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Coaching Staff 2018/2019

Dennie McLaughlin- Club Director and Head Coach U18 and U15 Black

This is Dennie's 7th season coaching with ACS volleyball. He was part of a team that started the program in 2011, which has grown to 7 Teams & over 70 players, including the Developmental Academy.  Dennie played 5 years of club volleyball for WVU, running the organization from 1993-1995. In addition to Volleyball, Dennie was a 3 year member of the Div. 1 Men’s Soccer Team.  After college, Dennie continued to play club volleyball, qualifying for adult Nationals, in Dallas & Milwaukee.  He also played in many Open Grass and Beach tournaments, across Pennsylvania, Maryland & New Jersey. Dennie has also coached baseball, basketball and 9 years in youth soccer, holding a National Level Youth Coaching License. He is also a founder and coach for the ACS Youth Triathlon Club.

Jill McLaughlin – Assistant Director & Club Administrator

Jessica Nelson - Head Coach U14 Orange, Assistant Coach U16 Orange and Assistant Coach U18
This will be Jessica's 2nd year coaching for AC Sandhills and 5th year overall. She has coached everything from developmental teams to varsity high school teams. She loves helping athletes improve their skill and increase their knowledge of the sport. She is also a Certified Personal Trainer and working toward her Bachelors of Kinesiology Degree, in hopes to someday become a Physical Therapist.

Brandon Blackburn – Head Coach U16 Black

This is Brandon’s 6thh year with ACS Volleyball. Brandon has coached 11 years of volleyball from New Century Middle to Union Pines High School where he is currently the JV Head Coach and Varsity Assistant. Likewise, Mr. Blackburn has a B.S. and M.A. Ed. in Physical Education and recently received his National Volleyball Coach Certification from the National Federation of High School Coaches. 

Danielle Blackburn- Assistant Coach U16 Black

Matt Faull- Head Coach U15 Orange

Hayley Kava- Assistant Coach U15 Orange

Scott Shepherd-  Head Coach U14 Black

This is Scott's 7th year coaching with ACS Volleyball. Second year as Head Varsity Coach for Pinecrest High School. Scott has also coached several youth basketball and softball teams. He is a Class A PGA Golf Professional

Cayce Cleghorn- Head Coach U13 Black

Katie Bradford- Assistant Coach U13 Black and U14 Black

Tara Hartman- Head Coach U12 and U13 Academy Teams and Assistant Coach U15 Black
This is Tara’s 5th year coaching with ACS.  She has lead the U12 Developmental Academy three years and spent one year with the U14 team.  Tara is certified at Level 1 with USAV’s Coaching Accreditation program and is IMPACT Certified as well.  She is a lifelong volleyball player and also coached youth soccer 3 years.  In addition to coaching, Tara is an online instructor of First Year Experience classes at Southern New Hampshire University.

Beth Clark- Coach U12 and U13 Academy Teams

Heather Ader- Head Coach U16 Orange and Coach U12 and U13 Academy Teams