Athletic Office

Joe Johnson
Director of Athletics

HIGH SCHOOL
Cherryvale High School, Cherryvale, Kansas

COLLEGE
Independence Community College, Independence, Kansas
Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas, BSED-Physical Education, Health and Social Studies; MSED-Secondary School Administration & Supervision

ATHLETIC EXPERIENCE
High school basketball, golf and baseball

COACHING EXPERIENCE
Boys Youth Basketball Director, Cherryvale, Kansas, 1980
Jr. High Boys Basketball Coach, Asst. Baseball Coach, Hillsboro High School, Hillsboro, Missouri, 1981-1983
Athletic Director,Head Boys Basketball Coach, Asst. Volleyball Coach
Minneapolis High School, KS 1984-1988
head Boys Basketball/PE, Rose Hill High School, Kansas, 1988-1990
Head Boys Basketball Harrisonville High School, Missouri,1990-1999
Athletes in Action, Pro Ministry, 1999-2003
Nextplay Sports, Director, Basketball Operations, 2003-present
Director of Athletics, ACA, 2004-present
NIAAA Certified Athletic Administrator
3D Coach Certified Presenter

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Phone: 828. 581. 2022

Terry Hughes
Assistant Director of Athletics

HIGH SCHOOL
Enka High School, Enka, North Carolina, 1997

COLLEGE
Montreat College, 2001

ATHLETIC EXPERIENCE
High school basketball and soccer
College basketball, two years
College soccer, four years

COACHING EXPERIENCE
Varsity men's and women's head soccer coach ACA 2007-present
Varsity soccer coach James Island Christian School 2002-2007

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Phone:  828. 581. 2202

Heidi Pieper
Athletic Trainer

HIGH SCHOOL
Michigan Lutheran Seminary

COLLEGE
Bethany Lutheran College - Liberal Arts Degree
Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN-BS in Athletic Training

ATHLETIC EXPERIENCE
High school volleyball, basketball and track

ATHLETIC TRAINING EXPERIENCE
New Hampshire Musculoskeletal Institute Fellow, 2000-2001
Warren Wilson College 2000-2001
Montreat College 2000-2001
Owen High School 2001-2007
Canton, bethel and Waynesville Middle Schools 2007-2010
Asheville Christian Academy 2010-present

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phone:  (828) 273-0294

Torri Render
Director of Sports Excel

HIGH SCHOOL
Stuarts Draft High School

COLLEGE
Roanoke College, BS Health and Human Performance, 2008
LaGrange College, M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction, 2011

ATHLETIC EXPERIENCE
High School volleyball, basketball and soccer
College basketball (4 years) and volleyball (4 years)

COACHING EXPERIENCE
Asst. volleyball Northside High School (VA), 1 year
MS girls basketball coach, Cave Spring MS (VA), 1 year
Asst varsity women's basketball coach, LaGrange Academy (GA), 1 year
Asst volleyball coach, LaGrange College (GA), 2 years
MS girls basketball, ACA, 2011-2015
Varsity women's volleyball, ACA, 2011-present

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phone:  828. 581. 2200 ext. 242

Nick Ficker
Strength and Conditioning

HIGH SCHOOL
West Henderson High School

COLLEGE
Western Carolina University, BS, Health/Physical Education, 2014

ATHLETIC EXPERIENCE
High school - varsity soccer, 3 years

COACHING EXPERIENCE
ACA, middle school soccer, 2012-present ACA, head coach varsity swimming, 2014 ACA, assistant coach varsity swimming, 2013 Henderson County HFC, middle school girls, 2 years

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Baseball

JD Chaplain
Varsity Head Coach

HIGH SCHOOL
Charles D Owen High School

COLLEGE
Brevard College, 2015, BA Business in Organizational leadership

ATHLETIC EXPERIENCE
Four Year College Baseball
2015 South Atlantic Conference Scholar Athlete of the year

COACHING EXPERIENCE
2015-Present - ACA Varsity Head Coach
2015-Present - Instructor at the Diamond Mine

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Chris Zaccaro
Varsity Assistant Coach

HIGH SCHOOL
The King’s Academy (West Palm Beach, FL)

COLLEGE
Palm Beach Atlantic University, 2003, B.S. Mathematics and Secondary Education

ATHLETIC EXPERIENCE
Four year college baseball
2000 Rookie of the Year, Palm Beach Atlantic Freshman Athlete of the Year
2001 MVP, Don Harp Award
2002 Clark Boetel Award
2003 MVP, Palm Beach Atlantic Athlete of the Year

COACHING EXPERIENCE
2015-present ACA Assistant Varsity Baseball
2009-2011 – The King’s Academy, Head Coach JV Baseball
2004-2007 – The King’s Academy, Head Coach Varsity Baseball
2003-2004 – Royal Palm Beach High School, Varsity Assistant Baseball

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Garrett Ruckel
Junior Varsity Head Coach

HIGH SCHOOL
Stanton College Prep (Jacksonville, FL)

COLLEGE
Jacksonville University, 2015, B.S. Mathematics, Education minor

ATHLETIC EXPERIENCE
Four year college baseball
2014-15 Atlantic Sun Conference Student-Athlete of the Year

COACHING EXPERIENCE
2016-present ACA Junior Varsity Head Baseball Coach
2016 - Arlington Middle school assistant baseball coach
2015 - Episcopal School of Jacksonville Summer baseball coach

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Shane Coxie
Junior Varsity Assistant Coach

HIGH SCHOOL
Erwin High School, 1992

ATHLETIC EXPERIENCE
Football, Baseball, Basketball

COACHING EXPERIENCE
ACA Middle School Baseball, 2016-Present
Diamond Mine Showcase Assistant Coach, 2016-Present
Assistant Coach USSSA Travel Baseball, 2012-Present
Instructor at The Diamond Mine, 2014-Present

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Eric Collier
Assistant MS Coach

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Basketball - Mens

Andy Ray
Head Varsity Coach

HIGH SCHOOL
AC Reynolds High School

COLLEGE
Furman University, UNCA

ATHLETIC EXPERIENCE
High school track, cross country, football, basketball

COACHING EXPERIENCE
Youth league basketball, Fairview, NC 18 years
MS girls basketball asst., Asheville Middle School, 2 years
JV Girls Head Coach, Mountain Heritage HS, 1 year, Varsity Asst. 2 years
MS Girls Basketball Coach, Asheville Christian Academy, 1 year
WNC Basketball Club, 7 years
Varsity Boys Basketball Asst. Coach, ACA, 1 year, Head Coach, 1999-present

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Jonathan Bennett
Assistant Varsity Coach

HIGH SCHOOL
Asheville Christian Academy

COLLEGE
Montreat College, BA English, 1996, Appalachian State University, Sports Management, 1998

ATHLETIC EXPERIENCE
High school - soccer, baseball and basketball
College - basketball, 4 years and tennis, 1 year

COACHING EXPERIENCE
ACA, 2011-present
Montreat College, 2000-2006, 2009-2010
Mars Hill University, 1999-2000
Wabash Valley Community College, 1998-1999
Appalachian State basketball, 1996-1998

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Mike Woods
Assistant Varsity Coach

HIGH SCHOOL
Kings Mountain High School, 1987

COLLEGE
East Tennessee State University, BBA Corp Finance & Investments, 1991

ATHLETIC EXPERIENCE
High school basketball, baseball, track and cross county
Division I College Basketball - 4 year letterman

COACHING EXPERIENCE
Youth basketball, AAU Basketball, ETSU Basketball camp
City league youth basketball, Johnson City (4 teams)

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Thomas Johnson
Junior Varsity Head Coach

HIGH SCHOOL
Asheville Christian Academy, 2006

COLLEGE
UNCA graduate
Millgan College one year

ATHLETIC EXPERIENCE
High school basketball, baseball and soccer
College one year basketball at Milligan

COACHING EXPERIENCE
ACA - Coach JV men's basketball, 2014
ACA - Assistant coach men's basketball, 2011-present
ACA - Coach MS boys basketball, 2011-2012
Assistant varsity homeschool basketball
Camp basketball instructor since 2004

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Scott Schroder
Middle School Head Coach

HIGH SCHOOL
Florence High School, Wisconsin

COLLEGE
Northeast Wisconsin Technical Institute, UW Marathon, UNCA, Western Carolina University, Gardner-Webb University
BA Secondary Education, MA School Administration

ATHLETIC EXPERIENCE
High school basketball, baseball and soccer
College one year basketball at Milligan

COACHING EXPERIENCE
ACA Middle School Boys Basketball 1998-2005, 2015-present

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Basketball - Womens

John Williams
Head Varsity Coach

HIGH SCHOOL
Christ Church School, Virginia

COLLEGE
University of NC - Asheville, Business Marketing

ATHLETIC EXPERIENCE
High School - basketball, 4 years, golf, crew
College - basketball, 4 years
Professional - Harlem Globetrotters, 3 years

COACHING EXPERIENCE
ACA - Womens Basketball Varsity Head Coach, 2014-present Accredited trainer through Ganon Baker basketball and the Elev 8 Sports Institute, 3 years

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Joey Harrell
Assistant Varsity Coach

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Mark Sluder
Assistant Varsity Coach

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Brittany Meiners
Middle School Head Coach

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Terrie Gerolimatos
MS Assistant Coach

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Cross Country

Jason Ingle
Varsity Head Coach

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Sydney Brynn
Assistant Coach

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Hannah Moore
Assistant Coach

HIGH SCHOOL
Franklin High School (Franklin, NC)

COLLEGE
Mars Hill College, 2011, B.A. Social Work
Western Carolina University, 2016, Masters of Social Work

ATHLETIC EXPERIENCE

High School Cross-Country, Basketball and Track & Field 
College Cross-Country (4 years) and Track & Field (4 Years)
2007 South Atlantic Conference All Freshmen Team - Cross-Country

COACHING EXPERIENCE
ACA - Cross Country Assistant Coach, 2014-Present
ACA  - Track & Field Assistant Coach, 2014-Present

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Adam Hill
Assistant Coach

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Taylor Bell
Assistant Coach

HIGH SCHOOL
Asheville Christian Academy

COLLEGE
Covenant College, 2003 B.A. Psychology
Western Carolina University, 2006 M.A. School Psychology

ATHLETIC EXPERIENCE
College - Soccer, 4 years

COACHING EXPERIENCE
2009 Westminster Schools of Augusta, Women’s Keeper Coach
2017-present ACA Varsity Soccer Assistant Coach
2017-present ACA Assistant Cross Country Coach

 

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Golf

Jim Fuller
Head Coach

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Soccer

Terry Hughes
Head Varsity Coach Mens/Womens

HIGH SCHOOL
Enka High School, Enka, North Carolina, 1997

COLLEGE
Independence Community College, Independence, Kansas
Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas, BSED-Physical Education, Health and Social Studies; MSED-Secondary School Administration & Supervision

ATHLETIC EXPERIENCE
High school basketball and soccer College basketball, two years College soccer, four years

COACHING EXPERIENCE
Varsity men's and women's head soccer coach ACA 2007-present Varsity soccer coach James Island Christian School 2002-2007

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Phone: 828. 581. 2022

Brain Gompers
Mens Assistant Coach

COLLEGE
Pfeiffer University, 1985

ATHLETIC EXPERIENCE
College, soccer, 4 years starter

COACHING EXPERIENCE
ACA varsity men's soccer assistant, 2012-present
North Asheville Christian, men's soccer, 2009-2011
NCYSA/SCYSA/CESA 1992-2012
Cape Fear Breakers U17 and U18 1993-1994

Nick Ficker
Mens Assistant Coach

HIGH SCHOOL
West Henderson High School

COLLEGE
Western Carolina University, BS, Health/Physical Education, 2014

ATHLETIC EXPERIENCE
High school - varsity soccer, 3 years

COACHING EXPERIENCE
ACA, middle school soccer, 2012-present ACA, head coach varsity swimming, 2014 ACA, assistant coach varsity swimming, 2013 Henderson County HFC, middle school girls, 2 years

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Phone: 828. 581. 2200 Ext. 245

Alan Johnson
MS Boys Assistant Coach

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Samuel Duarte
MS Boys Assistant Coach

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Mary Buys
Womens Assistant Coach

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Taylor Bell
Womens Assistant Coach

HIGH SCHOOL
Asheville Christian Academy

COLLEGE
Covenant College, 2003 B.A. Psychology
Western Carolina University, 2006 M.A. School Psychology

ATHLETIC EXPERIENCE
College - Soccer, 4 years

COACHING EXPERIENCE
2009 Westminster Schools of Augusta, Women’s Keeper Coach
2017-present ACA Varsity Soccer Assistant Coach
2017-present ACA Assistant Cross Country Coach

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Becca Sharpe
Womens Assistant Coach

Swimming

Heather Butler
Assistant Coach

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Lisa Burgess
Assistant Coach

Tennis

Buster Brown
Varsity Mens Coach

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Jody Funk
Varsity Womens Coach

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Track and Field

Jason Ingle
Varsity Head Coach

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Hannah Moore
Assistant Coach

HIGH SCHOOL
Franklin High School (Franklin, NC)

COLLEGE
Mars Hill College, 2011, B.A. Social Work
Western Carolina University, 2016, Masters of Social Work

ATHLETIC EXPERIENCE

High School Cross-Country, Basketball and Track & Field 
College Cross-Country (4 years) and Track & Field (4 Years)
2007 South Atlantic Conference All Freshmen Team - Cross-Country

COACHING EXPERIENCE
ACA - Cross Country Assistant Coach, 2014-Present
ACA  - Track & Field Assistant Coach, 2014-Present

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Richard Clarke
Assistant Coach

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Volleyball

Torri Render
Varsity Head Coach

HIGH SCHOOL
Stuarts Draft High School

COLLEGE
Roanoke College, BS Health and Human Performance, 2008
LaGrange College, M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction, 2011

ATHLETIC EXPERIENCE
High School volleyball, basketball and soccer
College basketball (4 years) and volleyball (4 years)

COACHING EXPERIENCE
Asst. volleyball Northside High School (VA), 1 year
MS girls basketball coach, Cave Spring MS (VA), 1 year
Asst varsity women's basketball coach, LaGrange Academy (GA), 1 year
Asst volleyball coach, LaGrange College (GA), 2 years
MS girls basketball, ACA, 2011-2015
Varsity women's volleyball, ACA, 2011-present

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Phone: 828. 581. 2200 Ext. 242

Hannah McVay
Assistant Coach

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Paige Clement
MS Head Coach

HIGH SCHOOL
Spain Park High School

COLLEGE
Covenant College, 2013, BA Middle Education with concentration in math and science, Minor in missions

ATHLETIC EXPERIENCE
College volleyball, 4 year varsity

COACHING EXPERIENCE
ACA Assistant MS Girls Soccer, 2016
ACA Middle School Volleyball, 2015 – present
ACA Assistant Middle School Volleyball, 2014
ACA 6th Grade Volleyball - 2013

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Terri Gerolimatos
Assistant MS Coach

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Spirit Squad

Kristi Jackson
Head Coach

HIGH SCHOOL
Luverne High School/Crenshaw Christian Academy

COLLEGE
Auburn University, 1995, BA Psychology
UAB, MS Early Childhood Education

ATHLETIC EXPERIENCE
Cheerleading, Basketball, Gymnastics

COACHING EXPERIENCE
ACA Cheer Squad, 2015-present

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