Jenna Maher, Program Coordinator
Some of Jenna’s best memories growing up were playing soccer with her teammates. She hopes to instill that initial joy of being part of a team with the children she works with. After her freshman year of high school, she and a friend from church organized the first community soccer program in her town. She was surprised by the impact she could make, even in neighboring communities, to foster a love for athletics. At the University of Minnesota, Jenna spent her free time playing intramural soccer, as well as working with a community education office matching academic and athletic teachers with interested individuals. Today, Jenna enjoys singing 90’s music and volunteering with Habitat for Humanity.
Megan Kowalewski, Director of Coaching
For Megan soccer has been a part of her life since she was five years old; she believes that through the sport she has learned valuable qualities such as teamwork and commitment. Her love of the sport thrived in high school and college where she went on to play for the Hood College Women’s Soccer Team. She was a captain for Hood Soccer for two of her four years at Hood College and was also active as a mentor for incoming students. Megan has a B.A. in Elementary and Special Education and a minor in Mathematics Education. She has a passion for teaching and soccer, so coaching just came naturally to her. Megan has been with Soccer Shots as a coach since 2010 and is currently a Director of Coaching for the Baltimore area. She believes in empowering children in a fun way through soccer.
Assistant Coaching Program Coordinator
Chris has been a coach since 2016. He graduated from Goucher College with a Bachelor’s of the Arts in Psychology. He is also currently a part-time musician who performs up and down the Eastern Seaboard with several different Baltimore based groups. He studied childhood development in a multicultural context abroad in Denmark for four months, where he learned how a community can positively impact a young child. His favorite part about being a Soccer Shots coach is watching the children incorporate our character words, such as Respect and Encouragement, into our sessions and using these words to help their fellow players overcome obstacles.
Mike Sweat, Regional Director
Mike is a native of Baltimore County and has grown up playing soccer. He developed a love for coaching during his early high school years, spending his summers working at local soccer camps. He served as the director of a local non-profit group that worked to provide direction, leadership, mentoring, and encouragement for young people. In total, he has coached young soccer players at the youth and high school levels for over 20 years. He is an active member of the NSCAA and holds a national “D” coaching license. Soccer Shots has brought his two passions in life together – impacting youth and the game of soccer.
Camilo Beltran, Executive Director
Camilo is a former Maryland regional and state champion soccer player from Bethesda Chevy Chase High School. Camilo also grew up playing for the Bethesda Soccer Club where he won multiple championships and accolades. Camilo attended University of Maryland College Park where he majored in finance with a minor in marketing and Spanish business culture. Camilo has been coaching youth soccer in Northern Virginia for more than six years. His positions have included the Potomac School in Mclean, the Great Falls High Performance Academy, and NCSL and WAGS travel teams for the Reston Soccer Association. Camilo holds a USSF D License.
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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 throughout the U.S. through quality soccer programs that support their physical and personal development.