Coach Julio Mauricio
Coach Julio has been with Soccer Shots for over 4 years. He has taught thousands of children soccer and character development. He is naturally passionate about soccer even though his father tried to get him to love baseball as a child. Coach Julio has been playing soccer for over 20 years and his favorite position on the field is midfield. He is a natural leader and is extremely generous with distributing the ball so midfield is a perfect fit for his personality.
Coach Julio is a recent graduate of SDSU. His absolute favorite color is red (Go Aztecs!) and he LOVES Fettuccine Alfredo even more. His hobby is playing indoor soccer, he can’t get enough of it!! He currently helped head up a team for all of the Soccer Shots coaches where they play together on Monday nights. A fun fact about Coach Julio is that he has traveled all of Baja California, from T.J. to Cabo San Lucas in one trip. His favorite Soccer Shots Game is The Bumble Bee game. He loves to see the kids laugh when they get to “sting” him with the ball.
Coach Andrew Blumen
Coach Andrew graduated from Chapman University where he earned a Bachelors in Sociology with a Minor in Physical Education for Elementary. He was a scholarship football player in college and a multi-sport athlete at Grossmont High School where he excelled in soccer, track and field, football, and baseball. Coach Andrew first played soccer when he was 5 years old and he believes it helped in excel in all other sports in his life. His favorite position in soccer is forward because who doesn’t like scoring goals??
Coach Andrew has been working with children for over 18 years and found the Soccer Shots opportunity while working in an after-school program. His experience of working with youth and his passion for sports made coaching for Soccer Shots an easy match. When Andrew is not coaching he enjoys being Dad and going to the beach with his family. He has a 4 year old daughter and they love eating their favorite food together, Pizza!
“I like teaching children new games and character development words so they can learn new things every week when I am coaching soccer shots. I love doing this job being a soccer coach and having fun with all different children I teach all over San Diego. My favorite Soccer Shots game is Castle keepers. It is a really fun way to teach children how to be a goalie and the other children get to try to score goals. It is a good way to teach two positions in one game.” Coach Andrew can’t wait to share his passion of sports, character development and healthy lifestyles with your children!
Coach Briana Gansch
Coach Bri joins us from North County. She attended California State University of San Marcos and earned her Bachelor’s in Science Degree in Biology with an Ecology concentration. Coach Bri has played soccer since she could walk with her favorite position being an outside defender.
Her favorite food is noodles. Noodles with anything! Plain noodles,
spaghetti, noodles in a salad- literally any type of noodle with any type of dressing! Her favorite color is blue! Coach Bri likes to go to the lake and take her dogs for a walk, go hiking, or hang out at the beach. A couple of fun facts about Coach Bri are that she used to be a Zookeeper and that she traveled to Africa for a month, on her own!
Coach Bri is passionate about working at Soccer Shots because Soccer Shots is very family orientated and she believes that is one of the most important things there is to have-your family. She remembers always having her parents and coaches there to support her. Coach Bri wants to help children feel just as important and well educated as she felt when she was growing up.
Coach Alison Budzynski
Coach Alison was born and raised in San Diego. She attended San Diego State University and graduated in May 2017 with a degree in Elementary Education. She hopes to one day become a kindergarten teacher! Growing up, Coach Alison played soccer, tennis, and did gymnastics. She played soccer at a young age and fell in love with it. Her favorite position to play is defense because she loves helping out the goalie!
Coach Alison has been working with children since graduating high school. For the past four years, she has taught gymnastics to children ages 1-12. Coach Alison was so excited to hear about Soccer Shots because it incorporated all of her favorite things: soccer, coaching, and working with children! When she is not coaching, Coach Alison enjoys being outdoors, doing flips on trampolines, and spending time with her loved ones. She loves the color green and eating breakfast foods for every meal of the day.
“I am so passionate about working for Soccer Shots because I know how influential organized sport can be for a child. When I was younger, I was very shy and had trouble fitting in. Once my mother put me in sports, I found a place where I felt I belonged and made lifelong friends, beyond just learning the sport. Soccer Shots teaches children not only valuable soccer skills, but character traits that will shape them into great human beings. I am thankful that I get to positively impact the lives of children by teaching the sport I love!” Coach Alison is excited to share her passion of soccer, character development, and healthy living with your children!
Coach Maddy Wheeler
Coach Maddy journeyed from Orange County, CA to Charlotte, NC and now in Allied Gardens, CA. Coach Maddy joins our team from Soccer Shots, Charlotte, where she was a mentor coach for four years. Soccer has been Coach Maddy’s passion since she started playing at age 4.
Her favorite food is Mediterranean food. Her favorite color is orange. Coach Maddy enjoys spending time with family, finding new coffee shops, and going to the local farmer’s market. A couple fun facts about Coach Maddy are that she has driven cross country twice and the day her cousin got engaged, she facetimed to share the news and her sister’s dog Brody, jumped up hit her in the nose and broke it!
Coach Maddy is passionate about working at Soccer Shots because we are able to make a positive impact for every child and family that comes through our program, through the teachings and learnings of our curriculum. There really is no better feeling than watching a child master their first airplane move with such pride and joy on their face.
Coach Sal Gonzalez
I was born and raised in San Diego. I currently attend Grossmont College and am majoring in Business Management. I graduated from Chula Vista High School, where I was a tri-athlete and also continued to play volleyball at Southwestern College. In my free time I love to surf, hike, and enjoy the beautiful city of San Diego. My favorite colors are red and gold. Two fun facts about me is that I am a really silly person and that I don’t know how to whistle!
I joined Soccer Shots because I loved the enthusiasm of the company. Bringing joy to the kids while teaching them soccer and keeping them active is amazing. Working with kids has always been a passion for me; as I have 3 younger siblings that I love to coach as well. My goal is to be the awesome coach that the kids will never forget!
Coach Christian Lopez
Born and raised in San Diego and considers soccer as his passion. He believes developing children to love and learn the game in a positive way contributes to success not only on the fiend but in the classroom as well. He’s played soccer since the day he could take his first steps as a child. Playing varsity soccer all four years in high school and playing for San Diego surf soccer club in Del Mar really helped develop his integrity as a person throughout life. After high school he played for Pasadena and southwestern community college soccer.
Stuff he likes to do on his free time is playing soccer with friends, surfing, tutoring chemistry and enjoys being an outdoorsy type of person. “My favorite soccer shots game to teach the children is sharks and minions because of they way children get really excited about this game and never get tired of it from what I’ve experienced so far” working for soccer shots has given me a sense of compassion working with children because I believe it’s crucial to uplift a children’s confidence through sports. Teaching the children new words every session makes me very happy to know that maybe I was the one who first engraved this word into their memory!
Coach Diego Grizzle
Originally, I am from Oceanside, California. My parents both worked in and for the Military there. When I was entering the fifth grade my Dad was station in Norfolk, Virginia. I lived in Virginia Beach for 8 years and eventually made my way back to San Diego as I started my senior year of high school which was 2015. Ever since then I’ve been here living in Chula Vista.
I am half Spanish and half German. I mainly grew up with my Moms side of the family because they live here in San Diego, we have a very big family and it’s something I enjoy and take advantage of whenever I can. I grew up living with my parents and my older brother. He graduated at a University in Virginia and is currently living there. I currently go to Southwestern College as a History Major and Administration Minor. I plan to get my Associates Degree and transfer to SDSU with that degree. My end goal is to become a teacher and while teaching I plan to work on my Masters in Administration to allow me to become a Principle at either a Elementary School or High School.
I have played soccer since I was three years old, I started playing for teams in Oceanside up until we moved to Virginia. Once we moved, my soccer career took off through travel and academy teams throughout. Since I was about eight years old, I have been a goalkeeper. My first goalkeeper coach was Coach Tran or the Old Dominion Soccer Club, He played for the South Korean National Soccer Team through the 1970’s. He had the biggest impact on my soccer career and he shaped me into the Goalkeeper I grew up to be. His way of training is how I teach my students to this day. I played soccer in Middle School and through High School starting as the Varsity Goalkeeper all four years, three of which at Salem High school Virginia Beach, Virginia and my final year playing at Hilltop High School. I also Played Football three years of High School as a Defensive Lineman and the Punter and PAT kicker. In Virginia I wrestled in my off season of soccer as well as football in order to stay in shape.
My favorite food is Italian, I love pasta and love to cook it as much as I can. My favorite color is turquoise, a mix of green and blue.
I love to go to the gym in my spare time and hang out with my friends and family whenever I get the chance too. I also enjoy going out to new restaurants and trying different foods and exploring new places!
The first fun fact about me is that I am a die hard Sneakerhead, which means I absolutely love shoes and the street clothing that pairs with it. Another fun fact about me is that I love to draw, I draw all sorts of things, I may not be the best but I always have fun doing it!
I’m passionate about working at Soccer Shots because the age groups that we work with are so retainable to new information that it really allows us to make, the biggest and best impact in each player. The style of teaching and the attitude of the Coaches really play a benefit to the kids learning ability of the sport. This style of teaching also allows for the kids to learn discipline and control over their own playing style and ultimately just having a great time doing it!
Coach Amanda Moschella
Coach Amanda is from Staten Island, New York. She moved to San Diego March 2018 to continue impacting children on and off the soccer field. Coach Amanda coached & directed for the Soccer Shots franchise in Staten Island before her move. Coach Amanda graduated from the University of Vermont where she played Division 1 soccer. She earned her Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Special Education with a concentration in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Coach Amanda has been playing soccer since the age of 4, she typically plays in the midfield. Coach Amanda’s favorite food is pizza and she loves to make it from scratch. In her free-time Coach Amanda likes to play soccer with her friends, she is a part of a co-ed league & a women’s league here in San Diego.
Fun fact about Coach Amanda, when she was first introduced to soccer she loved to play with the grass over the soccer ball. “Each week I would look forward to going to soccer practice, however once I got there I would chase butterflies and play with the grass. After a year of not playing soccer I one day just decided to join in. I have been playing soccer ever since and thank my dad for continuing to bring me to the soccer field regardless of if I played or not.”
“I enjoy teaching children about the sport I love, it also fascinates me how much they enjoy learning character development while interacting with their peers. I love doing this job because of the impact Soccer Shots sessions have on children. Moving to San Diego has allowed me to visit some awesome townships and meet amazing families and children!” Coach Amanda’s favorite Soccer Shots game is the Silly Martian game, “children always love to kick coach with a soccer ball, and it is truly amazing to see all of them smile and giggle while doing it!” Coach Amanda can’t wait to share her passion for soccer, character development and enthusiasm with your children!
Coach Casey Meuser
Coach Casey grew up in a small town in Northern California called Loomis. He moved down to San Diego in 2010 to play soccer for the San Diego State Aztecs. He played four years as an Aztec, and still plays soccer any chance he gets! While at SDSU, he participated in volunteer programs with the local youth, such as the Big Brother Program, Junior Seau’s Shop with a Jock Charity, and Nike Aztec youth soccer camps. It was through these events that he found his passion for teaching and working with children. Coach Casey graduated with a degree in business management, but is currently working on his multiple subject teaching credential, with hopes of being and elementary school teacher!
In his free time Coach Casey likes to do anything outdoors. Surfing, hiking, running, and camping are a few of his favorite hobbies! His favorite foods are pizza, and burritos! Coach Casey loves sharing his passion for the sport of soccer, and believes the sport of soccer is one of the best teachers in the world!
Coach Shea McCall
Hello! My name is Shea McCall. I am from Redding, California a small town up North. I moved to San Diego to pursue my bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Development at San Diego State University! I have been playing soccer since I was five years old along with basketball and softball! I played soccer all throughout high school and still participate in intramural teams at my school. During my years of soccer my favorite position was left mid-fielder! My father was always my coach growing up and his passion about soccer passed down to me. My favorite food is bagels with cream cheese and my favorite color is orange! In my free time I like to work out, go to the beach, go on hikes, and watch movies! A fun fact about me is I can wiggle my ears and do a backflip! My favorite soccer shots game is “save our friend”! I am passionate about Soccer Shots because of the mission it obtains of using sports to inspire and impact children’s lives.
Coach Tiffany Torres
Coach Tiffany joins us from Los Angeles (harbor area)! She is currently a student at San Diego State University in pursuit of a Bachelors in Science for Child and Family Development. Coach Tiffany has played competitive soccer all her life as an outside midfielder.
Her favorite food is burritos and her favorite color is baby pink! Coach Tiffany loves to read, run, and hang out with family and friends in her free time. Two fun facts about her are that she completed her first marathon at the age of 13 and that she has two sisters!
She is very passionate about working at Soccer Shots because it is a great organization that does everything in their power to make these children have the best time and experience ever! Coach Tiffany wants to be a part of that. Her ultimate goal in life is to impact a child’s life and with the help of Soccer Shots, she is enjoying being able to do that!
Coach Marielle L'heureux
I am from Santa Clara, CA and came down to San Diego for college, I went to SDSU majoring in Athletic Training and graduated with a BS in Athletic Training in May 2017.
I was a dance teacher through high school and a gymnastics coach all through college. When I was a child I played soccer for 8 years as a forward until I moved onto competitive gymnastics and later Cross Country during high school. I am excited to get back into soccer as a Soccer Shots Coach.
My favorite food is surf and turf with shrimp and steak or good old classic cheese pizza and my favorite color is aquamarine. In my free time I love hanging out at the beach with friends and keeping up with my gymnastics. One fun fact is that my friends call me Ariel, so I have embraced the mermaid lifestyle and when I was 12 I was slimed at the Nickelodeon’s Great America show. I love new adventures and being outdoors and having fun with anything I am doing.
From teaching dance to gymnastics to soccer I have always loved working with children and watching them grow. It is so amazing to see a child go from barely knowing much about the sport to mastering skill by skill and becoming confident in their abilities. What I love about soccer shots is the fact that the children not only learn key soccer skills but also important character traits along the way so that can grow up to be amazing kids and eventually even more amazing adults. It truly is a satisfying experience as a coach to have such an impact on children’s lives.
Coach Marissa Flores
Coach Marissa has lived in San Diego, California all of her life. She recently graduated from SDSU with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences with a minor in Child and Family Development. She has experience working with preschoolers from working at the SDSU Children’s Center. She also works at a Home Depot where she helps lead the Kid’s Workshop every Saturday.
Her favorite food is her mom’s lasagna. Her favorite color is green. Coach Marissa enjoys hiking and spending time with her family. A couple of fun facts about Coach Marissa are that she has travelled to Thailand and that she loves nail polish and will always have a new nail color each week.
Coach Marissa is passionate about working at Soccer Shots because she enjoys working with children and hopes to continue working with children as a career.
Coach Lauren Marshall
Coach Lauren is a local San Diego girl! She grew up in Encinitas and spent most of her childhood on soccer fields all over San Diego county. She played competitively on San Diego Surf Soccer for 8 years. She was also a multi-sport athlete at La Costa Canyon High School where she played not only in soccer, but volleyball and track & field as well. Lauren continued her soccer career with a scholarship to play at Point Loma Nazarene University. There, she played four years as a center and outside midfielder. She graduated in 2011 with a Bachelors in Kinesiology focusing on Physical Education.
Upon graduating, Coach Lauren spent 6 years cruising around the world while managing the youth program onboard Crystal Cruises. This experience grew her passion for not only travel but working with kids. Being around kids makes Coach Lauren genuinely happy. To continue her passion for working with kids, she became a member of the San Diego Apex Fun Run Team. There, she led a team of athletes into elementary schools all over the county to put on a highly energized and successful two-week fundraising program. The program’s mission is to build leaders in today’s youth through daily character- focused leadership lessons in the classrooms. When Coach Lauren, also known as “Scorin’ Lauren,” was not in the classroom, you could always find her playing soccer with the kids at recess!
When Coach Lauren came across an opportunity to be a Coach at Soccer Shots she knew she couldn’t pass it up. It’s a perfect match! Coach Lauren fell in love with soccer at an early age and it has taught her so many lessons both on and off the field. She is eager to not only coach but to impact! Her mission is aligned with Soccer Shots which is to positively impact children’s lives– focusing on making every child feel important, valued and empowered. Coach Lauren’s coaching style is fun, silly and engaging.
“I am so excited to get to know every child that comes through my program! We are going to grow together not only as soccer players but leaders! I love teaching new games and character words so the children are constantly learning new things and of course while having fun! At Soccer Shots we take a “shot” on every child and empower them to reach their full potential! See you on the soccer field.” Coach Lauren can’t wait to share her passion, through coaching, with your children.
If you have a passion for positively impacting children through youth sports, we’d love to talk to you.