Integrator - Austin and San Antonio
Laura’s love of soccer ignited in Virginia during middle and high school. She captained her school teams five of six years while playing forward or outside defender before settling in at center midfielder. She continued on to play intramural in college and still plays weekly in the Austin Women’s Soccer League.
Called to impact youth, Coach Laura earned degrees from the University of Virginia and North Carolina Central University. She then taught kindergarten through fifth grades in North Carolina and Texas. She also brings experience as a curriculum developer and educational consultant. She began coaching soccer and swimming during college and has coached Austin youth for over ten years. She enjoys anntoring fellow coaches and thrives through the smiles shared with children as they build confidence, friendships and fun!
Senior Program Coordinator
Kait brings to our team years of childcare experience, humor, and enthusiasm! She grew up playing a variety of sports including soccer, softball, and running track. Originally from Abilene, TX, Kait has nannied for several families, coached little kiddos, and enjoys positively impacting everyone around her! In addition to her passion for teaching children, she also loves music, film, and food!
Fun Fact: Coach Kait loves to laugh and is an aspiring drummer!
Marketing Coordinator & Elite Coach
Coach Arianne has been playing soccer for over 18 years! Hailing from the DFW area, she started playing for FC Dallas Youth, then IM in college, and in Paris, France when she studied abroad. Her favorite position is forward because she loves the challenge of scoring GOALS! Arianne also loves reading, tennis, paddle boarding, and volunteering! She has lots of experience with children, working formerly as a camp counselor, childcare supervisor, and AmeriCorps literacy tutor for AISD. Her favorite part about working with kids is their unfailing ability to find fun and joy in anything!
Fun Fact: Coach Arianne checked off an item on her bucket list in 2015 by attending a European soccer match between PSG and St. Etienne. So intense!!
Senior Program Specialist & Elite Coach
Serafina grew up playing soccer in Dallas, TX. She played left wing throughout high school and intramurally at Texas State University where she studied Exercise & Sport Science. Her teaching experience comes from coaching Middle School Athletics and Elementary Physical Education. She has always had a passion for soccer and shares that her favorite parts about coaching are providing a fun learning environment and being a positive influence.
Fun Facts: Coach Sera has been attending Dallas Burn/Fc Dallas matches since she was a child. She has also become a huge Austin FC supporter because of their growing impact on the community and strong focus on youth development!
Coach Wesley grew up in Southern Alabama and has been playing soccer since he was five years old. He has played club, high school and recreational soccer for twenty years now! He loves working with kids and loves being able to help build a child’s confidence when they learn a new skill. His favorite position is mid-field and has worked as a referee for several years. If he isn’t outdoors running or hiking, you can catch him playing in pickup games all around Austin.
Coach Wesley LOVES to travel and has been to more than ten countries. Most recently, he has been to Italy and Mexico.
Coach Adam W.
Coach Adam spent almost 10 years playing the great sport of soccer. Before hanging up his soccer cleats due to an injury, Adam played mostly center-back. Along with playing pick up games, he now enjoys basketball and racquetball. Coach Adam grew up in Albuquerque, NM but loves life here in Austin. As a recent graduate of Southwestern University, Adam loves the music scene. His favorite part about coaching children’s soccer is the unpredictability and excitement!
Fun Fact: When he’s not coaching, Coach Adam is pursuing his childhood dream of becoming a Pokemon Master.
Originally from Las Vegas, Coach Alyson has been playing soccer since she was just 5 years old! She enjoyed playing fullback because she liked preventing the other team from scoring more than she enjoyed scoring herself. She continues to play soccer recreationally for fitness and also enjoys hiking, running, swimming, and playing tennis. Coach Alyson has many years working with children, both as a nanny and as a montessori preschool teacher. She especially enjoys seeing how innately energetic and curious they can be while learning!
Fun Fact: Coach Alyson used to work at a museum and once accidentally got locked in a cage with a bunch of dinosaur bones!
Coach Andres was born in Guatemala City, where he lived until he moved to Florida at the age of 18. Coach Andres grew up playing soccer and is a huge soccer fan. He hoped to play professionally until an injury deterred him. Coach Andres has coached young children in soccer before moving to Austin and loves to inspire future players of the beautiful game! He is fluent in Spanish and holds a US “F” coaching license. When he is not working his full time job and coaching soccer, Coach Andres can be found playing golf or soccer or enjoying Austin’s food diversity.
Fun fact: Coach Andres can impersonate any animal sound!
Coach Blake is a huge soccer fan! He has been playing his entire life and currently plays on a select club team as well as his high school team. He is currently captain of his club team and has held that role for several years. Coach Blake’s experience with children comes from the many children in his neighborhood who he has mentored in (you guessed it) soccer! He loves seeing their skills improve over time. Coach Blake also grew up in Austin and loves the Austin vibe.
Fun fact: Coach Blake was invited to Barcelona, Spain in 2017 to participate in an international training camp sponsored by Barcelona FC!
Coach Camilo was born in Bogota, Colombia and moved to Houston (The Woodlands area) at the wee age of one month! At the age of 3, he started playing soccer, later playing competitively on his club, high school and intramural teams. He continues to play soccer today, in between running and lifting weights. Coach Camilo is fluent in Spanish and shares that one of his favorite things about coaching is seeing children get excited when they score a goal. He says it’s also pretty great to watch the excitement on the parent’s face too!
Fun Facts: Coach Camilo doesn’t play video games. He does admit that he falls asleep most evenings watching Friends or The Office.
Coach Chloe is currently a student at the University of Texas. She grew up in Houston, which explains why she loves that there is always something to do in Austin. Coach Chloe has been working with children since she was in middle school and loves getting to know and understand each unique personality. She played soccer when she was little and basketball during high school, and continues to play both sports whenever she can. When Coach Chloe isn’t playing sports, going to classes, studying or coaching, she likes to spend her time cooking.
Fun fact: Coach Chloe was captain of the drum line in high school band.
Coach Cynthia is an native Austinite who grew up in this soccer city playing–surprise, surprise–soccer! She started when she was 4 years old, playing on her local rec team and then progressing to club with the FC Barcelona Austin squad. She has worked with children in the past, and loves seeing them grow and how goofy they can be. Coach Cynthia loves all that Austin has to offer!
Fun Facts: Coach Cynthia loves crafting and she has a tattoo of a shark!
Coach Emma hails just from outside of Austin, in Liberty Hill, and brings a love of soccer, running, and working with kids! She’s played soccer all throughout childhood, playing club, in high school, and later intramural in college. She also ran cross country and continues to run through all the parks in Austin. She has lots of experience with children and her favorite part about interacting with them is seeing them master a tricky skill and grow in confidence.
Fun Facts: She speaks conversational Arabic and loves banjos (but can’t play)!
A native Chicagoan, Coach Eric loves the hills of Austin, running, weightlifting, and of course, playing soccer. He started at the wee age of 3, served as the captain of his high school varsity team, played club in college, and now continues with pick-up around the city. His favorite position is midfield because he loves the opportunity to score or assist others in scoring. Fluent in Spanish, Coach Eric recently completed a youth development program in Costa Rica and also coached a U10 soccer team!
Fun Fact: Coach Eric played Baloo in an 8th grade performance of The Jungle Book!
Coach Hunter (Coach H)
A native San Antonian, Coach H is currently studying German and plays on an IM soccer, basketball, and flag football team at school! A natural athlete, he grew up playing soccer with his friends back home. Coach H has worked with children for 17 years, with a lot of his experience from teaching children with special needs how to ride bikes. He enjoys how much fun kids are to be around!
Fun Facts: Coach H has 2 permanently broken fingers and he doesn’t like cheese!
Coach Jacob grew up playing soccer, baseball, football, swimming and more in Texas City, Texas. He continues to stay active engaging in a variety of activities and loves that Austin always has a new adventure to take on. Coach Jacob has coached camps for several years and enjoys seeing each child’s excitement build as their confidence grows.
Coach Jacob played Lord Farquaad in Shrek the Musical his Senior year in High School. Coach Jacob shares that the best meal he ever had was home-cooked in a village by the Great Wall of China.
Coach JB has been coaching for 19 years and he LOVES soccer. He grew up playing soccer in Victoria, Texas and continues to play at Zilker park whenever he can. When growing up, he played soccer at all levels, including club and high school as a midfielder and striker. Coach JB loves the outdoors and all that Austin has to offer, including the running trails which he uses regularly. He has a Master’s degree in Education and is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and has loads of experience working with children.
Fun fact: Coach JB is in the process of starting his own Applied Behavior Analysis practice for kids on the autism spectrum!
Coach Jeff grew up in the great mid-west aka Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas. Early on he developed a love for soccer and the great outdoors. He enjoys rock climbing, bicycling, sailing, roller skating and when he needs to relax…a bit of yoga. Coach Jeff shares that he loves working with children and has a great time coming up with unique ways to capture and maintain their attention.
Coach Jenny, a San Antonio native, grew up with a love for the game of soccer courtesy of her father who is an avid Mexican National Team supporter. She shares that he helped her and her siblings become passionate about the game. Coach Jenny is currently working on earning her teaching certificate for theatre at UT Austin and shares that she has been tap dancing since the age of 4 – fast feet make it super easy to do step-overs and pull backs! Coach Jenny shares that she enjoys working with kids because they bring such joy and fun and make you feel so happy.
Fun Facts: Coach Jenny has 10 siblings (8 younger brothers and 2 older sisters. She also has two HUGE puppies.
Coach Jeremy has first hand experience as a Soccer Shots parent as his son has been enrolled in Soccer Shots for many seasons! Coach Jeremy grew up playing soccer in San Antonio and Houston, playing from the age of five through his high school years. He played as a goalie for all of those years! Coach Jeremy has lived in Austin for more than ten years now and loves the abundance of family activities available in Austin.
Fun Facts: Coach Jeremy can say the alphabet backwards in less than 5 seconds and came in first place in a turkey calling contest!
Coach Joaquin has been playing soccer since he was 5 years old! Growing up in Alice, Texas he played on various teams learning skills to be an amazing goal keeper. He played on his high school team as the goalie, and now is the goal keeper for his intramural team as well. When he is not playing soccer competitively or recreationally, he likes to play basketball and flag-football. As the oldest of 7, Coach Joaquin has a lot of experience working with children, and enjoys watching the excitement of a child when they master a new skill.
Fun Fact: Coach Joaquin can ride a unicycle!
Coach Joyce grew up in a very small town in the valley, where she played soccer for all of her childhood and learned to speak fluent Spanish. She played as a mid-fielder and was a starting varsity player as a freshman in her high school. Coach Joyce has previous experience coaching children to play tennis and says when she is around children she can’t help but try to match their energy and keep up with them. Growing up in a small town has given Coach Joyce a true appreciation for all that Austin has to offer, including her favorite activity: kayaking.
Fun facts: Coach Joyce swam with the biggest fish in the ocean, Whale Sharks! And has a Funko pop collection that consists of over 100 pops!
Coach Julie comes to us with many years of experience playing, coaching and teaching! She has coached both her daughters’ soccer teams and their basketball teams for many years and currently holds a NSCAA license as a certified soccer coach for kiddos under 10. Coach Julie played soccer growing up in Atlanta, Ga, where her high school team won state championship 3 years in a row! In addition to all that experience, she has also been a teacher with Austin ISD for many years. Coach Julie loves the ease of raising a family in Austin and also the ability to have so many outdoor activities, like running and camp gladiator, both of which she regularly participates in. Her favorite part about coaching is seeing the smiles on the child’s face after accomplishing a skill or something they have been working on in practice.
Fun facts: Coach Julie and her family have a rescue dog named Patches and a Leopard Gecko named Lemon.
Coach Kat is a local musician who was just selected to sing the national anthem at the Dell Diamond! She played soccer in high school and continues to play soccer and basketball non-competitively with her friends. Coach Kat also works out at the gym and runs when she is not making music or coaching! Coach Kat says the thing she loves most about Austin is, naturally, the music scene and the sense of community Austin has. Coach Kat’s experience with kids comes from years of babysitting and she loves to see how they light up when they learn something new.
Fun fact: Coach Kat was born in Turkey and grew up mostly in Kuwait!
Coach Kelsey grew up playing soccer as a goal-scoring forward in Friendswood, TX. She shares that moving to Austin has stoked her love for hills – there are so many great hills in Austin! Coach Kelsey spent several summers coaching soccer camps and says that she loves seeing the BIG smiles on each child’s face and seeing their confidence grow from the beginning to the end of camp.
Fun Facts: Coach Kelsey is a Political Communications major at the University of Texas. She is also obsessed with all things Disney (even her credit cards are Disney themed).
Coach Kristen comes to Soccer Shots having worked with children with challenges at the Candlelight Ranch. She played primarily as a goalie for 11 years with her club and high school teams. She also played a little defender, wind and midfielder. She continues to help her younger sister with her practices as well as working out and the occasional pick up game. Kristen grew up in this area and loves going to Zilker Park.
Fun fact: Coach Kristen’s grandmother calls her “monkey” because she loves to climb, run around and be outside!
Coach Kyle was born and raised in Austin, TX and has been immersed in soccer for years as a player, coach, and referee! He started playing when he was just 4 years old and continued on to coaching a U-10 soccer team, and then also added referee to his resume–a position he’s held for the past 27 years! Coach Kyle truly enjoys teaching children and helping them to better their skills to be the best they can be!
Fun Facts: Coach Kyle was also a fire fighter and professional Santa Claus!
Coach Kyra just graduated from the University of Texas and plans to pursue a degree in Law. While at UT she played for the women’s NCAA D1 team, following a successful high school soccer career and playing on a competitive ECNL team (Elite Clubs National League). Currently, she is training for the Austin marathon. Coach Kyra comes to us with many years of coaching kids swim lessons as well as coaching soccer players during the UT summer soccer camps. She grew up in San Antonio and loves the food and nature Austin has to offer.
Fun fact: Coach Kyra has a new pup named Quinn (who is super cute!) and she loves to bake and cook!
Coach Lane is an art and soccer lover who hails from The Woodlands. She grew up playing club soccer for 10 years and varsity soccer through high school. Her favorite position was midfielder! Now in Austin, Coach Lane likes to stay active by working out and playing basketball on occasion. She has experience coaching children through hosting private lessons in her neighborhood and coaching at sports camps back in her hometown. Her favorite part about working with kids is seeing how much fun they can have!
Fun Fact: Coach Lane got into one of the top 5 art schools in the country!
Originally from San Antonio, Coach Maddie joins the Soccer Shots team ready to make an impact! She grew up playing the beautiful game with her cousins during family reunions, playing any position where she was needed. She loves walking her dog around the Austin neighborhoods, exploring the city with her friends, and comic books! Coach Maddie’s favorite part about working with children is seeing their excitement when they learn a new skill and can’t wait to experience that as a coach.
Coach Madeline is another rare Austinite! The thing she loves about Austin is all the music festivals that come to town. Coach Madeline adores little children and working with them! Her favorite thing about children is their ability to get engulfed by their imaginations and genuinely not care what people think of them. Coach Madeline played soccer growing up and through middle school. These days she spends her time on the volleyball court and golf course.
Fun fact: Coach Madeline is the oldest of 5 siblings!
Having grown up in Ecuador, Uruguay and Peru, Coach Maia has lived in some amazing places! During her travels throughout South America, Maia began her coaching career with a varsity girls soccer team at a private school in Indonesia. Now with 2 years of coaching and 10 years of childhood experience under her belt, Coach Maia is psyched to be out on Soccer Island with her soccer friends. Maia loves the contagious enthusiasm children bring to each and every session. Having recently moved to Austin, Coach Maia loves the diversity and of course the yummy food!
Fun Facts: Coach Maia once found herself face to face with a spider that was the same size as her face! Yikes! She’s also fluent in Spanish and one of our go-to bilingual coaches.
Hailing from Abilene, TX, Coach Meg comes to Austin with a long history of soccer and hiking! Beginning when she was just 4 years old, Coach Meg has experience playing all of the soccer positions but is a pro at playing sweeper and midfield. She also loves to hike (one of the main reasons she loves Austin) and is training to climb 14ers this summer! Whoa! Coach Meg loves working with children and sharing the game with them and can’t wait to get out on the field.
Fun Fact: Coach Meg speaks French and studied in France for a semester! On y va, Coach!
Coach Megan is one of our few native Austinites who comes to us with a load of soccer experience. She got her start when she was only 4 years old playing for Lonestar growing up. In high school, she then helped her team reach state (whoa!), mastering every position on the field, and later played club soccer at Texas State. In addition to soccer, she likes to stay active by running, taking walks, and doing Camp Gladiator. She’s excited to bring the joy of soccer to kids and help build that foundation that she experienced as a child, and loves to be silly and make them laugh.
Fun Fact: Megan has her own photography business on the side! 📸
Coach Meredith grew up in DFW but has since lived in every major Texas city except El Paso. She started playing soccer on a co-ed team at the age of 4, played throughout high school and continues to play recreational soccer today. In addition to soccer, Coach Meredith enjoys the great artistic and creative culture of Austin and of course – tacos. She shares that her favorite part of about coaching is seeing how enthusiastic and excited kids get when they learn a new skill and develop confidence in themselves.
Fun Facts: Coach Meredith spent the summer in Kenya hanging out with giraffes and elephants (and of course watching the World Cup). She shares that she can also count to 100 in Mandarin.
Coach Mika grew up in San Antonio, Texas, moving to Austin to attend the University of Texas. Her favorite thing about Austin is all the great food trucks. Coach Mika played as a goalie during school, but currently she enjoys skiing, dancing and swimming. Coach Mika loves to see how excited kids get when they see improvement! Coach Mika is currently in the theatre program at UT and loves to get into all the characters we play during Soccer Shots!
Fun fact: Coach Mika’s favorite animal is a giraffe and she plays the violin!
Coach Mitz is a native Austinite. He grew up enjoying Austin’s great music, culture, and of course playing soccer. He started a paintball league when he was in high school and later helped coach the team. Coach Mitz shares that one of his favorite things about coaching is bringing smiles to children’s faces.
Fun Facts: Coach Mitz enjoys bouldering and sailing. He also is an avid concert goer – trying to attend at least one a month (mainly Indie or Latino).
Coach Nino’s passion for soccer began over 30 years ago when he first began playing! He played as a young boy, played throughout high school and college and currently plays on an adult league as a midfielder and forward and as many pickup games as he can squeeze into his busy life as a dad and coach. Coach Nino grew up in a military family so he has lived all over. His favorite part of Austin is the weirdness! He speaks moderate Spanish and loves inspiring youngsters.
Fun fact: Coach Nino loves to rock out on the guitar!
Originally from La Porte, TX, Coach Peyton joins our squad full of soccer and coaching experience! Beginning at the age of 3, she played for 10 years with the Challenge Soccer Club as a goalkeeper and continued on her varsity team all 4 years. She’s served as a volunteer for the past 5 years as a coaching youth instructor for soccer camps in her hometown and earned a coaching minor from Texas State where she’s also currently studying for her nursing degree. Coach Peyton loves to watch children grow and progress in a skill and to see how willing they are to learn. When she’s not playing soccer, she loves exploring Austin and checking out the scenery and hiking trails.
Fun Fact: Coach Peyton has 4 pet glowfish!
Coach Ryan B.
Coach Ryan was born and raised and Austin, TX. She has played soccer for 15+ years and currently plays intramural soccer in between studies at The University of Texas at Austin. Coach Ryan shares that her favorite part about coaching little kids is seeing how full of excitement and passion they are and watching them grow and develop their skills.
Fun Fact: Coach Ryan wants to be a surgeon!
Coach Sabur aka “Coach Big Beard” recently moved to Austin from the NY area. He is loving the warm weather and the friendly people and is prepared for the summer heat (as much as one can prepare). Coach Big Beard has extensive coaching experience including soccer, wrestling and teaching martial arts. He earned his first black belt at age 13 and continues to study martial arts.
Fun Fact: Coach Sabur is a two-time high school wrestling champion!
Coach Skye grew up in San Antonio and currently lives in Round Rock. She loves all the shops in Austin, especially the video and vinyl shops. She grew up playing soccer and played throughout her high school career. When Coach Skye isn’t taking classes, studying, shopping or watching movies, she can be found at the gym working out. Coach Skye’s kid experience comes from working at Morgan’s Wonderland (a non-profit park in San Antonio, designed with special-needs individuals in mind and built for everyone’s enjoyment in an atmosphere of inclusion). She is also expecting to graduate with a degree in Communication Disorders.
Fun fact: Coach Skye is a big film person and can talk about film for days if anyone would listen that long. Her favorite artist is David Bowie and even has a portrait tattoo of him!
Coach Sydney was born in Arlington, TX but grew up in Columbia, SC. She admits she started playing soccer at the age of 5 strictly for the snacks but ended up loving the game; playing. center mid and right back on her school, club and college teams. Coach Sydney is a certified personal trainer and shares that when she is not playing soccer with friends and family she loves to run, hike and take her dog to enjoy all the great outdoor options in Austin. Coach Sydney shares that she enjoys the fun, excitement and energy that children bring to each session.
Coach Sydney’s dog is named after Batman…that’s right Bruce Wayne! She also shares that a major item on her bucket list is to list every National Park. She’s got 5 down!
If you have a passion for positively impacting children through youth sports, we’d love to talk to you.