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 Chelsea Daniels

Coach Chelsea Daniels

Coach Chelsea is a graduate from CSUSM where she earned a Bachelor’s in Communication and has also obtained 2 Personal Training Certifications for all ages. Coach Chelsea is going back to CSUSM to obtain her teaching credential and hopes to become a Kinder or 1st Grade Teacher. Chelsea has been playing soccer since she was 5 years old and played throughout high school. Her dad coached both her and her younger sister throughout her soccer career and watching him make an impact on her teammates grew her passion to help children and make a difference in their lives.

Chelsea’s favorite soccer position is goalie, she believes it is one of the most important positions on the field. She loves breakfast foods and frozen yogurt! When Coach Chelsea is not playing soccer she is at the gym, hot yoga, wakeboarding, spending time with her family, or at Sunday Brunch!
Coach Chelsea is so excited to impact North County’s Youth with Soccer Shots and share her passion of health, wellness and active lifestyles. Watching kids grow and develop makes working with kids the most rewarding job a person can have in her eye and she can not wait to start playing soccer and teaching life lessons with your child.

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 Tasha Cassidy

Coach Tasha Cassidy

My background is that I graduated Santana High in Santee, in 2015 and I’m currently attending Mesa college, working towards a Child Psychology degree. I have played soccer since I was 5 years old through various clubs and Varsity HS. I’m a defensive player and my favorite position has always been sweeper (last man standing before the goalie). Other sports I’ve played are volleyball and track.

My favorite colors are purple and orange and my favorite food is sour candy (is that a food)?! Fun facts are that I have a big sweetheart Rottweiler dog named Cali and the nickname I’ve had my whole life (given to me by my Mom) is “silly”… because I’m a big kid at heart! My favorite Soccer Shots game is animal races because The kids love that game and I love seeing them get super excited! 🙂 I love my job at Soccer Shots because it is the perfect combination of my love for children and my love for soccer!
Coach Tasha is currently on Maternity Leave and we can’t wait to meet her son, Kingston in March!

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 Iana Hernandez

Coach Iana Hernandez

My name is Iana Hernandez, I’m a San Diego local and have lived here for most of my life. I attended South Western College where I received an A.A. in Preschool Teacher Training. I have been working with Preschool children for the past 17 years with the San Ysidro School District, Early Head Start in Texas, Spectrum Church Preschool and my own Family Childcare. Growing up my favorite sport was Baseball, attending Padres games with my family and playing with the neighborhood children. My favorite food is Pasta (any kind really) and my favorite color is purple. I really enjoy being outdoors such as having picnics, going to the beach, theme parks or just taking a drive looking at the scenery. I also enjoy going to the movies or out to eat with my family. Two fun facts about me is that I enjoy being silly and I have a very funny laugh. My favorite Soccer Shots game is the Elephant game. I’m very excited to work with the children of Soccer Shots because it’s a fun way to teach children basic Soccer skills, keep them active, all while teaching them important social and emotional skills during play. I believe that coaching children is a great way for both children and adults to learn from each other.

Thank you for allowing me to be part of your children’s learning process.

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 Grace Ritcher

Coach Grace Ritcher

Coach Grace is a freshman at San Diego State University. She grew up in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA as the oldest of 3 kids. She has been playing soccer since she was 3 years old and has played every position, but especially loves playing striker. Her favorite color is green and her favorite food is Mexican! In her free time, Coach Grace likes to go to the beach or take her puppy, Archie, on hikes around San Diego. Her favorite Soccer Shots game is Simon Says because she likes to be goofy with her players! Coach Grace has an extensive background in childcare and mentoring children, so she loves seeing the smile on your child’s face when they score a goal.

Coach Ammon Dunn

Coach Ammon Dunn

My name is Ammon Dunn. I was born and raised here in San Diego. I graduated from Valhalla High School and am a student at Brigham Young University. I have been playing soccer for 17 years now. My favorite positions are midfield and forward. I have also played competitive baseball, basketball, and tennis. My favorite food is watermelon. My favorite color is blue. I love spending time with my friends and family, and watching soccer on tv. I enjoy playing all types of sports and like to help others learn new things. My favorite Soccer Shots game is when we scrimmage because I like to see the kids use what they’ve just learned. I could not think of anything better than sharing the game that I love to help motivate and teach children important things and to have fun!

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