Club Info


AC Sandhills

AC Sandhills, an organization with athletics at its roots, offers numerous recreational and competitive avenues that allow young people and adults to have fun through sport. 

Our 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization has developed athletes through soccer since 1986. In 2010, we opened our doors to other sports, allowing a wider reach and variety of outlets. These outlets include girls’ travel volleyball, the Lakers Youth Triathlon Club, girls’ lacrosse, recreation soccer (including the Mini Kickers and Future Stars), travel soccer (developmental academy, select and classic), multiple year-round camps and clinics, and adult soccer.

AC Sandhills is the largest sport and athletic organization in the greater Sandhills region of North Carolina.

Staff Directory

ACS Office Phone: (910) 944-9042

Club Directors

Julio Penalillo
Director of Soccer

Steve Olzark
Interim Director of Lacrosse​

Dennie McLaughlin
Volleyball Director

Jill McLaughlin
Lakers Youth Tri-Club Director

Office Staff

Julio Penalillo
Director of Soccer

Kari Gulovich
Office Manager


Board of Directors

Elected annually at our General Meeting, the AC Sandhills Board of Directors meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 6pm and currently consists of the members below.   

The next meeting is scheduled for September 14th at 6:00 pm via Zoom.  Please contact the ACS office at 910-944-9042 for the link to join the meeting.  

President             Kristen Hudson
Vice President      AnneMarie Brown
Treasurer            J.R. Cottle
Secretary            Manny Espinoza
Past President     Michael Martin
At-Large             Parker Dunahay
At-Large             Stephanie Kane

At-Large             Todd Telemeco

At-Large             Mike Hicks



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