Meet The Coaches

We are proud to have the best coaches in youth soccer.

Coach Julio Mauricio

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 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 Alison Budzynski

Coach Alison Budzynski

Coach Alison was born and raised in San Diego. She attends San Diego State University and will be graduating 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 Eli Bernal Hernandez

Coach Eli Bernal Hernandez

Coach Eli graduated from San Diego State in 2016 with a Bachelors in Kinesiology-Athletic Training and recently obtained his Masters in Sports Management from Point Loma Nazarene University. Born and raised in Jalisco, Mexico, coach Eli has enjoyed and loved the game of soccer from a young age. He believes that sports and education are fundamental keys in youth development.

 

Coach Eli also works with the city of Chula Vista as a recreation leader where he works with a wide range of children from different backgrounds and ages. You will catch him playing ping-pong or some type of physical activity with the children at the rec center. His favorite food is lasagna (yums yums) and favorite dessert it’s choco-flan. In his spare time he enjoys hanging out with his friends, traveling, going to the movies or watching Netflix.

 

Coach Eli hopes to create a positive impact to every child in the Soccer Shots program. He also wants to learn from all the children and other coaches to keep improving as a coach and human being. So if you see coach Eli, say, “Hi!” He always likes to hear a good joke!

Coach Alex Ramirez

Coach Alex Ramirez

Soccer, or futbol as it is better known around the world, is a game that I have fallen in love with. As much love as I give to it, it rewards me in so many ways and never stops giving. I was born and raised here in North San Diego, in the Oceanside and Vista area. I started playing team soccer at the age of 5 and by the age of 10 the competitive coaches were calling my house to join. I soon joined the Vista Storm competitive soccer club. I played competitive soccer all the way through high school and afterwards pursued a professional career bouncing from team to team the semi-professional league circuit. I played every position on the field, including goalie. In my eyes, the best position was the one that got me the most playing time. So when they would ask me what position I played, I always said, “Wherever you need me!” During this time I was also pursuing my education and completed the requirements for my Associate’s Degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Mathematics and Science. I am currently continuing my education with the ultimate goal of becoming a teacher.

I am a very outgoing person and I love the outdoors. When I am not playing, or coaching soccer I like to go on hikes, go to the beach, read, and listen to music. My favorite color is green, and my favorite meal is steak, garlic mashed potatoes and squash. A cool fact about me is that I love to have my friends over and cook fabulous meals for them, I am quite the chef if I must say myself. My favorite soccer shots game is Racecar, vrrroom vrrroom!

I have been coaching competitive soccer for 4 years now and I am so grateful that I have the opportunity to share my knowledge and passion for soccer. But, the biggest reward of being a coach is leaving an impact on my players lives on and off the field. Which is why I’m so excited to work with Soccer shots, because it is the perfect platform to fulfill my two biggest passions in life. Not only do I get to coach soccer but I also get to teach life skills to the youth of tomorrow. Knowing the impact I will have on our kids is the number one reason I wake up in the morning and puts me to sleep at night, always excited to wake up and do it again!

Coach Sal Gonzalez

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

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 Julio Lopez

Coach Julio Lopez

Coach Julio is a graduate from Fresno State where he earned a Bachelor’s in Kinesiology and a teaching credential in Physical Education. Coach Julio teaches PE K-6 at Lemon Grove School District. Julio has found the love for soccer during his middle school years and playing for his school in high school. He coached soccer for students  6-8 last year and the previous year. Julio’s favorite position in soccer is the defender position because he enjoys the hard fought effort the players put in when stopping the other team from scoring. Coach Julio Loves Mexican Food and Pizza! Julio enjoys hiking, playing sports and being at the beach. His next goal is to learn how to surf. Two fun facts about Julio is that he has a sister who is 18 years younger than him, and he is fluent in Spanish. Coach Julio’s favorite Soccer Shots game is the cookie monster game and the stinky sock game. “During my childhood I have never had a great mentor or role model, in sports, to look up to other than famous ball players. It wasn’t until I entered my 6th grade in school where I was introduced to my PE teacher, a very highly energetic guy who taught me the joy in physical activity. I look to bring that same happiness to the next generation.”

Coach Lauren DeWiggins

Coach Lauren DeWiggins

Coach Lauren is from Corona, California and moved to San Diego to attend school at San Diego State University. Lauren is a senior at SDSU pursuing a Bachelor’s in Kinesiology-Pre PT, in hopes to become a Physician’s Assistant with an emphasis in pediatric care. Lauren has been playing soccer since she was 4 years old and has continuously played for 14 years within both high school and club teams; which developed her passion for not only soccer, but the desire to impact children the way her teammates and coaches did for her.

Lauren’s favorite position is defense, but she also loves playing forward and scoring goals. Her favorite color is blue and she loves all foods, especially frozen yogurt! On her free time, Coach Lauren likes to hangout with friends and family, play with her dog, go on hikes, and swim at the beach!

Coach Lauren is excited to be at Soccer Shots and to make the impact that her coaches and soccer did for her. Having the opportunity to instill personal development, growth and bring laughter to children is one the most gratifying experiences and is so excited to start playing soccer with your child!

Coach Marissa Flores

Coach Marissa Flores

Coach Marissa has lived in San Diego, CA. all 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. Coach Marissa enjoys working with children and hopes to continue working with children as a career. 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. Growing up, Coach Marissa played volleyball, water polo, and swim. She grew up with a household full of soccer lovers where they constantly watch games and take part in friendly, family soccer competitions in their free time. Her favorite position is defense because she likes the challenge of someone being so close to the goal but being able to successfully stop them. Coach Marissa’s favorite food is her mom’s lasagna. Her favorite color is green. She enjoys hiking and spending time with her family. A fun fact about her is that she has travelled to Thailand. Another fun fact is that she loves nail polish and will always have a new nail color each week. “I am passionate about working for Soccer Shots because it’s a fun way of teaching children how to work with others and be responsible. I am excited to be a part of an organization that will show how a sport like soccer can have a strong impact on children’s mental and physical development not only during the sessions but in their everyday life. It’s amazing how putting a child in a club or sport can help boost their confidence.”

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