Eileen Danielski, Regional Director
Eileen’s love of soccer began the moment she stepped foot on the pitch at 6 years’ old! She was a 4-year Varsity Soccer, Basketball and Track & Field Athlete at Sacred Heart Academy in Hamden, CT. Eileen followed her passion for sports and health & wellness at The George Washington University where she earned her BS in Exercise Science. After college, she worked with Federal Occupational Health for 10 years, overseeing federal government fitness centers at locations including The House of Representatives, Senate, Peace Corps, The Department of Health and Human Services and The Department of Defense. Eileen has also worked with the Department of State’s SportsUnited program, leading exercise programs for Youth Sports Groups visiting the US from underdeveloped countries.
Nick Tardibouno, Coaching Program Coordinator
Nick is originally from New Jersey where he began playing soccer at the age of 4. He continued to play throughout his childhood also refereeing as well. This passion for sports has been with him through his entire life and led to his choice in major. Nick studied at George Mason University where Northern Virginia became a second home. He graduated with a B.S. in Sports Management furthering allowing him to follow his passion for sports. This passion led him to be a coach and intern at Soccer Shots during 2016 which then allowed him to continue his journey in the sports industry. He is currently continuing his education at FAU working towards obtaining a MBA in Sport Management. Nick has come back to my second home in Northern Virginia working with Soccer Shots since May 2018 as a coaching program coordinator. He came back to Soccer Shots because of the impact we make on children and his passion for soccer.
Britney Kendall, Assistant Coaching Program Coordinator
Coach Britney grew up in Northern Virginia with her parents and two brothers! She has spent most of her life playing soccer, before taking her studies and soccer skills to the Radford University. While there, she fostered her love for soccer as a member of the Radford University Women’s Soccer team while pursuing a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Psychology and Exercise, Sports & Health Education. Coach Britney brings in a wealth of experience from being on Soccer Island to coaching her old High school team. In her free time, Coach Britney loves listening to music, watching sports, eating gummy bears and hanging out with family & friends.
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The “Three C's” – Coaching, Communication and Curriculum
The foundation of Soccer Shots is our relentless commitment to providing best-in-class coaching, communication and curriculum.
The best coaches in the business
- Every Soccer Shots coach must complete our comprehensive training program to receive certification.
- All Soccer Shots coaches are trained in the use of developmentally appropriate techniques.
- Coaches are routinely evaluated and undergo ongoing training.
- Our coach selection process evaluates not only the ability to coach soccer, but also the ability to engage and inspire children.
An exceptional customer experience with ongoing communication
- You will receive a weekly summary of what your child is learning at Soccer Shots.
- We proactively communicate cancellations due to weather or other circumstances.
- Our staff understands the importance of timely, responsive communication.
Expert-approved curriculum that aligns with early childhood education standards
- Our developmentally appropriate curriculum places an emphasis on character development and skill building.
- Our program is created under the guidance of childhood education specialists, professional soccer players and experienced and licensed soccer coaches.
- We constantly re-evaluate and update our curriculum to stay current with childhood education standards.
The History of Soccer Shots
Our founding partners, Jeremy Sorzano and Jason Webb, were soccer teammates both in college and professionally. They formed Soccer Shots® in 1998 after recognizing a lack of quality soccer programs for children under age 8. They shared an entrepreneurial spirit, a deep love of soccer, and a passion to inspire children to live fit and healthy lives.
The success of Soccer Shots in Charlotte, NC and Harrisburg, PA, where Sorzano and Webb first launched their businesses, led to several of their friends and former teammates wanting to get involved. In 2005, Soccer Shots began franchising and opened its first four franchises in OH, DE, FL, and PA. The business opportunity began to attract more soccer entrepreneurs, and Soccer Shots has enjoyed growing around the country and into Canada.
In May of 2009, Justin Bredeman, another former college soccer teammate, became the third Soccer Shots partner. Justin brought with him eight years of experience from Auntie Anne’s, Inc., a pretzel franchising company, where he led a team that supported nearly 800 franchise units. His deep understanding of the franchise business model also comes from the knowledge gained from his five years of owning and running a Soccer Shots business of his own.
In August of 2009, the Soccer Shots partners founded the Soccer Shots Foundation, the non-profit arm of Soccer Shots. The Soccer Shots Foundation provides opportunities to economically challenged children within the U.S. and around the world through the game of soccer.
From its humble beginnings, Soccer Shots has grown beyond Jeremy and Jason’s biggest dreams, with over 180 territories across 37 states and Canada. In 2016, more than 335,000 children participated in Soccer Shots.
The business is consistently recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine as the #1 Children’s Fitness Franchise in the U.S. And today, Soccer Shots is positioned as the best-in-class children’s soccer program with a focus on character development.
And while the accolades are appreciated, our mission remains focused – positively impacting children’s lives.
Soccer Shots Franchising, LLC is based in central Pennsylvania, just east of Harrisburg.
Stronger Youth. Beyond the Game.
We believe that soccer is a powerful vehicle for positively impacting youth. Through our partnership with the U.S. Soccer Foundation, we aim to impact children who live in underserved communities through quality soccer programs that support their physical and personal development.