Meet The Coaches

We are proud to have the best coaches in youth soccer.

Coach Adam

Coach Adam

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, Coach Adam now enjoys basketball and racquetball. Coach Adam grew up in Albuquerque, NM but loves life here in Austin. As a student at Southwestern University, Adam loves the music scene. His favorite part about coaching his soccer friends is the unpredictability and the excitement!

Fun Fact: When he’s not coaching, Coach Adam is pursuing his childhood dream of becoming a Pokemon Master.

Coach Adriana

Coach Adriana

As a true Austinite, Coach Adriana loves all of the great people and the great food that Austin has to offer. She has been nannying and helping children to thrive for nearly 5 years. Adriana also used to coach gymnastics. Whether she’s coaching gymnastics or soccer, Adriana loves to see children light up when they master a new skill for the first time! Coach Adriana began playing indoor soccer over 5 years ago and loves to play defense. When she’s not out there defending her goal, she is practicing her American Sign Language mastery skills.

Fun Fact: Coach Adriana ate jellyfish when living in Malaysia!

Coach Alette

Coach Alette

Coach Alette, a Houston, TX native, started playing soccer at the age of four and continues to play today on multiple co-ed and indoor leagues in Austin. When she’s not zooming up and down the field as a left winger/forward you might find her pursuing another one of her favorite hobbies – bouldering or paddle boarding. Coach Alette shares that her favorite part about coaching children is watching them develop their skills and their passion for the great game of soccer.

Fun Facts: Coach Alette scored the first soccer goal ever for her college team (it was their inaugural season) using her “dominant” playing foot…yep, she’s a lefty!

Coach Alexa

Coach Alexa

Coach Alexa grew up in Round Rock/Austin, Texas playing soccer (goal keeper was her favorite position). She loves staying active and being outdoors – volleyball, hiking and running are some of her favorite activities along with enjoying live music and some tasty tacos. Coach Alexa’s shares that her favorite part about coaching little kids is their enthusiasm and sense of humor. 
Fun Facts: Coach Alexa was a movie extra at the age of 9. She also shares that she loves stingrays. Maybe she was in a movie about a taco-eating stingray? 

Coach Alyson

Coach Alyson

Originally from Las Vegas, Coach Alyson has been playing soccer since she was just 5 years old! She enjoyed playing full back (a defensive position) 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 Alyssa

Coach Alyssa

Coach Alyssa started playing soccer at the age of 3 in an area slightly cooler than Austin…Wisconsin. She played soccer throughout her childhood and once in college co-founded and co-captained the club team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She continues to play soccer in Austin on indoor and outdoor leagues. Coach Alyssa has coached JV high school soccer for multiple years and also coaches youth futsal classes. She shares that she loves watching how much each child improves their skills throughout the season. When she is not playing or coaching, you can find Alyssa running, hiking, walking her two dogs, learning how to speak Russian or just enjoying a sweet treat at Sweet Caroline’s.

Fun Facts: Coach Alyssa’s hometown, (Monroe, WI) is the only place in the US that makes the stinkiest cheese around – Limburger. She shares that it smells like dirty socks but tastes delicious. Yum?

Coach Amanda

Coach Amanda

Coach Amanda, born and raised in Austin, started playing soccer at the age of 3 and continues to play on a variety of clubs, indoor leagues and any pick up game she can join. She also plays Ultimate, basketball and loves exploring Austin’s creeks, caves and river. Coach Amanda is an environmental educator for the City of Austin, teaching youth education and adult programs. She also taught swim sessions for multiple years and shares that she loves seeing children develop their confidence and comfort being around water.

Fun Facts: Coach Amanda loves Tex-Mex! Chips & homemade salsa are her favorite snack!

Coach Amber

Coach Amber

Elite Coach

Coach Amber started playing soccer at age 5 and from her first practice, she was hooked.  “It was the first thing I was as good at as my big brother!” she says. Coach Amber played club soccer at Texas Tech and in several women’s leagues here in Austin after college. Nowadays, you can often catch her at the lake. (She’s the one with the big black pit-bull in a stroller). She has recently developed a love for trampolining, so keep an eye out for her at one of the local trampoline parks!

Favorite Soccer Position: Any position that she can score a goal!

Fun Fact: Coach Amber is terrified of snakes, sharks and the dark but is otherwise fearless!

Coach Arianne

Coach Arianne

Marketing Coordinator & Elite Coach

Coach Arianne has been playing soccer for over 17 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 tennis, paddle boarding, and volunteering! She has lots of experience with children, having worked 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!!

Coach Benjamin

Coach Benjamin

Program Specialist & Elite Coach

A Texas native, Coach Benjamin started playing soccer at age 8 and continued to play through high school and college at Central Christian College in McPherson, Kansas. He started refereeing at age 13 and still continues at the collegiate level today. He used to help out with a children’s ministry program for almost a decade and still enjoys being around children because of how silly and cheerful they can be!

Fun Fact: Coach Benjamin’s favorite animal is a bear!

Coach Billy

Coach Billy

Coach Billy aka Coach Beardy started playing soccer when he was a wee little one living in the US Virgin Islands. He continued to play soccer once he and his family moved to Austin and takes advantage of every opportunity to get outside and be active. He loves photography, hiking, camping and biking. Coach Billy shares that he loves making up games to help children learn something fun and new. The more laughter the better!

Fun Facts: Coach Billy grew up on a water island that had less than 100 people. He learned American Sign Language in high school.

Coach Camilo

Coach Camilo

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 Christina F.

Coach Christina F.

Originally from San Antonio, Coach Christina has been playing soccer since she was in elementary school. She has been captain of both her club and high school teams, and played Division II soccer at St. Edwards University here in Austin. Coach Christina loves to spend time outside and make attempts at gardening.

Fun Fact: Coach Christina has three young kids to wrangle when she isn’t wrangling Soccer Shots players!

Coach Christina (Coach T)

Coach Christina (Coach T)

Coach Christina aka Coach T (her nickname all throughout her soccer career) grew up in San Antonio playing goal keeper for her club and high school teams. Coach T shares that while she LOVES San Antonio she really enjoys having so many opportunities for outdoor activities in Austin. In addition to running and biking she weightlifter and incorporates HIIT workouts into her schedule. Coach T says that she loves working with kids because you have the opportunity to make a positive impact in their lives everyday.

Fun Facts: Coach T lived in Costa Rica for a year when she was 18. Her favorite food is spaghetti.

Coach Conner

Coach Conner

Coach Conner grew up in Sugarland, TX and loves living in Austin. His favorite part about Austin is that not only is there always something to do, it usually involves music! Conner began playing soccer as a young kid and enjoyed the sport alongside his younger sister. When he isn’t thinking about soccer, Conner likes to play golf, ultimate frisbee and do yoga. Conner has been working with children for many years at his church childcare center. Coach Conner has a passion for the rewarding nature that is coaching young kiddos. His goal is always to make his soccer friends are having as much fun as possible out on Soccer Island.

Fact Fact: Coach Conner is proficient in American Sign Language

Coach Edgar U.

Coach Edgar U.

Coach Edgar has loved soccer his entire life! He played club for many years and later started his own team in the Austin Men’s League. An Austin native, he shares that he loves the culture, live music scene, easy access to nature and all of the friendly people.  Coach Edgar recently returned after spending a year teaching in South Korea. He says that one of his favorite things about teaching/coaching is seeing children fall in love with being active.

Fun Facts: Coach Edgar has traveled to 15 countries. He is a musician and a music producer – he makes hip hop and plays drums.

Coach Erin

Coach Erin

Coach Erin grew up in Bartlesville, OK. She was a soccer lover/player as well as an accomplished gymnast growing up. She and her family enjoy living in Austin for multiple reasons – the top 2…the variety of activities and yes…the food! Coach Erin has coached for 20+ years and shares that she loves working with children because you can be silly, have fun and bring out your inner child!

Fun Facts: Coach Erin was a college gymnast, Big 12 Champion and NCAA All American! She also was in a movie called “Stick.”

Coach Gloria

Coach Gloria

Coach Gloria grew up playing soccer in Miami, Florida. She continues to play soccer today and has passed her love of the game onto her three sons. Coach Gloria is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer as well as  NASM Certified Youth Exercise Specialist. She shares that her favorite part of working with children is the excitement they show when they learn new things.

Fun Facts:

Coach Gloria served in the US Army as a Military Police Officer. She is also an animal lover (3 dogs, 2 cats and 1 rabbit).

Coach Greg

Coach Greg

Director of Coaching

Greg has played soccer his whole life. He started playing Club soccer in South Africa for Moroka Swallows, he then moved to the US where he played college soccer at Texas a&m Int, he continued on to play pro at Laredo Heat SC, Austin Aztex and Oklahoma City Energy FC. His favorite part about soccer is the teamwork. Greg has coached kids at schools and camps since college. He loves watching a kid grow in confidence and learn about teamwork while they enjoy playing the game.

Fun Fact: Coach Greg speaks French!

Coach Henry

Coach Henry

Coach Henry has been playing soccer since he was only 5 years old. Preferably on defense, Henry played varsity soccer in high school and for Minnesota Thunder Academy. When Henry wasn’t playing soccer, Henry was working towards his personal trainer certification. Needless to say, Coach Henry enjoys being active. Having coached a U11 girls soccer team in the past, Coach Henry loves to be out on the soccer field with kids and their great energy.

Fun Fact: Coach Henry went skydiving in San Diego this summer!

Coach Ixchel

Coach Ixchel

Coach Ixchel was born and raised in Houston. She currently attends UT where in addition to earning a BS in Applied Learning and Development she is working towards a Professional Concentration in Coaching. In addition to a love for soccer Coach Ixchel enjoys swimming and weightlifting. She shares that she loves bringing positive energy and enthusiasm to each of her teaching and coaching sessions.

Fun Facts: Coach Ixchel’s name is Mayan and means “rainbow”. She is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

Coach Jacob

Coach Jacob

Coach Jacob grew up playing soccer in his hometown of Amarillo, Texas. He loved to play any position where he could score a goal! When he is not coaching, he really enjoys staying active by playing football, racquetball and basketball. Coach Jacob has several years of experience both coaching and officiating youth soccer!

Fun Fact: Coach Jacob is a pre-med Biochemistry major at The University of Texas at Austin!

Coach Janet

Coach Janet

Coach Janet joins the Soccer Shots team with countless years of early childhood service. Janet coached her sons team for 2 years and loves children’s ability to have fun and laugh. A child’s uncontrollable laughter is music to Janet’s ears. Growing up in Austin, Janet loves anything and everything associated with the outdoors; camping, biking, scuba and so much more. When Coach Janet isn’t in the kitchen trying new recipes, she is out front playing soccer with her son on their turf front lawn!

Fun Fact: Coach Janet loves all animals and volunteers at Austin Pets Alive every week!

Coach Jenny

Coach Jenny

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 Joaquin

Coach Joaquin

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 Julia

Coach Julia

Coach Julia grew up playing soccer in Albuquerque, NM. Playing goalie, she and her teammates won multiple state championships. She brings experience coaching club teams and coaching at summer camps. Coach Julia shares that she loves to see how excited kids get celebrating accomplishments – these are such important moments and she loves to help celebrate.

Fun Facts: Coach Julia had 5 wisdom teeth – a bonus one on the top row. She also seems to have a recurring issue with one of her pinky toes – stating that she dislocates one ~ every 6 months.

Coach Kaci

Coach Kaci

An ACE Certified Health Coach and Certified Youth Fitness Specialist, Coach Kaci has played a variety of sports since she was 4 years old including volleyball, softball, basketball, and soccer. In college she played outside-mid on her women’s intramural team and loved being a part of such a competitive yet friendly experience. Her favorite part of playing soccer is being able to work as part of a team. Kaci has been teaching children ages 2 – 16 in various sports for over 6 years! She has coached a high-energy, fun, all-sports class for kids ages 3 – 8, swim lessons for toddlers, and also competitive volleyball for girls in 5th-10th grades. She loves being able to work with a group of kids for an extended period of time and watch them grow both as people and athletes.

Fun Fact: Kaci had an amazing experience rescuing baby sea turtles in South Florida!

Coach Kait

Coach Kait

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!

Coach Kathy N.

Coach Kathy N.

Coach Kathy, a native Texan, grew up in McKinney Falls. Coming to Austin for school at UT, Kathy has fallen in love with Austin’s delicious food and great live music scene. Growing up playing soccer, Kathy has been playing since the 3rd grade. When she’s not on the field playing center defender or center mid, Kathy enjoys utilizing her Spanish skills. As if Coach Kathy isn’t busy enough, she is also training for a 1/2 marathon! Good luck Coach!

Fun Fact: Coach Kathy can wiggle one of her ears! (The left to be specific)

Coach Kelsey

Coach Kelsey

Coach Kelsey grew up playing soccer (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 Kip

Coach Kip

Coach Kip, a native Texan, grew up playing soccer and currently plays forward/right mid on Southwestern University’s men’s soccer team. In addition to soccer, he is an active basketball player and is hoping to qualify for the Boston Marathon once he completes college. Coach Kip shares that he loves watching the little ones smile when they score a goal in soccer or make a shot in basketball (yes, Coach Kip loves to coach basketball too).

Fun Facts: Coach Kip is a roller coaster “junkie.” Seek him out if you need to know any roller coaster related facts i.e., highest, fastest ride. Coach Kip also shares that when he was 13 he won an air hockey tournament and received free pizza and free air hockey play time for a week.

Coach Lainie

Coach Lainie

Elite Coach

Coach Lainie was born and raised in Austin, Texas. She studied social work and ballroom dance at the University of Texas. Her experience with children comes from being a pre-kindergarten teacher, camp counselor, orphanage volunteer, and nannying.

Coach Lainie always dreamed of coaching soccer. She started playing at the age of 6, then played for a Division 1 select team as a sweeper and forward. She was named MVP and captain for three years and led her team to the state championships many times. Unfortunately, a debilitating back injury forced her out of soccer for two years. Although she never regained her full strength, this did not stop her from returning to the field. She created her own intramural team at UT and is thrilled to be coaching the newest generation of young soccer players!

Fun Fact: Coach Lainie is an accomplished ballroom dancer and was a Teacher Assistant to the Professor of Social Dance at UT for many years. Her favorite dances are cross-step waltz, two-step, foxtrot and Argentine tango.

Coach Maia

Coach Maia

Program Specialist

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 Fact: Coach Maia once found herself face to face with a spider that was the same size as her face! Yikes!

Coach Marcello

Coach Marcello

Coach Marcello grew up in New Braunfels, TX. His love for soccer started at an early age and his playing career includes recreational, club, high school and college soccer (currently plays at Southwestern University).  When he’s not playing soccer or taking part in an intramural activity at school he is no doubt out and about in the Austin area enjoying any one of the variety of activities that make Austin so much fun. Coach Marcello shares that through coaching and reffing he really appreciates how much “joy” kids express playing soccer – their smiling, laughter and overall energy is incredible.

Fun Facts: Coach Marcello is going to be remembered for the fact that he dislikes chocolate?!! and his favorite animal is a turtle.

Coach Margie

Coach Margie

Recruiter

Coach Margie has been living in Austin since 2004 and loves to tear up the soccer field! When she isn’t spending time with her 12 year old son and her husband, she is outdoors enjoying Austin’s greenbelt. Beginning her soccer career at age 6, Margie has played high school, club, indoor and league soccer. Her defensive skills are as asset to any team she joins! As she a coach, she has helped kids of all ages to better their soccer skills. Her favorite thing is to see her players succeed with big smiles on their faces.

Fun Fact: Her mother’s day tradition is tubing down the Comal River in New Braunfels!

Coach Meredith

Coach Meredith

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 Michel

Coach Michel

Program Specialist & Elite Coach

From Dallas, Texas, Coach Michel has been playing soccer the majority of her life with over 20 years of experience! She started playing club soccer at age 10, and her favorite position is forward. Coach Michel loves little kids and is excited to not only teach children the greatest game in the world, but also to learn from them as well!

Fun Fact: Coach Michel LOVES watching cartoons, specifically Arthur being her favorite.

Coach Mitz

Coach Mitz

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

Coach Nino

Coach Nino started playing soccer at the age of 6 in his hometown of Clute, TX. He played midfield and goal keeper for multiple club teams, earning a state championship with one and also played on his high school varsity team. While Coach Nino no longer plays on a formal team, he loves playing pick up soccer and basketball games in between his college studies. Coach Nino shares that his favorite part about coaching is being around kids – they are so happy and enthusiastic!

Fun Facts:

Coach Nino listens mainly to Spanish music. He shares that he has broken every finger except his left thumb from goal keeping.

Coach Omar

Coach Omar

Coach Omar an Austin native, started playing soccer in kindergarten, fell in love with the game and continues to play today on UT’s intramural soccer league (wing is his favorite position). When he is not speeding down the sidelines, Coach Omar enjoys working out at the gym and staying cool in the pool at Barton Springs. Coach Omar shares that his coaches had such a positive impact on his life and he hopes to have a similar positive impact on the kids he coaches. 
Fun Facts:  Coach Omar’s juggling record is 109 (squeezed this record in right before a soccer game). Spoiler alert! Coach Omar also admits that when he starts a book he immediately reads the last page and then tries to create scenarios while reading that match up with the ending. 

Coach Paige

Coach Paige

Coach Paige grew up playing soccer in Beaumont, TX and just completed her collegiate career – playing center back for UT Women’s Soccer Team. Coach Paige continues to play soccer, indoor/outdoor and is also an avid Spikeball player. Her coaching experience includes the Kristine Lilly soccer camp at UT. She shares that she loves seeing the excitement on each child’s face when they score a goal – time to celebrate!

Fun Facts: Coach Paige LOVES ice cream! Loves – in fact this is one of her favorite things about Austin – all the great places for ice cream!

Coach Pamela

Coach Pamela

Coach Pamela grew up playing soccer in Lebanon. She carried this love of soccer with her to Austin, TX and still enjoys playing pick up games with her friends. Coach Pamela has volunteered as a Sunday School pre-school teacher for multiple years and loves to help little ones develop a life-long love for soccer. She recently took up the sport of tennis and when she is not out on the court or helping kids learn to play soccer you can find her exploring Austin and meeting new people.

Fun Facts: Coach Pamela loves to draw. She is also fluent in Arabic and French.

Coach Rachel

Coach Rachel

Elite Coach

Coach Rachel grew up playing soccer in NC and has been involved in playing/coaching the sport for over 20 years now. She loves soccer so much she got to go see the US women’s national team win the World Cup in Vancouver in 2015.
Rachel is a certified youth speed and agility specialist and strength coach for many ultimate frisbee teams in Austin. She also owns and plays for the first women’s semi pro ultimate frisbee team in Austin- The Austin Torch. She is now involved in starting the first ever women’s league for the sport in 2019!
Fun Fact: Coach Rachel has played in USA ultimate, goaltimate, and spikeball Nationals. I guess she likes sports or something?

Coach Roberto

Coach Roberto

Coach Roberto grew up in El Paso (check out the Fun Facts for a bit more info. on where he was born) and started playing soccer at the age of 9. He played for his club team and later on his high school’s state soccer TAPPS championship team! Coach Roberto continues to play soccer on UT’s intramural team and makes frequent visits to Barton Springs pool to relax. Coach Roberto shares that his experience as a young player helped him realize the importance of having a coach that is proactive, fun and engaging and he works hard to make sure each child he works with gets this level of attention. 
Fun Facts: Coach Roberto was born in a very small town in Kansas (believes total population was 10) and when he and his family moved to El Paso the numbers significantly dwindled! Coach Roberto shares that he missed the first penalty kick that he ever took (he’s made several since that point). 

Coach Ryan

Coach Ryan

Coach Ryan grew up in Indiana and admits he is happily enjoying Austin’s much milder winters! He played soccer in multiple leagues (including playing for his high school) as a midfielder and goalkeeper. He continues to stay active, playing sports with his 4 yr old and 8 yr old – swimming, football and they are also doing their part to be the next family of ninja warriors. His coaching experience includes baseball and t-ball and he loves seeing the confidence in kids grow as they learn new skills.

Fun Facts: Coach Ryan is writing his first fiction novel – he hopes it will be published soon.

Coach Sabur

Coach Sabur

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 Sal

Coach Sal

Coach Sal grew up playing soccer in Port Arthur, TX. He played forward on his club and high school teams. Coach Sal currently swims for Southwestern University Men’s Swimming and Diving team. When he’s not swimming, studying or coaching soccer he is out and about enjoying the many activities that Austin has to offer. He shares that his favorite part of coaching is watching each child have fun and grow as a person.

Fun Facts:

Coach Nino was born in New York and grew up playing Pokemon.

Coach Sam

Coach Sam

Coach Sam grew up playing soccer in Milwaukee, WI and shares that the weather is one of his favorite things about Austin. He has extensive experience coaching youth soccer and youth basketball.

Fun Fact: Coach Sam is a musician.

Coach Samantha

Coach Samantha

Coach Samantha grew up playing soccer on both coasts – enjoying sun filled days in Florida and California. She is currently enrolled at Michigan State University and returns to Austin to stay with family and thaw out. Coach Samantha brings extensive experience coaching a variety of sports and has spent the last few summers coaching soccer camps. She shares that she loves seeing how much each child’s skills have developed by the end of camp.

Fun Facts: Coach Samantha has lived in six states and is studying to be a kindergarten teacher!

Coach Serafina

Coach Serafina

Coach Serafina grew up playing soccer in Dallas, TX. She played left wing throughout high school and while on the club team at Texas State. She says that she loved playing on the wing because it gave her “full field involvement.” Coach Serafina is an active runner and plays pick up soccer games when possible. Her coaching experience includes working with middle school athletics. She shares that her favorite parts about coaching are providing a fun learning atmosphere and being a positive influence. 

Fun Facts: Coach Serafina’s favorite team is FC Dallas! She also loves Adidas – the cleat and gear of choice for her – she is committed to the “three stripes” brand.

Coach Shayne

Coach Shayne

An Austin native, Coach Shayne has been playing a variety of sports throughout her entire life. In particular, she has participated in track and field events and on a variety of recreational soccer teams. She loves the intensity of friendly competition! When she is not playing soccer, Shayne also loves to participate in local 5Ks around town. Although she is newer to coaching, Coach Shayne has a great background teaching pre-school aged children, and especially loves their ability to dream without limits.

Fun Fact: Coach Shayne backpacked through Europe for 4 months, visiting a total of 11 different countries!

Coach Skylar

Coach Skylar

A Texas native, Coach Skylar started playing soccer when she was just 4 years old! Growing up she played competitive soccer for a variety of clubs, and continues to play today at Concordia University. In addition to playing soccer, Coach Skylar also likes to stay active by playing other sports like basketball and volleyball. She has many years of experience both with child care and youth coaching, and loves to see the way children progress while learning a new sport!

Fun Fact: Coach Skylar has lived in 4 other states!

Coach Stephanie

Coach Stephanie

Coach Stephanie started playing soccer in 4th grade and continued playing competitively throughout high school, playing forward and later defense. She is a native Texan and spent the majority of her youth in the Corpus Christi area. She has extensive experience teaching music lessons to children including the oboe! Coach Stephanie also has a certification to teach “Insanity Live Group” or HIIT Training and is currently working on earning her personal training certification. When she’s not teaching, coaching or working out you can find her testing her culinary skills.

Fun Fact: Coach Stephanie loves to read books. She loves to “escape” into another world and improve her imagination skills.

Coach Tatiana

Coach Tatiana

Coach Tatiana has been playing soccer for over 17 years! Her soccer resume includes playing time with the elite Big North division in Michigan. Makes perfect sense that Coach T’s motto is “eat, breathe, sleep, soccer!” When she wasn’t out there tearing up the soccer field, Tatiana spent 6 years learning Spanish. Her favorite thing about coaching her soccer friends is the constant energy they bring. Coach Tatiana is childcare certified and is working on completing her teaching certification.

Fun Fact: Tatiana has been singing and playing the guitar since she was 6! Coach T does it all!

Coach Tess

Coach Tess

Coach Tess grew up playing soccer in Vienna, VA. She played all positions (except goalie) on her club, high school and college club (UVA) teams and continues to play soccer today. In addition to soccer she plays sand volleyball, runs and has started kickboxing. Coach Tess shares that she loves how many dogs there are in Austin – seeing them everyday makes her happy. Coach Tess coached summer camps for multiple years in the D.C./VA area. She loves to see each child’s confidence and love for the game grow. 
Fun Facts: Coach Tess has visited 30 different countries and also admits to waiting in line for the last Harry Potter movie for 18 hours. 

Coach Tracy

Coach Tracy

Coach Tracy grew up in Pennsylvania and is currently in Austin to pursuing her Speech-Language Pathology degree. A lifelong soccer player, Tracy is excited to be in a climate where she will not have to wear multiple layers while playing soccer. She shares that she is really looking forward to not shoveling a driveway full of snow this winter. Coach Tracy’s favorite part of coaching is seeing each child’s confidence grow throughout the season.

Fun Facts: Coach Tracy has two Soccer Shots-loving/playing nephews. She also had the opportunity to cuddle a Koala in Australia. Pictures please!

Coach Victoria

Coach Victoria

Coach Victoria, a Dallas, TX native, starting playing soccer at the age of six and continues to play today on her University’s Intramural League. She also plays intramural flag football and spends as much time outdoors as possible in Austin, hiking and enjoying Barton Creek. Coach Victoria shares that she loves coaching kids because they bring energy and enthusiasm to each session – they love learning something new!

Fun Facts: Coach Victoria was a pole vaulter in high school. She also shares that she got to go parasailing int he Philippines (she speaks Tagalog) and there is an amazing video that proves she soared up high.

Coach Wesley

Coach Wesley

Program Specialist

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 Yara

Coach Yara

Coach Yara grew up playing soccer in Lebanon and moved to Austin, TX in 2013. She doesn’t get to play as much as she likes due to her studies but enjoys playing pick up games with friends and family whenever possible. Coach Yara says that she loves living in Austin, the diversity, the food, the music – it’s incredible! She is excited to work with kids and loves to see their confidence and smiles grow when they learn something new.

Fun Facts: Coach Yara has 40+ first cousins with ages ranging from 2 years to 26 years old. She is fluent in Arabic and French (just like her sister…Coach Pamela).

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