Meet The Coaches

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

Coach Julio

Coach Julio

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. 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

Coach Andrew

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 him 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 a 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 being a soccer coach and having fun with all the 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

Coach Briana

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-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

Coach Alison

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 sports 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 Diego

Coach Diego

Originally, Coach Diego is from Oceanside, California. His parents both worked in and for the Military there. When he was entering the fifth grade his Dad was stationed in Norfolk, Virginia. Coach Diego lived in Virginia Beach for 8 years and eventually made his way back to San Diego as he started his senior year of high school, which was 2015. Ever since then he has been here living in Chula Vista. Coach Diego is half Spanish and half German. He mainly grew up with his Mom’s side of the family because they live here in San Diego. He has a very big family and it’s something he enjoys and takes advantage of whenever he can. Coach Diego grew up living with his parents and older brother. He graduated at a University in Virginia and is currently living there. He currently goes to Southwestern College as a History Major and Administration Minor. He plans to get his Associates Degree and transfer to SDSU. His end goal is to become a teacher and while teaching he plans to work on his Masters in Administration to allow him to become a Principle at either a Elementary School or High School.

Coach Diego has played soccer since he was three years old, he started playing for teams in Oceanside up until he moved to Virginia. Once he moved, his soccer career took off through travel and academy teams throughout. Since he was about eight years old, he has been a goalkeeper. Coach Diego’s first goalkeeper coach was Coach Tran of the Old Dominion Soccer Club, who 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. Coach Diego played soccer in Middle School and through High School starting as the Varsity Goalkeeper all four years, three of which were at Salem High school Virginia Beach, Virginia and his final year playing at Hilltop High School. He also played football three years of High School as a Defensive Lineman and the Punter and PAT kicker. In Virginia he wrestled in his off season of soccer as well as football in order to stay in shape.

Coach Diego’s favorite food is Italian, he loves pasta and loves to cook it as much as possible. His favorite color is turquoise, a mix of green and blue. He loves to go to the gym in his spare time and hanging out with friends and family whenever he gets the chance. Coach Diego also enjoys going out to new restaurants and trying different foods and exploring new places!

The first fun fact about Coach Diego is that he is a die hard Sneaker-head, which means he absolutely love shoes and the street clothing that pairs with it. Another fun fact about him is that he love to draw- he draws all sorts of things. He may not be the best, but he always has fun doing it! Coach Diego is passionate about working at Soccer Shots because the age groups that he works with are so receptive to new information and that really allows him to make the biggest and best impact on 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

Coach Amanda

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 grass more than the actual 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 Crys

Coach Crys

Coach Crys enjoyed pursuing dual degrees in Music Education and Business Administration (emphasis in Accounting and Human Resources), and Minors in Women’s Studies and Criminology.  Coach Crys has played soccer from a young age and swam competitively throughout college.  Her favorite food is chocolate and tacos, in that order. Her favorite colors are orange, yellow, and pink.  She spends her time being as intentional as possible with her family and finding new places to explore with them.  A couple of fun facts about Coach Crys is that she tries to read a book a night and enjoys cooking new Keto recipes.  Coach Crys is passionate about working at Soccer Shots because of the joy that children bring to soccer.  The magic is in the moment they master a skill, throw their hands up in the air, and yell, “I did it, Coach!”  Coach Crys is passionate about helping each Soccer Shots team member find their drive and bringing challenge to help them achieve their goals.  

Coach Marissa

Coach Marissa

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 traveled 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 Farhad

Coach Farhad

Coach Farhad is originally from South Africa and made his way to San Diego State University. He graduated from SDSU with a Bachelors in Business. While attending college, Coach Farhad coached a youth soccer league in La Jolla and made it to the his division final.  He also helped coach the all-star team in the same league and won the division that year.

Coach Farhad started playing soccer at age 13 and his position has always been defense or defensive mid. He was the captain at his high school team and took second place in his district.  Coach Farhad has a great passion for the game and when he is not playing soccer, he is watching it on television. He enjoys watching the English Premier League and if Barcelona is playing that day, he enjoys watching them in La Liga ( Spanish League).

A Fun fact about coach Farhad is that even though he is a Barcelona and Messi fan, he respects Christiano Ronaldo and loves his work ethic, leadership and charisma on and off the field. Besides soccer, he played Rugby and Cricket until he moved to the United States. Coach Farhad loves working with kids and really wishes to bring the joy of soccer to them.  He always wondered if he started playing at a younger age, would he have had a better opportunity to learn the sport? He wishes to make sure that no kid ever has to wonder what could have been.

Coach Sophia

Coach Sophia

Coach Sophia was born and raised in San Diego. She chose not to leave for college because the weather is always sunny and she enjoys being close to her family and friends.  Sophia did coach children ages 1-11 at the YMCA in a gymnastics and camp setting for four years. She also has spent a year interning with two elementary schools, Hearst and Marvin Elementary, observing and learning child development and teaching strategies. Coach Sophia has just finished her first semester at Point Loma Nazarene University as an exercise and sports science major.  She is taking the next couple of semesters at Grossmont College to complete undergraduate studies and plans to transfer back to Point Loma to finish her bachelors and obtain her masters.  While Coach Sophia has not played soccer competitively, she grew up playing a wide variety of sports including gymnastics, water polo, diving, volleyball, and more. Honestly, just name a sport and she has most likely played it!  Coach Sophia’s favorite food is by far the blueberry muffin and her favorite color is PURPLE. In her free time, Coach Sophia likes to go and hike different trails with her puppy, Blue. She is very athletic and loves to participate in activities that provide a physical challenge. She also enjoys just hanging out with her friends and going surfing at the beach.  Two fun facts about coach Sophia are that she can do a back flip and that she has never been to another country. Coach Sophia became passionate about working for Soccer Shots after hearing about how Soccer Shots educates children on more than just the sport itself. She loved the idea of combining soccer with early learning development and how that can benefit a child on and off the field. Soccer Shots really focuses on developing the overall character of a child and she absolutely loves that.  Coach Sophia views herself as a coach, educator and role model that can influence our youth in a positive way. This company provides the perfect opportunity to do just that!​

Coach Alexander

Coach Alexander

Coach Alex was born in San Diego, but lived in Mexico from when he was born to the age of 7.  What brought him to live in the states was school. From the age of 2 was when he started going to school in the States.  He would travel across the border at 4AM, Monday – Friday just to go to school. School was very difficult for him at the time because he really didn’t have anyone to help him because his mother would work late and his grandparents didn’t exactly know English to understand what he needed help on. One thing for sure was he did understand soccer. Soccer was basically Coach Alex’s escape as a child. Once he had his hands on a ball, his feet couldn’t resist. The only thing that can change his mood would be a ball in between his feet.  Coach Alex has been playing soccer most of his life. He says that because at one point he also liked skateboarding. He still skateboards in his free time, especially with his dog Massive. He loves pulling Coach Alex on his skateboard. In his free time Coach Alex loves spending time with his dog or on the field. He loves playing as forward or midfielder winger. Starting as winger gave him the advantage of making beautiful passes and seeing how the game goes. He also likes to be a striker and the reason for that is his love to score goals. Coach Alex’s favorite color is black and he likes all kinds of food. If it smells good, he will try it. He is excited to be working with Soccer Shots because not only is he is getting to do what he loves, he gets to help teach it to the youth.  He wants to be a friend and a coach to the younger, new generation of soccer players.

Coach Jae

Coach Jae

Coach Jae is from the Bay Area, specifically San Ramon. He originally came to San Diego for the nursing program at SDSU; however, he ended up changing his major to Information Systems. Coach Jae loves eating so it’s always hard picking his favorite food. Poke is currently one of his favorite foods and his favorite color is any shade of blue! In his free time, Coach Jae enjoys watching Netflix, hanging out with friends, going to the gym, and playing video games. A fun fact about Coach Jae is that he has a long-haired Siamese-mix cat named Taengoo. She is the cutest cat in the world (not biased of course) but ironically, he is allergic to her. Another fun fact is that he is rarely serious. Coach Jae is a pretty goofy person and he jokes around a lot. His fraternity is based on community service, specifically for the under-served youth, so Coach Jae works with youth a lot and really enjoys it. He is passionate about bringing his enthusiasm to Soccer Shots and being a positive impact on children!

Coach Jesus

Coach Jesus

Coach Jesus was born and raised in San Diego California but, his family is from Cotija De La Paz Michoacan Mexico. His whole family lives in San Diego and he loves the weather here. Coach Jesus has always had an interest and love for soccer. He graduated from West Hills High School and is currently enrolled at Grossmont College working on getting his bachelor’s degree in psychology. Coach Jesus has been playing soccer since he was 2 years old. He has played in a few teams in his teenage years and was in the finals 2 times as a striker or attacking midfielder. His favorite color is blue and his favorite food is sushi. In his free time, Coach Jesus likes to play video games, hang out with friends, see movies, and play sports. Two fun facts about Coach Jesus are that he used to be afraid of heights and when he has to fix something he always watches a YouTube guide. He is passionate about working in Soccer Shots because it is an opportunity to combine two things he enjoys: soccer and seeing the way children react to their accomplishments. “It makes me smile every time”, says Coach Jesus.

Coach Charen

Coach Charen

Coach Charen was born and raised in San Diego, California. She is a recent graduate of San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management with an emphasis in Human Resources. Growing up, Coach Charen played softball and competed in various dance competitions. Her favorite food is sushi and her favorite colors are pastel colors such as pastel pink, blue, and purple. During her free time she enjoys going to concerts, playing with her dog Riley, and spending time with her family and friends. One fun fact about Coach Charen is that she lived in Japan from 2012-2014 and graduated high school there at the navy base in Yokosuka. Another fun fact about Coach Charen is that she has a small stationery collection. Coach Charen is passionate about working for Soccer Shots and impacting children. It’s important for her to be able to develop relationships with families and children to help build confidence in children. She believes it is very rewarding and very fun.

Coach Cielo

Coach Cielo

Coach Cielo was born and raised in San Diego, California. San Diego will forever be her favorite place because it’s sunny all year. Coach Cielo recently graduated from high school. Soccer is something she is passionate about, therefore she decided to expand her career in something she enjoys. She has played soccer since she was eight years old. Coach Cielo started as a defense and when she got to high school she ended up as a goalie. Her favorite color is white because it’s simple and pure. In her free time she likes to go out with friends, have small road trips, go to the beach, and go hiking. 2 fun facts about Coach Cielo are that she has two dogs and that she has a birthmark on her eye so it’s 2 different colors. Coach Cielo is passionate about working for Soccer Shots because we teach soccer and character building skills!

Coach Natalie

Coach Natalie

Coach Natalie is so excited to share her knowledge of soccer with all of our super Soccer Shot stars! Natalie began playing soccer at the age of 7 and has always played midfield and forward! She is left footed and left handed and enjoys scoring a lot of goals! Coach Natalie has had a lot of experience through some great soccer opportunities and continues to play to this day. Her favorite team is Barcelona. Natalie has coached along the California coast including Monterey, Orange County, and San Diego. She played at Cal State Monterey Bay in college as well as the under 20 Women’s Guatemalan National soccer team! Natalie also enjoys the beach, golf, and bowling. Coach Natalie’s favorite soccer player is Lionel Messi because he is left footed and quick just like her. Natalie looks forward to sharing her passion for soccer and have fun teaching games and moves with our soccer friends!

Coach Rachel

Coach Rachel

Coach Rachel is from Encinitas, CA. She has lived in Southern California her whole life and now attends San Diego State University. She studies International Business with an emphasis on Spanish in Latin America. She played soccer growing up and has been on both club and school teams. Rachel mainly played defense as a right back, but occasionally would play as a midfielder. In addition to soccer, Rachel played both indoor and beach volleyball, lacrosse, and field hockey! Her favorite food is pizza and her favorite color is blue. In her free time, Rachel enjoys going to the beach with friends and having bonfires. She also enjoys going on camping trips and snowboarding. Two fun facts about Rachel are that she has two older sisters and two golden retriever dogs. Rachel wants to positively impact the children that she coaches. She has had coaches that acted as role models for her in the past and she wants to reciprocate the same.

Coach Kylie

Coach Kylie

Coach Kylie says she is from anywhere and everywhere! The longest place she lived was a town called Cedar City, Utah! Most recently though, she moved to San Diego from Washington DC. Kylie has been working with kids since she can remember! She study deaf education for the beginning of her college experience but realized her true passion was to work with all kids! She now is focusing on Marriage/Family studies and Child Advocacy. Kylie grew up playing many sports (basketball, volleyball, track). She never got into soccer as a young girl. At 20 she met the love of her life and he taught her the error of her ways and the true ways of soccer! Now she enjoys rooting for her favorite team “Real Salt Lake”. Kylie’s favorite color is turquoise. In her free time she loves taking her scruffy terrier Bruiser to the dog beach. Kylie is extremely passionate about kickboxing and has started looking into competing in smaller leagues. Kylie has also been to 35 states out of the 50 and has a bucket list to make it to all 50 states! What makes Kylie so excited about working in Soccer Shots is the passion that is not only felt but encouraged to bring an amazing experience to so many kids across the board. The impact that coaches have on children can be so crucial! Kylie is so excited to be part of this opportunity!

Coach Jonathan

Coach Jonathan

Coach Jonathan is from Sacramento, California and he moved to San Diego in order to attend SDSU. He is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Development. He played soccer from ages 4-18, usually as a defender or midfielder. Coach Jonathan’s favorite color is pink. In his free time, he like to hang out with my friends, play kendama and watch movies. Two fun facts about him are, he am an only child and he has never broken a bone. Coach Jonathan is passionate about working with children and Soccer Shots specifically because he grew up playing soccer and admires the opportunity that Soccer Shots is providing. In addition, he is passionate about working with children because he spent a lot of time in an after school program and had a great experience as a kid, so he hopes to be able to make a lasting impact on children’s lives like the role models in his life.

Coach

Coach

Briana Oseguera, also known as Coach Bri is from Bakersfield, California and was brought to San Diego three years ago to be a student at San Diego State University. A little bit about Briana is that after she graduated from Sierra High School in Manteca, California, she decided that SDSU was her new home. She is currently in her fourth year as a Child Development major. Briana is also currently a soccer coach for Sports for Learning where the company offers comprehensive after-school programs at different sites for refugee children. One of the main goals of these programs is to increase academic language proficiency, so Coach Bri incorporates the English language and STEM concepts into pre-planned soccer activities and games. Though Briana’s first year of college was the year she chose to stop playing to put her academics first, she played for 12 years. Briana was a versatile player who started out as defender for her first eight years of soccer, then moved to midfield, then her way up to a striker. Briana was also very active in high school and was involved in not only the soccer team, but she also played volleyball and ran cross country. Other than playing soccer for fun with friends, Briana likes to spend her free time at the beach and going out to different places to eat. Briana loves the color purple and enjoys eating pizza and pasta – her two favorite foods! Two fun facts about her is that she switched her major twice in college and she even has a dwarf hamster named Bella. Coach Bri is passionate to pursue anything that she sets her mind and is eager to learn about the children, their families, and what more she can always do to be helpful. She is passionate to be apart of the Soccer Shots team as they strive to positively impact the lives of children, and like her as well, aims to make a difference among those children and families within the community.

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