About Us

As the premier Children’s Soccer Experience, our mission is clear – we aim to positively impact children’s lives.

Local Information

Chris Janush, Regional Director

Chris grew up with soccer [his father was the 1991 National High School Soccer Coach of the Year] and has continued to stay involved with the beautiful game as a player, coach, parent, and Arsenal FC fan.  In addition to coaching soccer, Chris has also coached baseball, basketball and flag football for boys and girls at various ages.  Chris brings extensive business and sports experience to his role as Regional Director, having worked locally for the University of Maryland, Terrapin Sports Marketing, and The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille.  He holds a Master’s degree in Sport Management from the University of Connecticut.  Chris has lived in Laurel, MD since 2000 and is the father of four.  His children have played soccer locally for SAC, Thunder, and Laurel soccer clubs, in addition to Reservoir High School and the University of Maryland women’s club team.

Phone: 202-320-6680

Email: [email protected]

 

Rachel Fortes, Admin Program Coordinator

Rachel is a Towson University graduate who has been coaching with Soccer Shots since 2017.  Inside the cones of Soccer Shot Island, Rachel is excited for the chance to share her love of soccer and to teach the children to love it as well by making them laugh, having fun and showing them it is okay to be themselves. Rachel hails from Silver Spring, MD and still lives there now. She played travel soccer for Olney Boys & Girls Club when she was younger and at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney, MD. Outside of Soccer Shot Island, Rachel loves hanging with her family and her dog, Milo.

Phone: 301-377-3447

Email: [email protected]

 

Carrie Anne, Operations Coordinator

Carrie is a native of Maryland and lives in Glen Burnie. She has worked with children for six years in daycare settings, and first joined Soccer Shots as a part-time coach! She recently joined the MPD team as our Operations Coordinator! She has a three-year-old son named Leo who is the best. Carrie loves to run and play soccer. She is currently training for a half-marathon! Carrie loves the positive impact Soccer Shots has on the children in the system.

Email: [email protected]

 

 

 

 

Joshua Yoda, Director of Coaching

Joshua Yoda is the Director of Coaching here at Soccer Shots. He loves to not only coach, but help train our coaches and support them as well. His goal is to help provide a beloved growth experience for every child and a remarkable experience for every family. He loves to bring fun, passion, energy, and silliness to Soccer Island. He is also open to push and challenge your child from time to time if allowed. He has come to develop a championship heart and mindset from playing 3 years of college football for Liberty University. In those years, his team won 3 Big South Conference championships!

Phone: 301-323-3380

Email: [email protected]

 

Jack SaFranko, Coaching Program Coordinator

  Jack joined the leadership team in March of 2019. He grew up in New Jersey but now resides in Washington D.C. with his cat, Bobby. Jack is a George Washington University graduate and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Journalism. He loves playing soccer and watching his favorite team FC Barcelona. Outside of Soccer Island, Jack loves to cook especially any Italian food or watch his favorite show, How I Met Your Mother. He loves being able to see the children he coaches improve their skills throughout the season!

Email: [email protected]

 

 

 

Ricardo Doig, Assistant Coaching Program Coordinator

Ricardo was born and raised in Peru. He joined the Soccer Shots team in Fall of 2018. He has been a great asset to the team and loves being able to make a positive impact on the children he coaches. Ricardo earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Sports Industry Management at Georgetown University. He now lives in Silver Spring with his wife and their adorable dog, Frankie. Ricardo is a huge soccer fan and his favorite team is Chelsea FC. He loves all kinds of food except for avocado! Ricardo’s favorite things to do outside of Soccer Shots is hanging out with his dog, playing soccer, practicing Muay Thai, or playing video games. If Ricardo could have any superpower, he would love to have the ability to fly!

Email: [email protected]

 

 

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.

Email: [email protected]

 

 

Brett Menge, Director of Accounting & Human Resources

 

Bio coming soon!

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Jeff Homens, Director of Development

Ever since scoring his first goal at five, soccer has played a major part in Jeff’s life. Jeff is a native of Baltimore. After graduating from Towson University with a degree in Sports Management, Jeff joined the world of sport sales, first working at the Maryland Soccerplex and then with local professional side, D.C. United. Jeff currently serves as the Director of Development overseeing all sales and marketing efforts in the DC/MD/VA region. Jeff loves to travel, attend soccer matches, and learn more about the game of soccer.

Jeff recognizes that Soccer Shots has a positive influence in a child’s life, not just in a soccer capacity, but as an individual for the future.

Email: [email protected]

 

 

Tiana Farmer, Business Manager

 

Tiana is a native of Maryland and has been playing soccer since the age of 8. She went on to attend Bowie State University where she majored in English with a minor in Early Childhood Education.  Her love of children and soccer catapulted her to become a youth soccer coach for Forestville Boys and Girls Club. Tiana is currently our Business Manager handling the region’s company vehicles, payroll, and office management. Tiana’s favorite hobbies include face painting, cooking, and sports activities with her family.

Tiana loves the impact that she gets to make for Soccer Shots in her role as the Business Manager!

 

Alexis Orzech, Office Coordinator

 

Alexis was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. Alexis is currently a senior at Hood College obtaining her degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and a minor in Economics. When not studying to graduate soon, Alexis is our Office Coordinator shipping jerseys to all of the children in our system! Alexis enjoys playing with her dog, baking, shopping, and travelling.

Alexis loves the direct impact she has on children every day. She loves watching them grow throughout the season.

 

 

 

Stuart Coulson, Human Resources Manager

Stuart is originally from Colorado. After graduating from the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs with a degree in Business Administration with a focus in Sport Management, Stuart took an internship in Player Development with the Columbus Crew (MLS team in Ohio). After joining Soccer Shots, he has taken every opportunity to learn more about human resources so he can positively impact those around him. He currently serves as the Human Resources Manager and oversees recruitment, background check compliance, and employee paperwork in the DC/MD/VA. Stuart’s favorite hobby is playing/watching soccer, running/working out/hiking/playing sports with his wife, and reading.

Stuart loves the impact Soccer Shots has on their employees. Soccer Shots values growth within, and he sees a lot of investment poured into coaches and full-time staff.

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If you have a passion for positively impacting children, we’d love to talk to you.

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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

  1. Every Soccer Shots coach must complete our comprehensive training program to receive certification.
  2. All Soccer Shots coaches are trained in the use of developmentally appropriate techniques.
  3. Coaches are routinely evaluated and undergo ongoing training.
  4. 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

  1. You will receive a weekly summary of what your child is learning at Soccer Shots.
  2. We proactively communicate cancellations due to weather or other circumstances.
  3. Our staff understands the importance of timely, responsive communication.

Expert-approved curriculum that aligns with early childhood education standards

  1. Our developmentally appropriate curriculum places an emphasis on character development and skill building.
  2. Our program is created under the guidance of childhood education specialists, professional soccer players and experienced and licensed soccer coaches.
  3. We constantly re-evaluate and update our curriculum to stay current with childhood education standards.

Our Vision: To provide a beloved growth experience for every child; a remarkable experience for every family.

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.

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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.

From its humble beginnings, Soccer Shots has grown beyond Jeremy and Jason’s biggest dreams, with over 200 territories across 37 states and Canada. There were over 440,000 enrollments into Soccer Shots programming in 2018.

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. Learn more about franchising with Soccer Shots at soccershotsfranchising.com.

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.