Coach Jamie has co-owned Soccer Shots Greater St. Louis with his wife, Nicole, since 2010.
Coach Nicole has co-owned the Soccer Shots Greater St. Louis franchise with her husband, Jamie, since 2010.
Director of Coaching
Coach Ross is originally from England and played in two professional youth academies as a child; Leeds United and York City. Ross came to the United States at 19 and studied at Lindenwood University, earning a B.A. in Finance and a M.B.A. in Management and Finance. He has several years of professional soccer experience, playing for the St. Louis Ambush since 2014. Coach Ross is one of the longest-tenured members of the Soccer Shots Greater St. Louis team and was recently promoted to Director of Coaching, with responsibility for coaching performance, staffing, training and development.
Coach Bek is currently a student at Urshan College and has been coaching with Soccer Shots for the past three years, first with Soccer Shots in Texas and then with Soccer Shots Greater St. Louis. Coach Bek says, “I grew up in my mom’s in-home daycare, helping out since before I could remember. I have been involved in child care service at church since I was about 12. When I graduated high school, I became a nanny. I have loved being able to interact with every kiddo I have been a coach for. My favorite thing about Soccer Shots has been able to see each child start at young ages and watch them progress and become talented mini athletes. Seeing my Soccer Shots friend graduate from our program and be able to compete is an extremely rewarding thing. Fun fact about me: I was born and raised in Texas and moved to Texas for about 7 years. I have moved back about a year ago. Therefore, I dub myself a Missourian-Texan.”
Coach Kyle graduated from Westminster College with a B.A. in Business Marketing/Sports Management, minoring in Education/Coaching. He also played collegiate varsity men’s soccer and varsity men’s tennis while at Westminster College and successfully completed an internship with the soccer team, shadowing the head coach, during his senior year. Coach Kyle has played soccer for most of his life and is passionate about the sport and coaching. He strongly values sportsmanship and respect, and notes a desire to pursue coaching because of the positive and lasting impact coaches had on his life throughout his playing career.
Coach Cherry joined Soccer Shots in 2019.
Coach Emma joined Soccer Shots in 2019 and is currently a junior at Lyon College in Batesville, AR, majoring in Mathematics and Computer Science. She is also a and member of the Lyon College Women’s Soccer Team and holds a Grade E and F coaching license. She began playing soccer at age six and was fortunate to have the same coach and team until she was in high school. She started coaching younger players when she was in high school and has coached for Batesville Youth Soccer and at the Real Madrid Summer Camp in St. Louis. Emma says “My favorite thing about Soccer Shots is getting to see all the kids and creating bonds that encourage an active lifestyle and help instill a love of soccer that will last a lifetime.” She also says, “Fun Fact: I have a cat named Max who I get to take to school with me.”
Coach Ashton has been with Soccer Shots since 2019. Originally from Florida, she is a student at Urshan College and played soccer throughout middle and high school. Prior to joining Soccer Shots, Ashton was a nanny for multiple families and grew up volunteering with children at her church’s Sunday School. She says, “My favorite thing about Soccer Shots is getting the opportunity to form relationships with each of my kiddos as well as teaching them a sport that I have loved since I was a child. It is so fulfilling to see the impact that I can make on each kid’s life in such a short amount of time. One fun fact about me is that I love photography!”
Coach Sam has been part of the Soccer Shots coaching team since Spring 2020.
From Sam: “I graduated from Timberland High School in 2019. I will be starting my second year at Maryville University as a Psychology major. I started playing soccer in 2005, at 4 years old. I played all throughout high school and decided not to play in college, so I played for 14 years. I started coaching at Soccer Shots spring of 2020, but I have helped with younger teams in the past. I have worked multiple summer camps (VBS, College for Kids, etc) and worked some summer school. My mom is a 1st grade teacher, so I learn from her every day. I have gone to help in her classroom and I have so much fun with her students! My favorite thing about Soccer Shots is the bond that I build with the kids. They are always so excited when I walk through the door and they always want to learn. Seeing the progress that these little kids make in just 10 weeks makes everything worthwhile! Fun Fact: My favorite fast food restaurant is Freddy’s. Nothing beats their burgers and fry sauce!”
Coach Nicole joined Soccer Shots in 2019.
Coach Kate joined the Soccer Shots team in August 2020.
Coach Ian joined the team in August 2020.
Ian graduated from Columbia College in 2014 with a B.A. in Business Administration and a focus on Sports Management. He received a Grade D Coaching License in 2011 through the Missouri Youth Soccer Association (MYSA).
From Ian: “I started playing soccer at the age of five on a community team and played there until I was 13. Unfortunately, my school didn’t have a soccer program so I didn’t play soccer for a few years, until the 2006 World Cup when I rediscovered my love for the game. Ever since then I’ve been playing pickup games, playing in amateur leagues, and tournaments, as well as a bit of coaching, refereeing, and organizing on the side. I’ve been working with children from an early age, starting out by helping my parents watch over kids on Sundays at our church’s daycare. In my senior year of high school I worked with a cadet teacher program and helped teach 6th grade P.E. From there, I have worked with young kids and teenagers through MYSA, Show Me State Soccer, and various leagues throughout mid-Missouri. My biggest experience with children though definitely comes from being a father. My son turned nine in May of 2020, and I firmly believe that he has allowed me to learn more about myself, children, and how to relate to kids in general. I would say my favorite thing about Soccer Shots so far is seeing the kids have fun. There’s something infectious about their smile and the way they react to doing a good job and receiving positive reinforcement.
A fun fact about me is that I have played guitar, sang, and been a frontman in five different bands since 2009.”
Coach Mia joined Soccer Shots in August 2020.
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