Coach Patrick is our Executive Director and has been watching and playing soccer since he was a mini! He starting out as a Soccer Shots coach in 2017 and then stepped into the role of Director of Coaching in early 2018. Coach Patrick has served as our Executive Director since October of 2018. He played soccer through high school and has not stopped watching the game. Coach Patrick graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Sport and Recreation Management. He has coached others since the age of fourteen in various sports, but soccer has always been his favorite.
Director of Operations
Coach Amanda is our Director of Operations and she grew up in Iowa, where she graduated from the University of Iowa with an Elementary Education degree. Coach Amanda taught preschool in the Denver area prior to joining the Soccer Shots team. In June 2018 Coach Amanda started coaching for Soccer Shots, and stepped into the Director of Operations role in October 2019. She loves working with students, and getting to be a fun and exciting part of their day! When she isn’t coaching soccer, she is outside climbing, hiking, or running!
Director of Coaching
Coach Dan is our Director of Coaching and grew up in Littleton, Colorado. Coach Dan joined the team in October 2018 as a coach and began serving as our Director of Coaching in June 2019. He’s been playing soccer since he was 4 years old. While studying Sport Psychology at John F. Kennedy University in California, Coach Dan coached middle school soccer and various other sports but soccer has always been his favorite. While not on Soccer Island, Coach Dan enjoys spending time with his wife, Candace, and their son, Nathan, playing soccer, golf, and basketball, hiking in the mountains, and playing with his dog Howie!
Director of Development
Coach Kevin is our Director of Development and he grew up in New York and has been playing soccer since he was 2 years old. Coach Kevin started with us as a full-time coach in January 2019 and then stepped into the Director of Development role in December 2019. He played throughout High School and played D1 with the University of Nevada Las Vegas where he majored in Hotel Management and minored in marketing. When Coach Kevin isn’t teaching or playing soccer, you can find him hiking most trails in Colorado, cheering on his favorite futbol team, Arsenal, cooking a great meal, camping, exploring and spending quality time with family and friends.
Coach Cody was born in Colorado and has lived here for his entire life. He started playing soccer when he was 5 and played all the way through high school. When he’s not on Soccer Island, he loves doing stuff outdoors like hiking 14ers or going skiing and he’s super excited to help his new friends get better at soccer!
Coach Dikesh was born and raised in Kathmandu Nepal, home of Mount Everest. He started playing soccer at just 4 years old, and it has been his passion ever since. He played for the under 19 national team of Nepal before moving to the United States, where he has coached soccer for over 10 years. When not on the soccer field, you can find him watching La Liga matches on weekend mornings, hiking, and camping with his wife and dog in the CO mountains, and learning guitar.
Coach Genevieve was born and raised here in Denver Colorado. She started playing soccer in high school and has been in love with the sport ever since. When not on soccer island Coach Genevieve loves to hike and hang out with her dog Chanel. Coach Genevieve is very excited for all her soccer friends to develop their own love and skill set for the sport throughout our Soccer Shots journey together!
Coach Gillian is a New Jersey native who grew up playing soccer since the age of 6. She played soccer at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in upstate New York where she double majored in psychology and philosophy, and minored in child advocacy. New to Colorado, she is extremely excited to share her passion and build confidence with her new Soccer Friends! Outside of Soccer Island, Gillian enjoys hiking, skiing, painting, traveling, and working with children with special needs.
Coach Isis grew up in Lakewood, CO. She is so excited to be able to give back to our young Soccer Friends, helping them to experience the fun and joy that she got playing soccer as a little girl. Besides soccer, Coach Isis spends her time with her dog, Remi, going on hikes and visiting dog parks. Coach Isis is looking forward to meeting all her new Soccer Friends!
Coach Jeannette was born and raised in Houston Texas but recently moved to Colorado in summer of 2020. She started playing soccer at age 11 and has also done cheerleading, drill team and karate. She graduated from University of Houston in Clear-lake with a bachelor’s of Science in psychology. On her free time, Coach Jeannette enjoys cooking, writing, working out and learning a third language. Coach Jeannette is looking forward to being part of her soccer friend’s development and growth as they learn different skills soccer teaches. Kids are the adults of tomorrow, and she believes it is just as important to listen to them, as it is to teach them.
Coach Kendra was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. She started playing sports at a young age, but found soccer was her true passion! She went on to join Chicago Fire Juniors soccer team and played throughout high school. After that, she began her journey in getting a degree for Early Childhood Education. She moved to Colorado in 2019 to become a preschool teacher & nanny. When not on the soccer field, you can find Coach Kendra hiking, going to the gym, or spending time with friends and family!
Coach Kristin grew up in western Montana. She graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in Physical Education. She enjoys helping her Soccer Friends gain confidence and enthusiasm for soccer. When she is not on Soccer Island, she spends her time exploring the wilderness with her dog Remmy.
Coach Lex was born and raised in Denver. She started playing soccer in kindergarten and started coaching when her oldest daughter started playing 8 years ago. Her daughters, Kory and Kendra, are both currently playing soccer. When she isn’t coaching with Soccer Shots Lex is teaching preschool in Aurora or coaching three soccer teams, U8-U12. Seeing players develop their skills and gain the confidence to try new things are two of the reasons why she loves coaching. During her free time Coach Lex enjoys spending time with her family and working out.
Coach Lexi was born in Ohio and moved to Colorado to Attend College. She played soccer throughout elementary school and continues to work with kids in different environments. When not on Soccer Island, she loves hiking, longboarding, and spending time with friends. She’s very excited to help her soccer friends learn new soccer skills!
Coach Lian was born and raised in Panama City, Panama. She played in multiple soccer leagues through her youth years and is an avid soccer fan. She is currently a Senior at the Metropolitan State University in Denver studying Psychology with a minor in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. During her free time, she enjoys cooking, weightlifting, traveling and adventuring outside with her Husky. Lian is thrilled to become a part of the Soccer Shots family and build wonderful connections with the little rock-stars.
Coach Michelle is a graduate from Colorado State University. She grew up in sports, playing AAA hockey the majority of her athletic career, moving on to play in college. She is a hard-working, caring, and kind role-model to those around her, especially the kids she influences. Coach Michelle is excited to share her passion for soccer with her new Soccer Friends! When she isn’t coaching her soccer friends, Michelle enjoys playing music, spending time with her dog, and coaching girls ice hockey.
Coach Morgan was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. She grew up playing a variety of sports and played softball in high school. Coach Morgan graduated from Bowling Green State University and moved to Denver to explore the mountains. She is a special education teacher and in her free time she loves to hike, travel, and hangout with friends.
Coach Niki recently relocated to Denver from the suburbs of Chicago. She played soccer and volleyball from grade school through high school, and she is thrilled to be coaching with Soccer Shots! Coach Niki feels so fortunate to have the opportunity to positively impact children’s lives and help them develop crucial life skills like communication, respect, and teamwork. Niki earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Illinois State University in 2012. After working for several years at a large non-profit healthcare association, she switched careers to focus on what she is truly passionate about – working with children, senior citizens, and dogs! When Niki isn’t coaching, she spends her time babysitting, dog training, and working at an assisted living facility. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, baking, and hiking with her husband and two pups.
Coach Paris was born and raised in Golden Colorado. She grew up playing soccer from a young age and now enjoys playing soccer and other sports with her 2 nieces and 3 nephews. Coach Pairs will be graduating from the University of Colorado Denver with degrees in Spanish and Business in the spring of 2021. When she graduates she hopes to continue enriching the lives of children especially in the Spanish language and culture. When she is not playing soccer or exploring the outdoors she loves baking a good chocolate cake and sharing it with her friends and family.
Coach Parker was raised in New Hampshire and moved to Colorado in 2016. He fell in love with soccer since he participated in youth camps (like Soccershots)! He continued to play soccer into college. When Coach Parker is not on Soccer Island, he likes to golf, play tennis, and grill. He also loves spending time in the beautiful Colorado mountains. Coach Parker is so excited to teach all his young Soccer Friends all about the game of soccer!
Coach Paul grew up in Denver Colorado. He has been playing soccer since he was 5. He competed through highschool, and has continued to play for fun since. While he was studying Geology at Colorado College, he taught skiing and learned he loved to teach kids to be confident through sport. He is excited to transition from a player to a coach in his first year as a coach at Soccer Shots!
Coach Shelby was born and raised in Colorado. She has played soccer competitively since the age of 8 and stopped her soccer career when she moved to Florida to study at Stetson University under their biology department. She recently moved back to Colorado and is continuing her education with Denver School of Nursing. Outside of Soccer Shots, Coach Shelby enjoys spending time with her family and her two dogs! Coaching has shed light on the importance of childhood development, how special these classes are and the positive impact Coach Shelby has on all of her soccer friends. Coach Shelby’s goal is to create a safe, comfortable, and fun environment for all the children in Soccer Shots!
Coach Vanessa was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. Coach Vanessa worked in Early Childhood Education for six years prior to joining Soccer Shots and is ECE certified. Coach Vanessa’s passion for soccer started at the age of 10. She played in middle school, Highschool and had the opportunity to play in college until she decided to start a family of her own. She has played semi-professionally for the WPSL and now plays competitively for her U25 team. When not on Soccer Island, Coach Vanessa enjoys hiking, singing and practicing phlebotomy.
Coach Zach was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, but grew up in San Antonio, Texas where he graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a degree in Anthropology. He moved to Golden, CO during the fall of 2019 with his wife, Lilly. Soccer is his favorite sport, and he has been playing since he was 3 years old! Coach Zach aspires to teach his soccer friends new skills and concepts they can use to be better students of life and soccer. While not on Soccer Island, Coach Zach spends his time playing soccer, mountain biking, skiing, watching movies, and hiking with his dog Sebastian!
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