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 Tehya Peterson
Coach Tehya was born and raised in San Diego and absolutely loves the weather. She received her Associate’s Degree of Arts in Child development from San Diego Mesa College. Coach Tehya has been playing soccer since she was 5 years old and also played 2 years of college soccer while at San Diego Mesa.
From the time she was 6 to 18 years old, she played left and center midfielder up until college where she began playing center defender and fell in love with the position! She played club locally since she was 6 years old with the Bonita Rebels and later the La Jolla Impact.
When Coach Tehya isn’t coaching at Soccer Shots, she likes to listen to music, watch movies, go to the beach, play soccer, and go to the gym! Her favorite color is navy blue and her favorite food is enchiladas! Two fun facts about Coach Tehya are that she has 5 brothers and sisters and has been to 8 foreign countries! Her favorite Soccer Shots game is playing Octopus Tag!
Coach Tehya is so excited to impact East County’s youth through soccer. She hopes to inspire and make an impact on each child. She is excited to continue to coach and help your child know that they can do anything in life if they believe in themselves and always try their best!
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 Brianna Fujimoto
Coach Brianna is originally from Sacramento, California and moved to San Diego to attend SDSU. She is currently majoring in Child and Family Development. Once she graduates she hopes to go on to get her masters in Occupational Therapy. Brianna has been playing both soccer and basketball since she was five years old. Her favorite position is left midfielder because she is left footed and gets to play both offense and defense.
Brianna loves all food, but her favorite is pasta. Her favorite colors are black, white, tan, or any neutral colors. Coach Brianna enjoys napping, baking, cooking, reading, watching Netflix, and spending time with her family and friends. A couple of fun facts about Coach Brianna is that she is double jointed and ambidextrous.
Coach Brianna’s favorite Soccer Shots game is freeze tag. She is very passionate about soccer and impacting the youth. She enjoys helping kids not only with their soccer skills but with their growth and development as well. She enjoys spending time with the kids and always looks forward to work because they never fail to put a smile on her face.
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 Jocelyn Lewis
Coach Jocelyn joins us from Orange County. She attend USC and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology followed by a Master’s in Physical Education from Azusa Pacific University. She is a mother to 3 boys ages 12, 10, and 3.
Her favorite food is a family dish called chicken paprika and poke. Her favorite color is blue. In Coach Jocelyn’s free time she loves baking treats for family and friends, sewing quilts or costumes, or taking a walk along the beach. A couple of fun facts about Coach Jocelyn is that she was on the first girls water polo team at her high school and that she is afraid of swimming in the ocean.
Coach Jocelyn is so happy to work for a great company like Soccer Shots. She loves teaching kids and seeing the enthusiasm they get from accomplishing small tasks or goals. Sports are a fun environment to gain self-esteem, develop a healthy lifestyle, and gain friendships.
Coach Jessica Mok
I am from San Jose, California and came to San Diego to attend college. I am a psychology major and currently go to school at San Diego State University! I played soccer growing up but I had to stop because basketball and soccer season conflicted. I love team sports and played volleyball in addition to basketball and soccer. My favorite food is Thai food and Japanese food, but I love desserts! My favorite color is burgundy. In my free time, I like to hang out with my friends I’ve made from school (like trying new fun places to eat) since I am not from San Diego. Two fun facts about me are that I bullet journal, in which I create a planner from scratch and I also am the oldest daughter out of three girls in my family. I am passionate about working for Soccer Shots because I understand how important it is to participate in team sports. Some of my fondest memories come from playing on a team and making the most out of that experience. Growing up playing sports has taught me so much more than how to play the game; it has given me many important life skills that I carry with me to this day. I am thankful for this opportunity to be a coach as my experience with sports has truly come to a full circle. I am looking forward to this season and I promise we will have lots of fun!
If you have a passion for positively impacting children through youth sports, we’d love to talk to you.