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Coaching Staff

Dennie McLaughlin- Club Director and U12, U17 and U18 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

Kimberly Ware- Assistant Coach U12 

Kim’s coached U14 Academy team with AC Sandhills. she is a defensive specialist coach and student at Sandhills Community College. She was the starting libero and captain for Gray’s Creek High School, where she received the MVP award her senior year and led her county in digs. She played travel for four years, 2 of those years as a setter, and 2 as a libero. After graduating from High School, she assisted with Fayetteville Area Volleyball Association for two years ranging with ages 12-17. She also was involved in several recreational leagues and camps. She relocated to Southern Pines to attend Sandhills Community College, where she had the honor of accepting academic & athletic honors, all tournament team, and 2nd team all region. Her team also nominated her for defensive specialist mvp. 

Kaylee Lopez- Head Coach U13 Black

Kaylee coached the U14 Academy team with AC Sandhills.  She played volleyball in high school and club. She was awarded a Chief Award her senior year for leadership. She played 2 years at SCC, as a DS/Libero. After graduating high school, she helped coach the team. 

Scott Shepherd- Head Coach U14 Black

This is Scott's 6th year coaching with ACS Volleyball. Head Varsity Coach for Pinecrest High School 2017. Scott has also coached several youth basketball and softball teams. He is a Class A PGA Golf Professional

Brandon Blackburn – Head Coach U15

This is Brandon’s 5th year with ACS Volleyball. Brandon has coached 10 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 U16

Hayley Kava- Coach 

Hayley will be coaching for the 2nd year with ACS Volleyball.  She was a varsity volleyball player at Syracuse University and an assistant coach at Western University in Canada. She has been involved in youth developmental programs for many years.  

Jordan Ward - Assistant Coach U12

Rae Robertson - Head Coach U14 Orange

Shauna Pate-  Coach U13 Orange

Katie Bradford- Coach U13 Orange