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Assistant Coaching Director Announcement

Julio Penalillo

AC Sandhills
Assistant Coaching Director

AC Sandhills
is excited to announce the hiring of our new Assistant Coaching Director, Julio Penalillo. Coach Penalillo comes to us from Richmond, VA with a wealth of experience and knowledge that will help continue the progression of AC Sandhills youth development. Spending his last nine years with in the Richmond Strikers Soccer Club, Coach Penalillo was a main instructor in their Arsenal FC training program for the most recent three. This experience, plus his overall soccer background, will allow our youth  programs (U6 Rec, ADP & YDP) to continue in a more professional training setting with an instructor that is well versed in the training and development of those ages, along with the support he will bring to our recreational and travel coaching staffs.

Our goal in bringing Coach Penalillo to AC Sandhills is to enhance and direct our future soccer players towards their ultimate playing goals. A pure trainer, Coach Penalillo will be focusing on the programming, curriculum and education of our staff and players directly from the ages of U6-U10 and indirectly assisting our U11-U18 ages, as well developing a system to help educate our recreational coaches.

Please welcome Coach Penalillo as he will start with the club August 1, 2015.

Julio Penalillo
Soccer Bio


Alianza Lima -Peru Soccer club  1991 - 1994
Peruvian Federation Cup : Champions : 1991 - 1992 - 1993 - 1994
Calama-Chile International Cup : Finalist 1994
Calama-Chile International Cup : Champion 1995
Club Alianza -Lima Cochahuayco second League 1994 ( Peru )
Club Deportivo Municipal  1995 - 1998 (Peru)
Peruvian National Team Member 1998
Club Alianza Lima 1999 (Peru)
Copa  Merconorte  1999 : Semifinal  similar Europe League
Championship Torneo Clausura 1999
Club Alianza Lima (Peru) 2000
Copa Libertadores  2000 Similar to Champions league in Europe
Club Union Minas Torneo Clausura 2000
Club Sport Boys 2001
Copa Libertadores  2001 Similar to Champions league in Europe
Club Sport Coopsol  torneo Clausura 2001
Club Toronto Lynx 2002  Canada ( A-League  USA )
Alliance Soccer Club 2003 - 2004 Former Capitals Soccer Club
CASL Virginia Soccer  Club 2004 - 2005
Richmond Strikers Soccer Club  2006 - Present

Technical Director, Arsenal Training Program

National  "C"  Coaching License USA.
Regional Diploma  NSCAA USA.
Advanced Regional Diploma  NSCAA License  USA.
ESL course at Sargeant  Reynolds Community College.
III Course International of soccer  " Entrenamiento de Menores " Peru

AC Sandhills SOCCER

Since its inception in 2010, AC Sandhills Soccer has become an established, recognized and well respected program in the state of North Carolina, Regionally and Nationally. Our main goal and Focus has been to train and develop players from the ages of 4-18 to become a more overall and well-rounded soccer player. From our coaching staff to our office staff, ACS is devoted to making soccer the best in the Sandhills Region for years to come.

Currently, our programs range from Mini Kickers (our U3 program), Recreational Leagues (U6-U16), the Advanced Development Program or ADP (U7-U8) to our Travel or Classic Level teams (U9-U18). We try our best to maintain our vision that each player can be given the opportunity to reach their own goals through our programs. Whether they are interested in playing for fun, or competitively, ACS is determined to allow that growth through the game and our club.

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