Coach Sykes was a 4-sport standout athlete in high school. His junior and senior year he was all-state in football and baseball. His senior season, he set the MAIS state pole vault record. Coach Sykes holds a National High School football record along with several high school records in football.
After graduating college, Coach Sykes was in several business ventures that he later sold and pursed his love of athletics and coaching. From 1999 until 2012, Coach Sykes coached high school football, baseball, and track in Columbus, MS. In the summer of 2012, Coach Sykes joined Coach Caruso with a vision of East Coast Baseball Organization where he continues to serve as President of East Coast Baseball, Inc.