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NIKKI WILLIAMS
Owner, Director, and Head Lacrosse Coach- Charlotte
nikki@acsportsacademy.com

 

With over 25 years of coaching experience, Nikki Williams has coached all levels of lacrosse. She spends her time both in Atlanta and Charlotte. 

Coach Nikki is the director of the Girls lacrosse program at Charlotte Latin School and works full time in the admissions office. She is the Head Coach for the Varsity team and supervises the JV and Middle School Teams.  As well as, she is currently the Executive Director of the Collegiate Women's Lacrosse Officiating Association (COA). This organization oversees all aspects of collegiate officiating. 

Before joining the Charlotte Latin coaching staff, she was the Head Coach at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA, a member of the Georgia Lacrosse Umpire Board, and served as a lacrosse official. Formerly, she was the president of the Georgia Lacrosse Foundation, Regional Chapter of US Lacrosse, as well as on the Board of the Gwinnett Lacrosse League. Coach Nikki received the US Lacrosse Youth Excellence Award for Girls’ Coach of the Year at the 2009 US Lacrosse National Convention. 

Prior to her arrival to Georgia, Coach Nikki was the varsity lacrosse coach at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Conn. for five years. There she amassed a 67-10-2 record as a Head and Assistant coach, including a perfect 17-0 season in 1996, when her team won the New England Championship.

As a player, Williams was a goalie for St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y., where her teams reached the Division III, NCAA National Tournament three times. The Saints appeared in the semifinals in 1989 and finals 1990. Williams set school records for single-season goals-against average (5.01), career saves (583), career-goals against average (5.69) and was inducted into the St. Lawrence University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002 as a member of that 1990 Division III NCAA Lacrosse Championship second place team and most recently as an individual in 2010.

TRAVIS PEARRE
Lacrosse Director and Head Coach- Atlanta
travis@acsportsacademy.com
 

Travis brings AC Lacrosse Club 16 years of coaching experience. He has been apart of AC since 2013. He began his coaching lacrosse in 2001 at North Springs High School, since then he has started the boys and girls programs at Collins Hill where he served as Boys Head Coach from 2009-2011 and the Girls Head Coach from 2009-2016.  In May 2016 Coach Travis accepted the job to teach and coach for South Forsyth High School where he will look to continue to grow the game.

Since 2011 Coach Travis has served as US Lacrosse All-American Chair, US Lacrosse All-Academic Chair, and GHSA Area Chair. Currently he is the GHSA Lacrosse Liaison for the State of Georgia while also serving on the Georgia Chapter of US Lacrosse Board. He has earned the honor of representing the game of lacrosse as the Gwinnett County Coach of the Year for 2013, 2014, & 2015. In 2016 he was chosen as Georgia Coach of the Year. Beginning in 2016 Travis became a certified US Lacrosse CDP Level 1 Trainer and currently is a Women’s Game Level 2 Trainer as well.

Coach Travis has had the privilege of coaching a number of talented players on multiple all-star teams since 2012 including the Team Georgia at the US Lacrosse National Tournament and Team Georgia at the Brine National Lacrosse Classic Tournament.

When he is not coaching lacrosse he enjoys spending time with his family including helping coach his son’s recreational teams or just playing games. No matter what level he is coaching he considers it a privilege to coach and strives to meet the high standards players deserve. 

Caroline Pyler
Field Hockey Director and Head Coach-
Charlotte
caroline@acsportsacademy.com
 

Caroline Plyler began playing field hockey in 7th grade at Charlotte Country Day.  During high school at Country Day she was a four-sport athlete receiving a school record of 14 varsity letters, as well as earning the Victora Ludorum award as the school’s top female athlete. 

Caroline was a member of the State Championship Team her sophomore year and earned All-Sate Honors in her Junior and Senior seasons. She committed to play field hockey at UNC-Chapel Hill during her junior year of high school. While at UNC, she was part of a team that won two ACC Championships and went to the NCAA Final Four for five consecutive years. The 2012 ACC Championship was won during Caroline’s freshman year when she was able to play with her older sister, Katie. Caroline graduated from Carolina in December of 2016. 

During her time at Carolina, Caroline played with 10 U.S. National team members as well as members of the German and Irish National teams. She also helped coach the Carolina All Stars Field Hockey Club, directed by Grant Fulton. She is the Assistant Varsity Coach at Country Day. She is currently attending Graduate School at UNC-Charlotte receiving her teaching license in Elementary Education, where she will graduate in May 2018.