James Head, Director
A native of the Binghamton, NY area, James has played soccer since the age of 6. He graduated from Ross Corners Christian Academy, where he played soccer and basketball throughout high school, and where he also got his first taste of coaching with the junior high basketball team his senior year and fell in love with Coaching. After graduating, he was recruited to attend Davis College in Binghamton to play basketball and soccer there, eventually earning captaincies in both sports. He was a part of Davis’ first two conference championships and first Small Bible College National championship in their history. Before graduating with a bachelor’s degree in religious education with a concentration in organizational leadership, James joined the Soccer Shots team as an instructor and he accepted and embraced the exciting opportunities at Soccer Shots to work with kids as well as the excitement that comes from working with a business that has a positive impact on the community for years to come. He holds his USSF E Soccer Coaching certification and is also active coaching high school basketball. He resides in Endicott with his beautiful wife, Andrea. His sports and business background will continue to be a great asset to the Soccer Shots Binghamton team.
Kyle Sanders, Owner
Originally from Greene, NY, Kyle earned All-League honors while in high school and continued playing at Broome Community college, where he received All-Conference honors on a team that finished ranked 5th in the nation. Kyle assisted with the Greene varsity team from ’04-’09, has held roles as the head varsity coach for the Ross Corners Christian Academy boys’ and Davis College men’s programs. As a coach, he works tirelessly with players of all ages and ability levels to ensure the best possible development as both a player and person. Kyle currently holds his USSF D license and is a constant student of the game. Kyle feels blessed to have learned from great coaches. His values, character traits and abilities are a testament to those coaches and represent something that he is passionate about. There is nothing more rewarding to him than returning those gifts to our future generations.
His connection to the Southern Tier stems from his time at Elmira College where he earned his undergraduate degree and captained the JV Men’s Soccer team. From there, Ben went on to Villanova University and completed his Master of Science in Finance while continuing to compete locally in an adult coed league in the King of Prussia area. After returning to the area, he joined our team as a coach for several seasons and cherished every moment he spent as part of the program. That passion and enthusiasm for Soccer Shots and positively impacting kids made it an easy decision to put him in charge of our marketing and communications – or as we like to call him, our “Duke of Hype”. If you’d ever like to share a picture of your Soccer Shots kids on our Facebook or Instagram, contact Ben at [email protected]
604 River Road, Binghamton, NY 13901
Tel: (607) 648-5532
If you have a passion for positively impacting children, we’d love to talk to you.
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 through quality soccer programs that support their physical and personal development.