Tyrone Jones, Director
A native of California, Tyrone earned a BS in Child Development from Fresno State (as a student-athlete). As an early educator, he has served for 12+ years in leadership, including a center director role in early education. For 10 years, Tyrone directed a non-profit soccer program for typical and special needs children called E-soccer. Off the field, Tyrone enjoys fitness and coaching (Certified Personal Trainer), and spending time with his beautiful wife and two incredible boys.
Nich Sullivan, Operations Manager
A native of Kansas City, Nich spent nearly ten years in the transportation and entertainment industries. He brings logistical know-how and a drive for operational success cultivated from a wide-ranging environmental background. He is a relatively recent transplant to the Bay Area and a nature lover; and when outside the office he can often be found at one of several state parks with his wife, Samantha. He is currently pursuing ECE education, and is thrilled to be a member of the Soccer Shots team. Fun fact: Nich has a beautiful “fur family” of four black cats and an ever-growing collection of vinyl records.
Miguel Velazquez, Director of Coaching
A native of the Bay Area, Miguel earned a BS in kinesiology from SJ State, and is ECE certified. Miguel played soccer through high school, and is an avid youth coach (CYSA licensed and Positive Coaching Alliance trained). He has worked for 6 years with after school programs, and brings a savvy and fun presence to the field. Off the field, he enjoys playing soccer and spending time with his community and family.
Laura von Stockhausen, Program Coordinator
A native of San Jose, Laura earned a BA from University of Oregon (and played club water polo). Laura worked for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) as Marketing Coordinator, and ran the ‘30 Under 30 Program’ that selected the best under-30 soccer coaches in the country. She earned a Masters Degree in Coaching from the University of Stirling, in Scotland, and is currently pursuing ECE certification. Laura also interned for the SJ Earthquakes and SF 49ers. In her free time, Laura loves to spend time with her German Shepherd named Dax.
Jennifer Trip, Customer Service Specialist
A native of New Braunfels, Texas, Jennifer is working on the senior year of her online B.A. degree in Education. She has a background in customer service specializing in curriculum advice, home education, childhood development, and extra-curricular enrichment programs for families. Jennifer’s greatest joys are spending time with her family, friends, church community, and volunteering whenever she gets the opportunity. Fun Fact: one of her hobbies is music, where she sings in her choir, plays the piano, and enjoys her newest instrument – the harp!”
Briana Turk, Admin Assistant
A native of the Bay Area, Briana graduated from Hillsdale High School, where she was on the dance team. She comes to us with experience in customer service and loss prevention. Briana is currently pursuing her degree in Forensic Anthropology at San Jose State University. In her free time, Briana enjoys boxing and spending time with her family. A fun fact about Briana – her favorite cuisine is Japanese!
A native of California, James earned a BS with honors from Biola University. His joy for working with youth (US and abroad) in the non-profit community led him to found Soccer Shots in the Bay Area. James is a CYSA coach, working with U5-U10 recreation and competitive teams. As an educator, he is ECE certified and an elected public school district board member. James and his wife (an ex-collegiate soccer player) enjoy the faith community, soccer and spending time with their children.
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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.