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 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 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 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!
Ahmed was born in Baghdad, Iraq. In 2003 he went to live in Jordan all the way until 2009, which was when he came to San Diego. Ahmed’s and his family came to the USA because they needed to go to a better place to live and where there were more opportunity, better education and a safer life. He recently graduated from Steele Canyon High School, will be attending Cuyamaca College to study for 2 years and then transfer to a UC to study Business Administration. He has played soccer since he was a little kid. Ahmed never have played on a team, but he always played with his friends. Ahmed also love to play and watch basketball. His favorite food is a burger, but he likes to eat many different things. His favorite color is red. In his free time, Ahmed usually either hang out with his friends, play basketball, watch basketball, watch movies, listen to music or play video games. Two fun facts about Ahmed is that I was actually born on Leap Day, February 29th and he is left handed. He wants to help the kids develop their skills in soccer and also help them grow as a person.
Coach Juan Adrian was born in National City and raised in Chula Vista. He started his soccer play as a goalkeeper and then moved to center-forward. Coach Juan has played soccer his whole life. Coach Juan played soccer at Chico State and graduated from CSU-Dominguez Hills with a Bachelor’s of Art Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, writing his thesis on American Soccer culture.
Coach Juan plays drums in a rock band, writes article on Soccer culture, and joins the Chelsea FC chapter at Shakespears’ (The SD Blues). His favorite band is Tool, his favorite color is blue, and his favorite ice cream is pistachio nut. A fun fact about Coach Juan is that when he was a kid, he believed that being a Leo (Zodiac) meant he was half cat. To a certain extent, he still somewhat believes it to this day.
“ For me, I love the opportunity that Soccer Shots gives kids; to understand their potential beyond the game. I’m really happy to be part of this team and happy that the game has continued to grow.”
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 Edgar was born and raised in North County San Diego. His hometown is San Marcos, CA. He’s currently transferring from Palomar College to San Diego State where he’s majoring in Economics. He graduated from San Dieguito Academy High School. While he was there, he ran cross country and track and field for his school.
Coach Edgar started playing soccer as a child, but didn’t play on an actual team until he was 14 and on his way to high school. He loved to play every position on his teams, but he prefers to play midfield or forward because he likes the creativity it allows him on offense.
His favorite color is red, and he loves eating tacos. To burn off the calories from all of the tacos he eats, coach Edgar likes to hike, play soccer, and sometimes run. Two fun facts about him are that he’s travelled to more places in Mexico than in the US, and he likes to sing in the shower, while driving, and at random points throughout the day.
His favorite Soccer Shots game is bulldozer. Before he worked for Soccer Shots, he worked for another after school sports program for elementary school children. While he was there, he coached soccer, dodgeball, volleyball, and more. He loved how rewarding it was to coach kids, so he jumped at the chance to work for a company that allowed him to continue coaching kids his favorite sport (soccer) exclusively. In addition, he is grateful for receiving a warm welcome to a company that focuses on empowering and encouraging growth in the players as well as the coaches.
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 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!
Gaby Gutierrez was born and raised in San Diego. On her free time she enjoys walking her schnauzers Murphy Walker and Matilda. Her favorite food is pepperoni pizza and loves the color black. In 2011, she was accepted to San José State University, where she majored in Health Science with a minor in Spanish and Psychology. She played for the San José State club soccer team for a couple years. She played center mid, a position she has been played for at least 10 years. She learned how to play soccer with her father from age 5- 17. She played in AYSO, All-stars, and multiple club teams (Matrix, Alliance, United, Albion, and Kodiak). After finishing school, she went on a month long trip to Europe. Although she enjoyed her vacation, she was ready to move back to San Diego to reconnect with family and being her career. When she moved back to San Diego, she got certified as an EMT. Being EMT certified gives her the confidence to be prepared for the unexpected in life. She is passionate about working with Soccer Shots because she has the opportunity to teach fundamental lessons of teamwork, dedication, confidence and respect in a safe non-competitive environment.
Coach Alexia was born and raised in sunny San Diego! She loves the sunshine and ocean but Seattle also holds a special place in her heart! She graduated with her B.A. in Integrated Marketing Communications and her associates in Sociology. She loves the power and creativity of social media platforms. She wants to use social media and marketing for positive social movements within communities. Coach Alexia started playing soccer early in life at 7 years old and played until her junior year of high school. It quickly became her passion. Unfortunately she tore her ACL the second to last game of junior year and she decided to focus on academics senior year. Her favorite foods are tacos and French fries. Also, coffee runs through her veins. She blames it on college. Alexia loves to be outside in nature which includes hiking and paddle boarding. She also enjoys researching new health and wellness trends. And she loves to collect plants. They say the plant lady is the new cat lady! Coach Alexia has been to Haiti twice to serve at risk children in the port au prince area and she has kept 9 houseplants alive and thriving! Alexia’s favorite soccer shots game is Scrimmage because the children always have the most fun and can show off their new skills! Coach Alexia is passionate about being a part of Soccer Shots because she believes these children are our future! She wants to teach children to be the kind, confident, determined, respectful people of tomorrow while having fun playing soccer!
Coach Joseph is originally from Enterprise Alabama. Recently he graduated from the California College of San Diego with an Associates of Applied Science in Management and Accounting; and has returned for his Bachelor’s in Administration. He spent most of his school years playing basketball, football, and running track/field where he gained team-building, leadership, and motivational skills. Coach Joseph is also a Navy veteran.
His favorite dish is “Fish & Grits” and favorite color is purple. His free time includes being a father to his two beautiful children and exploring Southern California. A few fun facts about Coach Joseph is that he lived in Japan for a year and forgot how to drive when he returned to the states. Also, he wants to become a licensed sky diver.
“I am excited to use the game of Soccer to teach children valuable lessons. I look forward to the experience and opportunity to cultivate incredible beginner athletes, and the lasting memories of each season!” Coach Joseph is looking forward to delivering a quality-based learning experience.
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 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 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 we 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 the 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 the 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, his leadership and charisma on and off the field. Beside soccer, he played Rugby and Cricket until he moved to the United States. Coach Farhad loves working with kids and really wish to bring the joy of soccer to them. He always wondered if he started playing at a younger age, he would have had more opportunity in the sport. He wishes to make sure that no kid ever has to wonder what could have been.
Coach Jesse is from Dallas, Texas and graduated from Midlothian High School. He served four yours in the United States Marine Corps shortly after graduating and upon being discharged honorably moved to San Diego to continue his studies in college. Jesse has played soccer since the age of 5 and played other sports such as football and baseball since the same age.
This is Coach Jesse’s first season working with Soccer Shots as a coach. His favorite game to play with the children is “fish out of water” because it’s always fun being the piranha. Some things he likes to do on his free time is going to concerts and finding a new beach spot. Coach Jesse is passionate about working with Soccer Shots as a coach because he wants to leave a meaningful impact for the children’s development at a young age.
Coach Luis was born and raised here in San Diego. He has been playing soccer his whole life through club soccer and Varsity All 4 years at Hilltop High School. Since a child Luis loved the game and never stopped playing, he loves to play Center Mid and winger. He loves burritos and nice baked cookies also likes the color blue. Luis plays in a Semi Pro team here in San Diego on his off time and also studies Real Estate & Entrepreneurship. Some fun facts about Luis is he can play the ukulele & beat everybody at FIFA 18. His favorite soccer shots game is the scrimmage at the end of the session helping everyone score a goal and get excited is his biggest joy. Luis is passionate about soccer because he wants to impact kids through this sport in a positive way just like he was when growing up.
“This is a beautiful sport and pushing the culture and the love of this around the world is Priceless.” -Coach Luis.
Coach Maddy is a born and raised San Diegan who is also an aspiring elementary school teacher pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis on dual language. In high school she was a track star running the 800m and high jump as well as very studious taking all AP classes and bossing everyone around in her schools ASB. She loves the dynamics of team encouragement and leading by example especially participating in such a huge family sports.
Maddy enjoys trips to the beach, walking her huge golden retriever pup Roxy and going out on hikes and runs. She loves smoothies and seafood and her secret talent is being able to speak French!
Maddy is a new coach who is looking forward to the brand new exciting experiences Soccer Shots has to offer while bringing her own positive attitude and enthusiasm with her to every practice. She cannot wait to take on a new adventure here with us at Soccer Shots and make this experience one worth while for everyone.
If you have a passion for positively impacting children through youth sports, we’d love to talk to you.