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Coaching Staff 2018/2019

Dennie McLaughlin- Club Director and Head Coach

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


Scott Shepherd-  Head Coach

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

Brandon Blackburn – Head Coach

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. 

Jessica Nelson - Head Coach 

Shauna Pate-  Coach

Katie Bradford- Coach

Cayce Cleghorn- Coach

Tara Hartman- Coach

Beth Clark- Coach

Heather Ader- Coach