Matt Tanzini, Owner/Director
Matt bought the Soccer Shots Brevard County franchise from Tom Bartley in April, 2018. A native of upstate NY, he played collegiate soccer at Herkimer Community College and West Virginia University, winning two national championships at Herkimer. Professionally, Matt played for eight years, winning a championship for the Harrisburg City Islanders USL 2 team in 2007. He was also a member of the US Men’s National Futsal team during his professional career playing in Brazil and Belgium. Matt has worked extensively with youth soccer players over the past 18 years, coaching for one of the top clubs in the country. He was inducted to the NJCAA Hall of Fame in 2009 and was also recognized with being a part of the All Decade team for Junior College Players. Matt is an active member of United Soccer Coaches (Formerly known as NSCAA) and resides in Lake Mary.
Jenny Pazderak, Director of Operations
A longtime resident of Brevard County who played soccer at Palm Bay HS as well as Warner University earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science and Physical Education. She has coached various soccer teams throughout Brevard County from the recreational level to the state cup level and currently holds a USSF “E” Coaching License as well as an United Soccer Coaches Advanced Regional Diploma. An original Soccer Shots Brevard County staff member, Jenny has worked her way from Coach to Director of Coaching and currently serves as the Director of Operations. She was also recently named as Head Coach of the Varsity Girls Soccer, and Golf teams at West Shore Junior/Senior High School. She currently resides in Melbourne.
Beau Bayer, Assistant Director of Operations
Coach Beau has been serving as a coach with Soccer Shots since 2014 at the Tampa location. He began coaching in January 2016 with Soccer Shots Brevard County and has shown a strong desire to make a positive impact to the children of our community. Beau is creative and his passion for teaching really comes through in his coaching style. He completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management from the University of South Florida in 2016. Beau enjoys playing basketball and rooting for the Kansas City Chiefs. He currently resides in Melbourne.
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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 through quality soccer programs that support their physical and personal development.