Ian Stover – Owner & Executive Director
Ian grew up in the DFW area where he was an All-Region soccer and baseball player in high school. He played soccer at the collegiate level and graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in Management. Ian has extensive youth coaching experience and is a certified Physical Education teacher. He is also an active member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, holding an Advanced National Diploma as well as the National Youth Diploma. Ian fosters the belief that playing soccer at a young age teaches many life lessons such as teamwork, sportsmanship, creativity, and having fun. He and his coaches not only teach basic soccer skills but develop coordination, balance, and agility in each child, giving them a head start in their athletic endeavors. Ian lives in Frisco with his wife Caresa, daughters Drew and Ryen, and son Knox.
Kevin Megli – Director, Coaches
Coach Kevin is a native of the DFW area and has been a fixture in the North Texas Soccer landscape since his youth playing days. Kevin’s extensive resume and expertise are backed by 15+ years of college and club soccer coaching along with over 3 years working specifically with kids ages 2-8 at Soccer Shots. He holds a USSF B License, and NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and a Soccer Shots Level 3 Certification. Kevin is continually involved in the formation of curriculum for kids of preschool age, he is responsible for the training of all of our Instructors, and is extremely passionate about what he does.
He is also responsible for all aspects of our Elite program including implementation of policy, administration, development of Elite curriculum, and training of all of our Elite coaches. Kevin will always aim to ensure that every child participating in Soccer Shots programs will get as much out of each season as possible and have a positive experience!
Ashley Irish – Director, Partner Services
Ashley was born and raised in Lewisville, TX. She was an All District First team soccer player throughout high school and played collegiate soccer as a Ladyjack at Stephen F. Austin in Nacogdoches, TX. She is the face of Soccer Shots DFW North, responsible for maintaining our existing partner/parent relationships, plus establishing new ones, and continues her passion of soccer through coaching her children within the soccer community. Ashley currently resides in Little Elm with her husband Jeremy, daughter Hailee, and sons Jamison and Nash.
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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.