Jason Webb, Founder
A native of Central Pennsylvania, Jason was an All-American soccer player at nearby Division III powerhouse Messiah College, and he also played professionally with the Harrisburg HEAT. He has worked extensively with soccer players of all ages for more than 20 years, and has contributed significantly to the establishment and growth of Soccer Shots. Jason and his wife Mandy reside in Hummelstown with their four children: Ella, Clara, Lyla, and Noah.
Mandy Webb, Business Manager
Mandy has been working in the rehabilitation, recreation, and physical development industries for nearly 20 years, first as a full-time physical therapist and then as the Executive Director of Soccer Shots Harrisburg & York. Mandy’s leadership of the day-to-day franchise operations, including curriculum development and coach training, contributed heavily to its growth, and she continues to impact both the local reach and the national brand of Soccer Shots.
Steve King, Executive Director
Steve was appointed Executive Director of Soccer Shots Harrisburg & York in early 2018. Prior to arriving to Soccer Shots, Steve was the Senior Associate Director of Athletics at Messiah College, where he worked for seven years. He is a former men’s basketball player for Messiah, and has worked in sports administration for more than 10 years. He and his wife, Abby, reside in Camp Hill with their three children.
Krista Scheffey, Director of Coaching
Coach Krista grew up in Lancaster County playing soccer for as long as she can remember, and played through college. She’s always had a passion for working with children, so she chose to get her degree in education from Virginia-Wesleyan College. She taught elementary school in inner-city York, and is now the Director of Coaching for Soccer Shots. Krista is excited to affect children’s lives in a new way! She resides in Marietta with her husband Evan and son Maddox.
Melissa Haldeman, Program Coordinator
Melissa is originally from the Harrisburg area and grew up playing soccer for local teams, including LDC and Challenge United. After playing high school soccer at Hershey, Melissa went to Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, to continue her soccer career. After two years, Melissa came back to Pennsylvania and graduated from Penn State University with a B.S. in recreation, park and tourism management. For the last seven years, she worked in the hospitality industry with Hershey Entertainment and Resorts, but soccer never truly left her life. Since college, she has been an instructor for Soccer Shots, as well as the JV coach for the Milton Hershey High School girls’ soccer team. Melissa lives in Hershey with her husband Brenton, daughter Grace and son Bryce.
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The “Three C's” – Coaching, Communication and Curriculum
The foundation of Soccer Shots is our relentless commitment to providing best-in-class coaching, communication and curriculum.
The best coaches in the business
- Every Soccer Shots coach must complete our comprehensive training program to receive certification.
- All Soccer Shots coaches are trained in the use of developmentally appropriate techniques.
- Coaches are routinely evaluated and undergo ongoing training.
- Our coach selection process evaluates not only the ability to coach soccer, but also the ability to engage and inspire children.
An exceptional customer experience with ongoing communication
- You will receive a weekly summary of what your child is learning at Soccer Shots.
- We proactively communicate cancellations due to weather or other circumstances.
- Our staff understands the importance of timely, responsive communication.
Expert-approved curriculum that aligns with early childhood education standards
- Our developmentally appropriate curriculum places an emphasis on character development and skill building.
- Our program is created under the guidance of childhood education specialists, professional soccer players and experienced and licensed soccer coaches.
- We constantly re-evaluate and update our curriculum to stay current with childhood education standards.
The History of Soccer Shots
Our founding partners, Jeremy Sorzano and Jason Webb, were soccer teammates both in college and professionally. They formed Soccer Shots® in 1998 after recognizing a lack of quality soccer programs for children under age 8. They shared an entrepreneurial spirit, a deep love of soccer, and a passion to inspire children to live fit and healthy lives.
The success of Soccer Shots in Charlotte, NC and Harrisburg, PA, where Sorzano and Webb first launched their businesses, led to several of their friends and former teammates wanting to get involved. In 2005, Soccer Shots began franchising and opened its first four franchises in OH, DE, FL, and PA. The business opportunity began to attract more soccer entrepreneurs, and Soccer Shots has enjoyed growing around the country and into Canada.
In May of 2009, Justin Bredeman, another former college soccer teammate, became the third Soccer Shots partner. Justin brought with him eight years of experience from Auntie Anne’s, Inc., a pretzel franchising company, where he led a team that supported nearly 800 franchise units. His deep understanding of the franchise business model also comes from the knowledge gained from his five years of owning and running a Soccer Shots business of his own.
In August of 2009, the Soccer Shots partners founded the Soccer Shots Foundation, the non-profit arm of Soccer Shots. The Soccer Shots Foundation provides opportunities to economically challenged children within the U.S. and around the world through the game of soccer.
From its humble beginnings, Soccer Shots has grown beyond Jeremy and Jason’s biggest dreams, with over 180 territories across 37 states and Canada. In 2016, more than 335,000 children participated in Soccer Shots.
The business is consistently recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine as the #1 Children’s Fitness Franchise in the U.S. And today, Soccer Shots is positioned as the best-in-class children’s soccer program with a focus on character development.
And while the accolades are appreciated, our mission remains focused – positively impacting children’s lives.
Soccer Shots Franchising, LLC is based in central Pennsylvania, just east of Harrisburg.
Stronger Youth. Beyond the Game.
We believe that soccer is a powerful vehicle for positively impacting youth. Through our partnership with the U.S. Soccer Foundation, we aim to impact children who live in underserved communities through quality soccer programs that support their physical and personal development.