Meet The Coaches

Get to know our team of experienced, passionate and fun coaches and early educators.

Coach Lisa

Coach Lisa

In her 18th Season with Soccer Shots

Coach Lisa, a veteran of coaching, teaching and child care, joined the Soccer Shots team in 2012. With a degree in Child Development, Lisa has owned, managed and staffed centers for children for over two decades. Lisa’s passion for children and zestful energy is evident on and off the field.

Coach Miguel

Coach Miguel

In his 11th Season with Soccer Shots

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.

Coach Tyrone

Coach Tyrone

In his 11th Season with Soccer Shots

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. 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.

Coach Manuel

Coach Manuel

In his 8th Season with Soccer Shots

A native of San Jose, Coach Manuel is a current student at De Anza College. For 8 years, he served as school age staff at a non-profit after care program as a bilingual liaison for parents and children. Manuel brings a passionate focus and gentle nature to the children he serves.

Coach Jose

Coach Jose

In his 8th Season with Soccer Shots

A native of San Jose, Coach Jose is a graduate of Silver Creek HS. Jose began coaching soccer in 2011 as the boys and girls coach at Downtown College Preparatory-Alameda HS. Since, he was a Community Ally at Public Allies of Silicon Valley, a PE Coach at Alum Rock Middle School, Champion School, and a Summer Camp Program Director at Santa Maria Urban Ministry. He is currently pursuing ECE certification. Jose brings enthusiasm and experience to every session he leads.

Coach Laura

Coach Laura

In her 7th Season with Soccer Shots

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. Fun fact: Laura was voted “Most Spirited” in high school.

Coach Mariza

Coach Mariza

In her 3rd season with Soccer Shots

Mariza joins the Soccer Shots team as a multiple-sport athlete and coach. Mariza has coached and played soccer, softball, basketball, and volleyball, specifically, in the Central Valley. She is currently studying Criminology at Fresno State. In her spare time, Mariza enjoys running, and working out. Fun fact: Mariza has a huge crush on Superman.

Coach Adrian

Coach Adrian

In his 4th season with Soccer Shots

A native of the San Jose, Adrian grew up playing soccer and loves working with children. Adrian is currently attending San Jose State University pursuing his degree in Child and Adolescent Development for Teaching. Coach Adrian brings nearly 10 years of experience of working with children to the Soccer Shots team, spending many of those years working as a CORAL after school instructor and S.T.E.M. Instructor for school age children. Adrian’s favorite part about working with children is seeing the excitement in their faces when they know it’s time to play soccer! When he is not playing soccer, Adrian loves to play and watch basketball and is an avid Golden State Warriors fan!

Coach Savannah

Coach Savannah

In her 3rd season with Soccer Shots

A native of Southern California, Coach Savannah joins the team with a BA in Early Childhood Studies from CSU Channel Islands and is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Multiple Subject Credentials from SJSU to become a teacher. Coach Savannah has a real passion for working with children and loves that they always say exactly what they are thinking, no matter what! Besides playing soccer one of Savannah’s favorite hobbies is visiting new trails and hiking. A fun fact about Coach Savannah is that her favorite princess of all times is Rapunzel!

Coach Juan

Coach Juan

In his 3rd season with Soccer Shots

A native of the South Bay, Coach Juan joins the team with a passion of helping people of all ages. Coach Juan says that his favorite part about working with children is seeing them gain confidence every week! In addition to his love of soccer, Coach Juan has also coached tennis. When he is not working with Soccer Shots, Juan enjoys spending time with his family and is a self described “Star Wars Geek”.

Coach Gabriel

Coach Gabriel

In his 3rd season with Soccer Shots

A native of Puerto Rico and Southern California, Coach Gabriel joins the Soccer Shots team while he currently works on finishing his Engineering degree from San Jose State University. Gabriel brings great experience as a youth soccer coach, and describes his favorite part of working with children as seeing all the different personalities and perspectives children bring to Soccer Shots sessions! When Coach Gabriel isn’t in class and working with young children he loves to spend his time playing sports and enjoying the great outdoors. A fun fact about Coach Gabriel is that before he moved to Southern California he was raised in Puerto Rico until he was 9yrs old.

Coach Sydney

Coach Sydney

In her 3rd season with Soccer Shots

A native of Wichita, KS, Coach Sydney graduated from Missouri Western State University where she played soccer. Sydney is also currently a defender on the US Deaf Women’s National Team. During her free time Coach Sydney loves to read and get outside in nature and go hiking. Sydney’s favorite part about working with children is helping them not only develop into better soccer players, but better people in general! During her stay in the Bay Area, Coach Sydney is also working with the organization BAWSI  to positively impact even more children’s lives!

Coach Sarah

Coach Sarah

In her 3rd season with Soccer Shots

A native of Spokane, WA, Coach Sarah joins the Bay Area Soccer Shots as an experienced coach after spending two years with the Austin Soccer Shots Team. Sarah is currently working on her Master’s Degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology at San Jose State University. While her studies don’t leave her much in the way of free time, when she does have some she enjoys cooking and baking delicious treats! Coach Sarah’s favorite thing about working with kids is experiencing their energy and imagination day in and day out, and getting to watch them discover new things for the first time. A fun fact about Coach Sarah is that she walked across Spain!

Coach Veronica

Coach Veronica

In her 3rd season with Soccer Shots

A Bay Area native, the Soccer Shots team is excited to introduce Coach Veronica. Eager to help develop children, Coach Veronica’s favorite thing about working with kids is seeing them learn and grow with each passing week. When not caching and working with children you can find Veronica hiking and exploring the wilderness. A fun fact about Coach Veronica is that she holds a personal record of 673 soccer juggles using only her feet!

Coach Kiril

Coach Kiril

In his 3rd season with Soccer Shots

A Native of San Mateo, Coach Kiril joins the Soccer Shots team with a background in child development and has worked with children in a number of different capacities. Through is time studying and working with young children Kiril has really learned to enjoy the unique perspective children have on the world. When he is not playing soccer, Coach Kiril loves to spend his time playing  the piano. Another fun fact about Coach Kiril is that he was in a hip hop ensemble as a kid!

Coach Trevor

Coach Trevor

In his 3rd season with Soccer Shots

A native of San Mateo, Coach Trevor joins Soccer Shots team with a great attitude and passion for working with kids. Coach Trevor is currently a student studying Early Childhood Education and Design at the College of San Mateo. Trevor’s favorite part about working with young children is seeing their fears and concerns go away as they grow in confidence every week with their character and soccer skills! When coach Trevor isn’t on the soccer pitch he loves to spend his time making playing music with friends.

Coach Joe

Coach Joe

In his 1st season with Soccer Shots

Coach Joe joins the Soccer Shots team as a native of Morgan Hill, CA. Currently studying at Evergreen Valley College, Coach Joe hopes to join a Police Academy and become and Officer in the future. The thing Coach Joe looks forward to the most when working with Soccer Shots is the chance to get outside and just be silly with the kids. When Coach Joe isn’t on the soccer field you can probably find him at the gym or on some sort of adventure in the great outdoors. Also, fun fact about Coach Joe is that he loves to cook and is famous for his tacos.

Coach Kyler

Coach Kyler

In his 1st season with Soccer Shots

A native of Milpitas, Soccer Shots is excited to introduce Coach Kyler to the team! Kyler is currently studying Communications and Business at Foothill College. Coach Kyler’s favorite thing about working at Soccer Shots and engaging young children is the fact that as coaches we get to not only see, but help kids grow, learn, and develop every single day. When Coach Kyler isn’t helping kids learn and grow he loves to be outside on the hiking trails. A fun fact about Coach Kyler is that he loves traveling and promised himself he would go on at least one out of state trip a year.

Coach Esteban

Coach Esteban

In his 1st season with Soccer Shots

A native of San Jose, Coach Esteban joins the Soccer Shots team with a wealth of experience working with children in the after-school settings but is excited to impact children on the Soccer Shots field now. Coach Esteban describes his favorite part about working with children is the ability to see them grow and develop over time right before your eyes. When he isn’t helping develop young children Coach Esteban loves getting out on the basketball court with his brother. Coach Esteban is also a skilled guitar player.

Coach Morgan

Coach Morgan

In her 1st season with Soccer Shots

A native of the Bay Area, Coach Morgan joins the Soccer Shots team as she finishes up her Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Coach Morgan’s favorite thing about working with children is to use her storytelling and imagination to play with the kids! When she is not working as a therapist and coach, you can find Coach Morgan line dancing. Fun Fact, Coach Morgan once climbed and descended Half Dome in one day!

Coach Cristian

Coach Cristian

In his 1st season with Soccer Shots

A native of San Jose, Coach Cristian lives and breathes soccer! Currently studying Political Science at San Jose State University, when he is not studying or playing soccer you can probably find Coach Cristian spending time with friends or family. Coach Cristian’s favorite thing about working with children is how caring, fun, and energetic they can be! A fun fact about coach Cristian is that he loves soccer not just for the skills, but for the leadership and teamwork you learn in the process!

Coach Jason

Coach Jason

In his 1st season with Soccer Shots

A native of Woodbury, MN, Coach Jason is a recent transplant to the Bay Area. Coach Jason joins the Soccer Shots team after spending time as a Preschool teacher and Art Instructor. Coach Jason’s favorite part about working with kids is helping them learn new things, and seeing how grateful they are! When Coach Jason isn’t working with kids, you can find him 3D printing drones. A fun fact about Coach Jason is that he is a 2nd Degree Black Belt in a traditional style martial art called Shorin Ryu.

Coach Deanna

Coach Deanna

In her 1st season with Soccer Shots

Coach Deanna grew up in Oroville, and moved to the Bay Area to attend school at Menlo College. Even before Soccer Shots Coach Deanna loved working with kids at VBS, it really makes her day when she gets to she children growing and smiling. When Coach Deanna isn’t on the field you can find her competing in both E-sports and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. A fun fact about Coach Deanna is that she has a 5-year old labrador retriever terrier named Ginger back home with my grandparents in Oroville.

Coach Jennifer

Coach Jennifer

In her 1st season with Soccer Shots

A native of San Jose, Coach Jennifer joins the Soccer Shots team eager to impact children’s lives. In fact, Coach Jennifer loves laughing with the children, she describes her favorite part about working with children is their sense of humor. When Coach Jennifer isn’t on the field she loves to spend her time reading a good book, or traveling. A fun fact about Coach Jennifer is that she is a vegan.

Coach Elihu

Coach Elihu

In his 1st season with Soccer Shots

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