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League Leadership

Our Golden State South ICL Staff is a group of cycling and outdoor enthusiasts who believe in helping to positively shape future generations through bikes.
We strive to exemplify NICA’s mission, vision, and values while instilling these qualities in the coaches, volunteers, and student-athletes who participate in the League.

We work diligently to provide all students across Southern California with opportunities to participate in competitive and adventure bike activities, as well as trail stewardship.

Our hope is that Southern California’s youth will fall in love with cycling and the outdoors and carry this simple yet powerful tool, a bike, with them throughout their life.


Sofia Nist

Sofia Nist is a NICA alum who began racing in high school before transitioning to coaching for two different teams. She is a strong advocate for empowering girls and women within the mountain biking community. With experience as an elementary school teacher and coach, she is adept at working with youth of all ages. Sofia will be serving as our GRiT coordinator and a coach supporter.

Michael Murphy

Michael Murphy, aka “Murph” is a team coach with the San Luis Obispo Composite Team and Coach Supporter for the Golden State South League. Murph moved to SLO in December 2022 after spending the past 6 years in Asheville, NC where he held the positions of Coach, Head Coach, and Team Director, in addition to Coach Supporter for the North Carolina Interscholastic League. Murph was awarded the NICA, SRAM Coach of the Year in 2019. “My wife, Lisa and I are thrilled to be in California where we are much closer to our daughter living in LA.” Michael is retired from corporate America and enjoys giving back to the community.