Coach Hugo Cantu is in his second year of coaching with Soccer Shots. He is always eager and excited to teach and learn from the children. Coach Hugo is always open to learn new things and is currently pursuing a business degree at Maryland University. He says that coaching the kids is an awesome feeling and its important to him that the children can learn while still having fun. Hugo’s favorite game is the Spaceship game and his favorite move is the pull back move. Coach Hugo is excited about the season and impacting our youth.
Darnell Holland Jr.
I am Coach Darnell, Maryland Native. The kiddos give me energy, excitement and happiness reflect that feeling so they can enjoy their soccer experience. I am passionate about making an impact on youth lives and building healthy relationships with each child. On Soccer Shots Island, I love the game Big Friendly Bear.
Coach Trayvon lives in Waldorf, MD and received a degree in Sports Management at Liberty University. As a sports lover, Coach Trayvon enjoys playing basketball and football. He can also be seen writing in his spare time. His favorite novel is 1984. This is Coach Trayvon’s first season with Soccer Shots and he is excited to learn more about youth sport organizations.
You can call me Coach Mayowa but its easier for the kids to call me Coach M. I was born all the way across the Atlantic Ocean in Nigeria but Upper Marlboro, Maryland is where I lived now. I think the Regular Show is anything but. I watch it while snacking on some Kit Kats. Or I might snack on some Kit Kats while I read my favorite book, Fahrenheit 451. I most look forward to interacting with the kiddos on while playing soccer.
Call me Coach Alex, from Lanham, Maryland. I like to power down watching my favorite show Dragon Ball Z and I power up with chicken and PBJ, not at the same time but they are both great. I am teaching soccer to your little ones but still got some learning to do studying Kinesiology and Human Development at University of Maryland College Park. The smiles on all the kids faces pushes me to inspire, motivate, encourage and be a supportive voice for them. My number one color is blue.
You may know me as Coach Ariana or you can call me Ariana for short. I live in Huntingtown with my eight roommates, two parents, two sisters, three brothers and one Gunther (my dog). When I am away from teaching kids the sport that I love, I could be found drawing, painting one of those drawings, or running. I could either play instruments or play episodes of my favorite show Prison Break all day with some strawberries for snack. In between my days of Soccer Shots, I study Biology at North Greenville University in South Carolina.
I am Sir Daniel Ovetsky, of Gaithersburg, Maryland. I reside with thee parents and long for a four legged companion that I hope to get soon. I never tire of the food of Mexico or the royal color of purple. I enjoy reading the tales of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. I am currently on a quest to achieve a Pre-Med degree from the honorable University of Maryland. At times, I reminisce of my favorite time away in a distant land, Germany.
With sincerity, I look forward most to the opportunity to interact with kids and play a part in their development.
Call me Coach or Coach Fern or Coach Nando or Coach Fernando, either will work. I am here for the new experience I get to have working with the Soccer Superstars on the field. Rats are a no, unless its a movie where they are cooking in a kitchen (Ratatouille). A perfect vacation would be chilling on Miami beach, with a good book like The Magic Tree House and snacking on some salt and vinegar chips. I live in Silver Spring with my four roommates, one brother, one sister and two dogs. Red is my favorite color.
Jairo "Jay" Moreno
Coach Jairo is native of Germantown, Maryland. He is currently studying Graphic Design and enjoys playing Soccer and Art. In Jairo’s spare time he loves watching Premier League Soccer, comedy films and eating Pizza and chips. This is Coach Jairo’s first year with Soccer Shots and he is excited to get started. His favorite part about coaching is EVERYTHING! He loves that he get’s to teach children about the sport that he loves.
Coach Jennifer is native of Capitol Heights, Maryland. She studied at Touro College and got a degree in Special Education . In Jennifer’s spare time she loves playing soccer, reading, and listening to music. Her favorite part about coaching is being able to teach the children soccer and seeing the smile on their faces!
Jonathan is from Gaithersburg, Maryland. He lives with his Mom, Dad, and siblings. Jonathan attended University of Baltimore College and majored in Biology. His favorite food is fried chicken and his favorite color is black. Jonathan’s will watch any TV show and he enjoys reading Everyone Poops. If Jonathan could choose any place to go on vacation, it would be Japan. What Jonathan is most looking forward to with coaching for Soccer Shots is being able to motivate the kids to have fun while playing soccer.
I am Liam Harrington, like Liam Neeson but no relation. I come rocking out from Rockville, Maryland. Crabs are a Maryland specialty and are especially my favorite food. When it comes to movies, what is better than The Dark Knight? If I am having some quiet time, Watchmen is my go-to as far as books go. I love playing when its sports or video games. San Francisco was fantastic to visit but I have so much left to see. Ain’t a color above blue but black/red/yellow have a special place in my heart as I trek through Journalism and Psychology classes at University of MARYLAND.
I want to motivate the kiddos to have some fun playing soccer.
Coach Lisa is native of Silver Spring, MD. She is currently completing her Master’s of Social Work. In Lisa’s spare time she loves photography, hiking, and hanging with her dog. This is Coach Lisa’s first season with Soccer Shots and she is excited to get started. Her favorite part about coaching is working with the children and having fun.
Hey, I am Maddy McPhee from Washington, D.C. Inside the cones of Soccer Shots Island, I am always looking forward to the opportunity to share my passion for soccer and watch the children grow over the course of the season. Outside of Soccer Shots Island, I’m a gym going, biking, running, nature walker that loves the outdoors but I’m also just fine staying in watching my favorite show The Office and munching on my favorite snack, peanut butter pretzels. Or those peanut butter pretzels could be the perfect snack while I am reading The Hidden Life of Trees. Speaking of trees, my favorite color is green.
I go by Rachel or Coach Rachel. Inside the cones of Soccer Shot Island, I am exciting for the chance to share my love of soccer to teach the children to love it as well by making them laugh, have fun and show them it is okay to be themselves. Outside of Soccer Shot Island, I am excited for twizzlers/gummy worms, hanging with my dog Milo, singing at the top of my lungs, playing video games or binge watching Game of Thrones (Greatest show ever).
One day when I vacation away from the Island, I would love to take a cruise to the Caribbean anywhere. Before I discovered Soccer Shot Island, I was studying Criminal Justice at Towson University. Her favorite color is blue.
Hi, the kids call me Coach Rachel and I like bright things. My favorite place to vaca is the Sunshine State aka Florida. My favorite book is Alice in Wonderland and just think about how vibrant that story is. Not many colors are as bright as my favorite, lime green. What brightens my mood is snacking on some pizza, dancing, watching the TV show Impractical Jokers or baking. I am most looking forward to working with Soccer Shots to help the kids grow into shining Soccer Shot Superstars.
Rebecca is from Huntingtown, Maryland. She lives with her Mom and Dad, and sister. Rebecca is currently attending Belmont University and is studying Business Administration. Her favorite snack is cheese and her favorite color is pink. Rebecca’s favorite TV show is Gilmore Girls and she enjoys reading The Help. If Rebecca could choose any place to go on vacation, it would be to the Outer Banks in North Carolina. What Rebecca is most looking forward to with coaching for Soccer Shots is being able to help children have fun and learn about soccer.
Coach Will is the name. I have a talent for sarcasm and talking too loud where I shouldn’t. I hail from the state where all the crazy news comes from on television (Florida). My favorite food is food. I put my milk in first, then cereal a little at a time. I hope one day to have a dog with a human name, like Peter or Tony. I love working for Soccer Shots because I can be my eccentric and fun self on my bio and on the field, while I impact the lives of our little ones.
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