Soccer Shots Greater St. Louis is owned and operated by Jamie Cody and his wife, Nicole. Working together as “Team Cody,” they strive to deliver exceptional programs that children, families and school staff value and enjoy. As parents of three — Micah, Ava Grace and James — they understand and appreciate the needs, challenges and perspectives of families with young children.
Coach Jamie is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Soccer Shots. Soccer has been his passion since he started playing the game at the age of 5. He played competitive soccer through high school, and went on to play four years at the collegiate level at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. After graduating with a bachelor’s in biology, Coach Jamie continued to stay connected to the sport through coaching. He started coaching youth soccer in 2006, and currently holds the USSF-D coaching license. He is also a USSF-certified Missouri State referee and can generally be found somewhere on a soccer field at some point during the weekends in soccer season, either on the sidelines as a coach, or on the field as a referee.
Coach Jamie and Nicole opened Soccer Shots in April 2010, and then expanded the Team Cody family in 2013 to include North St. Louis County, as well as the Columbia/Jefferson City area in Mid Missouri. Then, in February 2018, Team Cody acquired the St. Louis County franchise and Soccer Shots Greater St. Louis was formed.
Originally from Bogotá, Colombia, Coach Oscar graduated from Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis, Missouri, with a Masters degree in Sports Management. Coach Oscar brings extensive experience and knowledge of the game to Soccer Shots, as he has played high level soccer since the age of 8. Not only is he currently a coach with the Olympic Development Program (ODP) and a Grad Coach at Missouri Baptist University, he has previously coached teams with J.B. Marine Soccer Club, Real STL Soccer Club, and Lou Fusz Soccer Club.
Coach Oscar joined Soccer Shots in 2015, and has been instrumental in impacting the lives of Soccer Shots players across the greater St. Charles county area.
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 an undergrad in Finance and an MBA in Management and Finance. He currently has three years of professional soccer experience; playing for the St. Louis Ambush since 2014. He is excited to impact kids in the Greater St. Charles area!
Beginning in his Grandmother’s backyard, Coach Jonathan started playing soccer at a young age. He joined the Eastway Middle School team at 13 years old and went straight to the varsity team where they won the regional championship 2 years in a row. Soccer continued to be Coach Jonathan’s priority in high school. He joined the Matthews USA club team, which went on to win several championships. Jonathan was named MVP of various tournaments. He continued on to play soccer at Southwestern Assemblies of God University for 5 years. His team played in the NCCAA Nationals in his first year; they won the regional championship. Coach Jonathan was captain of his team 3 of the 4 years he played. He was Rookie of the Year, Champion of Character, and Heart of a Lion. Coach Jonathan has also worked for FC Dallas Youth Clubs. He obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Sports Management. Post-college, he continued training as a player for Tony Glavin’s PDL team “The Lions.” “I want to help the next generation of kids enjoy the beautiful game of soccer; I want them to fall in love with it.” Coach Jonathan also works as Club Director at Ambassadors Football Club STL. If he doesn’t answer to Coach, you can call him by his nickname “Colocho,” which means curls!
Axel is originally from Caracas, Venezuela. He began playing for professional soccer club Caracas F.C. (the youth academy) at the age of 14. Axel came to the US when he was 17 to continue his soccer career and education at Lindenwood University. He made 64 game appearances in 4 years and was named captain his junior and senior years. In 2014, Axel graduated from Lindenwood with an undergraduate degree in Marketing.
Since finishing his degree, he has played soccer at the professional level in Sweden, Venezuela and the United States, including the St. Louis Ambush. He has also spent a lot of time coaching in the St. Louis area, mostly for the St. Louis Scott Gallagher Soccer Club.
Coach Jerjer (JJ) came to United States in 2007 from Liberia. JJ started playing soccer at the age of 14 and began coaching in 2010. JJ signed his first professional contract in 2013 after two years at Wilmington University in Delaware. JJ moved to St. Louis in 2017 to play with the St. Louis Ambush. JJ is very passionate about coaching and the development of all players as he himself knows the important of player development after starting at a late age.
Coach Katarina (call her Kat!) has played soccer since she was four years old. She started out in recreational leagues, then began playing club soccer with Gallagher at age seven.
She then went on to play collegiately for Lindenwood University. She graduated in May 2017 with a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice. Coach Kat is 23 years old and has four siblings; two older brothers and two younger sisters! She is also married and has a St. Bernard puppy named Gunner who she adores. Kat is excited to be your coach!
Coach Brynne grew up in Naperville, Illinois and moved to Missouri three years ago. She played soccer competitively growing up and now plays in recreational leagues. Coach Brynne has an educational background in Psychology and recently returned to school to continue studying Human Development. She is passionate about using her love of soccer to help children grow and learn new skills!
Coach Ben is originally from England where he fostered a passion for soccer as a young child. Ben came to the USA as an 18 year old to earn an undergrad in Physical Education at Lindenwood University. He continues playing recreational soccer through the form of pick up, indoor & outdoor. Aside from Soccer Shots, Ben enjoys coaching club soccer and high school soccer in the St. Louis area. Ben currently holds the USSF-D license and is looking to continue his education through the form of a graduate degree & further coaches’ education courses in the near future.
Coach Brittany was born in Davenport, Iowa and moved to Genoa, Illinois when she was 11. She’s started playing soccer when she was 3 for Dad’s club and continued to play throughout middle school and high school. Coach Brittany received a soccer scholarship and played all 4 years of collegiate soccer for the Iowa Wesleyan Tigers where she earned her B.S. in Psychology and Business. She has coached soccer throughout high school and college. Coach Brittany moved to St. Charles, MO in May of 2013. She’s is excited to be apart of the of the Soccer Shots team!
Coach Kelly is from the St. Louis area, graduating from Althoff Catholic High in Belleville, IL and then went on to play collegiate soccer at the University of Southern Mississippi. She graduated in December with a Bachelor’s in Liberal Studies, and is playing her fifth year at The Citadel in South Carolina this fall. When she’s not coaching for Soccer Shots, she also coaches for Goalkeeping Academy 77 and is a member of the WPSL National Championship Fire&Ice team here in the St. Louis area.
Coach Kelli has been with Soccer Shots since September 2017 and currently coaches evening classes at Laurel Park.
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