Meet The Coaches

We are proud to have the best coaches in youth soccer.

Coach Wade

Coach Wade

Executive Director

After graduating from the College of William and Mary, Wade spent 12 years playing professional soccer for clubs including the San Jose Earthquakes, AGF Aarhus in the Danish SuperLiga, Norway’s Fredrikstad Football Club and our very own Houston Dynamo. Wade captained the Dynamo to back to back MLS Cup Championships in 2006 and 2007 and has also represented the Men’s National team on the pitch. After his playing career, Wade spent 7 years coaching for the Dynamo, most recently as the Head Coach. As a true fan of the game and the city of Houston, he has joined the Soccer Shots team to share his passion with the youth of our city. He loves to go on adventures with his wife Haley and their twins, Jack and Logan. Wade is one of the healthiest people you will meet, a vegan, and a talented ultra-marathon runner.

Coach Juan

Coach Juan

Director of Coaching

Coach Juan spent his childhood in El Salvador, where he grew up playing soccer with various different club teams in the area! Once his family moved to Manvel, Texas, he joined the MHS varsity soccer team. Coach Juan received his bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology at the University of Houston and is now pursuing his MBA at Houston Baptist University. He plans to continue coaching full-time and loves teaching children about soccer. Coach Juan’s favorite movie is Toy Story and his favorite athlete is Lionel Messi.

Coach Sarah

Coach Sarah

Program Coordinator

Coach Sarah made her way to Houston from Pennsylvania where she grew up with her sister, younger brother, and their dog Scarlett! She began her soccer career early playing for numerous select teams up through her high school days, and eventually as a Viking for Grand View University. Coach Sarah has previous years of coaching experience around her community and thoroughly enjoys making sure that all of her All-Stars have fun while learning the beautiful game! Coach Sarah enjoys reading, music, and has traveling to Africa on the top of her bucket list!

Coach Natalia

Coach Natalia

Coach Natalia grew up in Bogota, Colombia with her parents and two sisters – one of which is her twin, Coach Tatiana! She played soccer for Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN, where she studied general business and marketing. Her playing experience also includes the 2012 London Olympic games, and she currently plays semi-professionally for the the Houston Aces. She has coached at Texas United and Westbury Soccer Clubs, and has received her “E” coaching license. Coach Natalia’s favorite color is Soccer Shots orange, and she loves to watch movies and eat Chipotle!

Coach Carly

Coach Carly

Coach Carly was born and raised right here in Houston, with her two sisters and favorite cat! She started playing soccer when she was five years old, and has only grown to love the game more as she moved through various clubs in the area. Carly graduated from Cypress Springs High School, and plans on attending college to pursue a degree in Education. In her spare time, Coach Carly loves spending time cooking, playing various sports, or grabbing her favorite fast food, Raising Canes!

Coach Rodrigo

Coach Rodrigo

Coach Rodrigo grew up in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, with a family full of brothers. He is currently studying Sports Management at the University of Houston, and has spent the past three years working as a coach. Rodrigo loves sharing his passion of soccer with kids, but when he’s off the field, you can find him exercising and eating at his favorite restaurant, Hop Doddy. Coach Rodrigo is fluent in both Spanish and English, and also enjoys playing a variety of musical instruments!

Coach Austin

Coach Austin

Coach Austin’s passion for soccer started early, playing for NC Classic Soccer Club in his hometown of Cary, NC. Austin went on to represent the Liberty University Flames in his college career. After graduating with a degree in religion, he earned his USSF National E License and USSF Referee Certifications.  He also assisted and coached at the high school level, as well as for a private club in North Carolina for 8 & 9 year olds! He now enjoys spending his time helping at home, improving his work, helping at his church, or watching his own 5-year old Soccer Shots All-Star go through the program!

Coach Jesus

Coach Jesus

Coach Jesus grew up in Queens, New York with his two dogs, Tobi and Jacob! Soccer has always been a part of his life, and he is most looking forward to spreading the love for the sport and having a positive impact on the Soccer Shots community. Coach Jesus also enjoys eating pizza and watching his favorite show, The Walking Dead. He most admires Leonel Messi, and his favorite soccer team is Barcelona. He speaks both Spanish and English, and enjoys spending his free time playing the piano!

Coach Roberto

Coach Roberto

Coach Roberto grew up in Mexico with his two younger sisters! He graduated from high school right here in Houston, where he played varsity soccer all four years. While in school, he also spent time coaching soccer for elementary children. Coach Roberto is most looking forward to continuing his passion for coaching soccer, and having a positive impact on children’s lives by developing their confidence on the field! When Coach Roberto is not coaching, he also enjoys swimming, going fishing and taking trips to his favorite Houston restaurant, Lupe Tortilla!

Coach Angelica

Coach Angelica

Coach “Jelly” grew up in Houston with her 3-legged dog, Astro, and spends her days playing soccer and drinking her favorite banana smoothies! After she finishes college, she plans to combine her love for education and soccer, and pursue a career as a science teacher and full time soccer coach. Next time you’re on Soccer Island, ask her about her butterfly farm and garden!

Coach Josiah

Coach Josiah

Coach Josiah joins Soccer Shots Houston all the way from Florida, where he attended the University of South Florida in Tampa and spent as much time as possible enjoying the beach! Now, as a University of Houston cougar, he is currently pursuing a degree in Petroleum Engineering. Besides his many years of experience playing soccer, Coach Josiah also has a musical side and has been playing guitar and piano for over 18 years!

Coach Rex

Coach Rex

Coach Rex, originally from Kansas, kicked off his love for the game while playing for his local club team for the majority of his childhood, and then on to play four years at the collegiate level! After his personal career, he earned his USSF Class C Coaching License, as well as his USYS National Youth License. Coach Rex is passionate about providing the youth of Houston with the experience and joy that the game has brought him over the years! In his free time you can find Coach Rex hanging out with his family, hiking, or working on his basketball game!

Coach Jaylon

Coach Jaylon

Coach Jaylon joins the Soccer Shots Houston team all the way from Denver, Colorado! She’s currently attending Texas Southern University, where she’s focusing her studies on Biology. Coach Jaylon has an extensive soccer background: training with the Colorado Rapids developmental team, as well as the Colorado Real! One day, Coach Jaylon hopes to visit Brazil and witness her favorite squad – the Brazilian National Team – win a home game!

Coach Melissa E.

Coach Melissa E.

Coach Melissa grew up just south of Houston in Manvel, TX with her older brother and sister! She began playing soccer at the early age of 7 for the local youth soccer club, and eventually played for the varsity team at Manvel High School. Coach Melissa has earned a Bachelors of Science in  Kinesiology at the University of Houston, and hopes to one day attend medical school for Physical Therapy! You can usually find Coach Melissa exploring the outdoors, playing soccer, or lifting weights!

Coach Josue

Coach Josue

An avid Barcelona FC fan, Coach Josue is passionate about every aspect of the game! Originally from Mexico, Coach Josue and his four siblings made their way to the Houston area where he played for local club team Space City Futbol Club, and then on for the South Houston High School Trojans! After high school, he attended the University of Houston and graduated with his Bachelors degree in Kinesiology. Coach Josue has plans to one day become a Physical Education teacher, and can be found studying for his teacher certification at his favorite restaurant, Chipotle!

Coach Scotty

Coach Scotty

Coach Scotty made his way to Houston from Nebraska where he grew up with his sister and younger brother! He kicked off his love of the game in middle school, through high school and then onto 4 years of collegiate soccer between Northeastern Junior College and Doane University.  Coach Scotty is passionate about the game and has most recently spread his knowledge as a coach for Omaha Northwest High School! In his free time, you can find Coach Scotty exploring the outdoors, playing soccer, or cycling!

Coach Diandra

Coach Diandra

Coach Diandra grew up in Houston with her parents, older brother, and the cutest dog, Sugar! She played soccer for the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, where she studied Kinesiology and Recreational Management. After graduating, she went on to play professionally in Israel, which led her to later play for the Puerto Rican National Team! She has coached for the McAllen Youth Soccer Association and later for the Real Madrid Camps held here in Houston. In her spare time, Coach Diandra loves to express her creative side by doing arts and crafts or getting together with friends for a game of sand volleyball!

Coach Erin

Coach Erin

Originally from New York, Coach Erin has spent a majority of her life honing her soccer skills on various club teams under the leadership of her dad! She’s eager to inspire the youth of our community and hopes to spread the same joy that soccer has given to her over the years. Coach Erin is a huge Tottenham Hotspurs fan, and loves snacking on Chick-Fil-A or Peanut Butter M&M’s! When not on the soccer field, you can find Coach Erin training a local high school women’s lacrosse team or painting with her daughter!

Coach Brayan

Coach Brayan

Coach Brayan’s hometown is Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, where he grew up with his three sisters and two dogs. His soccer experience includes playing with the Lamar High School varsity team and participating in the Academia Tigres Houston Club. His favorite movies are the Star Wars films and he absolutely loves Mediterranean food. He is currently attending the University of Houston and plans to pursue coaching.

Coach Alicia

Coach Alicia

Coach Alicia has always called Houston, Texas home along with her sister and 3 brothers. She started playing soccer at the young age of 7 and eventually scored a position on the Jarvis Christian collegiate team. Alicia earned a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology but plans to continue her studies to earn a Masters in Athletic Training. During her spare time, Alicia enjoys fishing, going on a long bike ride or taking a spontaneous road trip!

Coach Denyse

Coach Denyse

Coach Denyse grew up in Mexico with her sister and two brothers then moved to Texas at a young age. She attended Jersey Village High school where she held a leadership role as the varsity team captain and continued her soccer career in her first collegiate years at Lone Star College. Denyse is currently enrolled at Houston Community College studying Film Production and Editing.  Her dream is to be a film director or producer! When she is not on the field, you can find Denyse exploring her creative side by drawing or painting!

Coach Luis

Coach Luis

Coach Luis was born and raised in Mexico City but moved to Texas after high school with his family. He is currently attending Lone Star College to continue his studies in business and hopes to find a career path that ties into soccer. Luis has many years of experience playing in Mexico for the youth America and Chivas Futbol Club, which has influenced him to share his passion with the younger generation of players. During his spare time, he enjoys watching the latest soccer matches, joining a pick-up game or playing some Fifa!

Coach David

Coach David

Coach David is a local Houstonian attending the University of St. Thomas to pursue a bachelor’s in communication. He cultivated a love of soccer starting at the age of 6, playing for local club teams, school teams, then for a season of 3rd division soccer abroad in Taiwan. David is now playing with a competitive Houston adult league. He has worked with Houston Independent School District as an academic tutor and coached one of the youth soccer teams for 3 years. When Coach David is off the field, he enjoys playing the accordion, watching the latest soccer match or working on his FIFA skills to take the 1st place prize at the Microsoft FIFA tournament!

Coach Daniel

Coach Daniel

Coach Daniel grew up in Sao Paulo, Brazil with his parents then moved to the Houston area with his wife as a young adult. As a professional video gamer, he earned a Bachelor’s of Public Relations in Brazil, but has since found a new path and plans to start his Master’s degree soon! From a very early age, Daniel’s life has revolved around soccer by playing with friends and watching every soccer match, especially his favorite team A.S. Roma. When he’s off the field, you can find him playing video games, hiking with friends, or practicing his fluency in 1 of 4 languages!

Coach Ryan

Coach Ryan

A native Houstonian, Coach Ryan is passionate about providing a beloved growth experience to every child through sports! After graduating from Kempner High School, he continued his studies in History at the University of Houston to pursue his dream of becoming a US History teacher! Ryan is an avid sports fan, especially the Houston Dynamo, and has even coached a few seasons of men’s softball. When he’s not on the field, you can find him playing golf, catching a movie with his wife, or writing a few more pages of his first book!

Coach Sebastian

Coach Sebastian

Coach Sebastian grew up in Colombia with his parents then moved to the Houston area with his wife to pursue a career in childhood education. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in education at the North American University where he plays soccer for the club team. During his spare time, he enjoys playing soccer, spending time with his family and traveling to a new place around the world. He hopes to one day visit Japan!

Coach Noah

Coach Noah

Coach Noah is a local Houstonian attending the University of Houston – Downtown to pursue a bachelor’s in Social Work. He cultivated a love of soccer a little later in his youth, but got the opportunity to play for his High school and a local club in Manvel, Texas. His first role as a coach was coaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at his father’s gym. During his spare time, he enjoys creating art or playing soccer. After graduation he hopes to one day impact the Houston community through Social Work!

Coach Santiago

Coach Santiago

Coach Santiago grew up in Argentina with his parents then moved to the Houston area as a young adult. He earned a Bachelor’s in Industrial Engineering and an MBA from the University of Houston.  From a very early age, Santiago’s life has revolved around soccer and even got the opportunity to play for a semi-professional team in Spain. During his spare time, he enjoys playing sports, hanging out with friends, and traveling the world!

Coach Oscar

Coach Oscar

Coach Oscar has recently moved to Houston from the Pikeville, Kentucky where he graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Pikeville. He is originally from El Salvador, where he fell in love with the game of soccer and eventually got the opportunity to play four years of collegiate soccer. He even got to play for El Salvador’s U-17 national team as well as semi-professional team before moving to Kentucky. During his spare time, he enjoys playing his guitar!

Coach Camilo

Coach Camilo

Coach Camilo grew up in Colombia with his parents then moved to the Houston area as a young adult. He earned a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas in Austin. After graduating, he coached for Soccer Shots Austin for two years before moving back to Houston. He played soccer from a young age and continues to play recreationally. During his spare time, he enjoys doing carpentry and doing stand-up comedy!

Coach David

Coach David

Coach David  made his way to Houston all the way from  New Jersey where he grew up with his sister! His passion for soccer started at the age of three and later played four years of high school ball while also playing in multiple soccer clubs in the Houston area. Coach David is currently at Houston Community College but looks forward to transferring to the University of Houston to pursue his degree in Computer Information Systems. In his free time, you can find Coach David fishing, playing soccer or working out!

Coach Taylor

Coach Taylor

Coach Taylor is originally from Katy, Texas where she grew up with her parents and older brother. She began playing soccer when she was five years old, and has only grown to love the game more as she played with Texas Premier Soccer Club and her high school team! Taylor earned her Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from Texas State University and plans to become an elementary teacher. In her spare time, Coach Taylor loves spending time with her puppy, reading, singing karaoke, and spending a lot of time with her family!

 

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