. She has been involved in many sports, but specializes in tennis, as she has conducted several youth clinics. She also has retail and babysitting experience in multiple settings. Rebekah is ready to help bring value to local busy families!