Coach & Director
Sarah Hambleton, Program Director
To many of you, Coach Sarah needs no introduction as we have been blessed to have her as one of our coaches since 2011! Sarah genuinely cares about the children she coaches and thoroughly enjoys teaching them the wonderful game of soccer.
She started playing soccer at the age of 8 and played college soccer at the State University of New York at Geneseo where she received a bachelor’s degree in Sociology. After graduation, Sarah continued her education at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC where she received her Elementary Education teaching license and taught fifth grade. She lives in Huntersville and is always on the go trying to keep up with her 3 crazy boys!
Coach & Cabarrus County Director
Coach Amy started playing soccer when she was 8 yrs old, and continued playing all through high school and then intramurals in college. She still enjoys playing in Charlotte area ladies’ and co-ed leagues.
Not only is Amy a fantastic coach, she is also very driven and believes in the Soccer Shots message. And because of that, she has added the role of Cabarrus County Sales Manager to her role as Coach!
“I live in Charlotte with my husband and 2 sons, and I have coached both of them in their early years playing recreational soccer. I have also been a substitute teacher in their preschool, and I have held just about every possible PTA position, from President to Book Fair Chair, Finance Chair, Fall Festival Chair, etc.
My job with Soccer Shots is a fantastic mix of two of my favorite things – working with children and playing soccer!”
Matt has played soccer all his life and joined the Soccer Shots coaching team in the summer of 2015. He believes that soccer is an amazing sport and decided he wanted to coach children so they can have the same amazing experience playing the game that he had growing up! Matt is planning to be a Social Studies teacher after graduation at UNCC!
Coach Chase loves working with children! His soccer experience dates all the way back to when he was 5 years old and he has been playing or involved in coaching soccer ever since then. He began coaching with Soccer Shots over 2.5 years ago and loves it! Currently, he is also the men’s and women’s soccer coach at JM Robinson High School and is also the preschool nursery director at his church in Mint Hill.
Justin moved down to the Charlotte area from Albany, NY in January 2016 to set down roots and really likes it here! He began coaching with us in late 2016 and has proven himself as a great coach! We receive regular emails from parents talking about how well he coaches. We’re happy to have him!
‘I’ve played soccer since I was five years old and now I play in adult leagues. I’ve run summer soccer camps while I was in high school and I substitute teach when I’m not out on the soccer field.
Currently I’m teaching middle school in Statesville as well as coaching the East Iredell Middle soccer team. Go Knights! I’m glad I have the chance to work with younger children to share my passion for soccer with them. I look forward to meeting you all this season!’
“I’m Gwendolyn (Coach Gwen to the kiddos) and I am a Belmont Abbey graduate. (GO Crusaders!) I absolutely love my “job” as a Soccer Shots coach. In the short time I’ve been with Soccer Shots, I’ve already been so blessed to watch these children not only fall in love with soccer, but build character traits such as respect, commitment, sharing, and maintaining a positive attitude! Seriously, children are amazing and I often find myself learning more from them than I expect. Aside from Soccer Shots, I LOVE spending time with my husband, our 4 year old son and 1 year old daughter. I enjoy hiking, kayaking, fishing, running, playing pick-up tag football and basketball, being at church, reading, writing, and playing soccer of course! I truly look forward to being your child’s coach and I hope to meet you somewhere along the way!”
Theresa (better known as “Coach Tee”) started playing soccer when she was four years old, and has loved it ever since! She played for her club and high school in California, and then moved to North Carolina to play for Belmont Abbey College. When she is not playing soccer, she is cooking hamburgers in her backyard or chasing her daughter around. She loves working with children, and hopes to pass on her love of soccer to each child she meets!
Hannah Grace A.
Hannah Grace (known as “Coach Grace”), grew up in Charlotte playing soccer on several club and school teams. She graduated with a Bible/Communication degree from Columbia International University. Post graduation, she has worked with kids in several different teaching and coaching capacities. Coach Grace is excited to be a part of the Soccer Shots family teaching kids to love the game while having the most fun!
Coach Ashley has been playing soccer for over 30 years and continues to play in tournaments and recreational leagues. She has been coaching youth soccer for six years and loves having fun with the kids while supporting their growth. When she is not on the soccer field she can be found spending time outdoors with her son, caring for her animals, kayaking, or volunteering in the community.
Coach Jason has played soccer competitively for 15 years.
“I have coached various age groups ranging from 4-19 for a total of 6 years. I am excited that God has brought me back to my home town to give children the same experience that I had growing up.”
Jason is so excited to have Soccer Shots in Mt. Pleasant which is obvious – “Soccer is back in Mt. Pleasant! Let’s Go!!”
Coach Emily grew up in Charlotte and started playing soccer when she was 7 years old. After playing competitively through high school and club teams, she’s now channelling her passion for the game by coaching.
“Soccer has always been a huge part of my life! After graduating from Virginia Tech, God blessed me with two children and it has been an absolute joy sharing the game with them. Through coaching, I love that I can inspire other children and see their growth both on the soccer field and as individuals!”
Gabriela “Coach Gabi” is one of our newer coaches, but we are beyond excited to have her join our team! She’s super energetic and positive and loves working with children!
“Even though I’m from a Dominican family where everyone loves baseball, soccer was in my blood! I began playing when I was about 5 years old and played through high school as well as recreationally! Once I sadly aged out I began to coach 4-5 year olds. I fell for coaching just as much as I did playing and I hope to instill confidence in my kiddos while sparking their love for the game!”
Mikayla “Coach Kayla” coaches in Gaston County and we’re really excited to have her!
“I have been working with kiddos for over five years now. I love playing soccer and my entire family does too. From coaching to reffing, we all play a part in the soccer world. I am in school for my social work degree and am so pumped to play soccer with all the kiddos!”
Coach Chris has been playing soccer most of his life! He is highly experienced in working with children through substitute teaching, tutoring, and being a former camp counselor.
“I am passionate about creating an environment where children can have fun playing soccer while learning along the way. I am full of energy and super excited for the new season, so you can be sure I will be able to keep up with your little ones and give them an amazing experience!”
Coach Erin grew up in China Grove, North Carolina. She recently moved back home from a year teaching English abroad in Paris, France. She graduated from East Carolina in December 2017 with a degree in French and speaks the language fluently! She also finished school with a minor in Education.
“I started playing soccer 20 years ago (at the age of 5), and have enjoyed coaching many teams in the Greenville and Salisbury areas of NC. I love soccer and I am so excited to share my passion for the game with all of the fabulous new soccer players I’ll be coaching!”
If you have a passion for positively impacting children, we’d love to talk to you.