A native Houstonian, Alex graduated from The Kinkaid School and went on to earn a B.S. in Business at Trinity University in San Antonio. During his junior year, he helped lead the Tigers men’s soccer team to a National Championship and would earn First Team All-American honors his senior year. Coach Alex then moved to Dallas to play a season in Major League Soccer for FC Dallas, and spent the next three seasons with the Charlotte Eagles of the United Soccer League Second Division. Coach Alex is passionate about coaching kids of all ages and is excited for the opportunity to serve and give back to the youth of his city.
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.
Director of Coaching
A native of Houston, Coach Cat has played soccer from a young age, for the Albion Hurricanes, Spring Woods High School, and later for Barry University in Miami, where she earned her degree in elementary education and mathematics. After school, Cat joined the Peace Corps and traveled to Gambia, in West Africa, serving as a teacher and mentor to children in the village where she was placed. During her time there, she also worked as a soccer coach, organizing the very first team, along with a tournament, for young girls in the area. Cat speaks the tribal language Wolof, and when she is not kicking a ball, she loves art, riding her scooter, and hanging out at the beach.
Coach James has spent most of his life playing soccer – from middle school all the way to college at Maranatha Baptist University. After graduating from MBU in May 2012 with his degree in Theology, Coach James moved to Houston to work as a high school principal and pursue his Masters degree in Divinity, which he graduated with in May 2017. He and his wife of 4 years, Angela, have two labs, Pixie and Remi. In his free time, Coach James loves golf, hiking, and archery.
Coach Julia, a Louisiana native from Kentwood and recent Houstonian, played soccer all through her school years. She is a recent graduate from the University of Mississippi and is currently taking online nursing classes as she works towards acceptance into medical school and becoming a pediatrician. She loves exercising, extreme couponing, biking, reading, and gaming. Her favorite Houston restaurant is Fat Bao – yum!
Coach Josh grew up in Niceville, Florida with his twin, two other brothers and sister! His father served in the military, so they traveled a lot and lived in 10 different states! One of the most amazing places Coach Josh has visited is the Grand Canyon. He recently graduated Cum Laude from Tulane University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Architecture. Coach Josh grew up playing soccer, and has experience coaching soccer to middle school children! He most enjoys activities that help him stay in shape, including coaching soccer on our team and being an instructor at Bayou City CrossFit! Coach Josh has successfully completed three half-marathons, and is currently training for a full!
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Melissa is originally from Angleton, TX, south of Houston, but moved to the big city after high school. She comes to us with many years of experience working with young children at a local preschool, in both teaching and administrative roles. Melissa has played soccer since she was three years old, for club teams in Angleton and Lake Jackson, along with her high school varsity squad. She is working towards a degree in applied behavioral science, and is quite familiar with Soccer Shots, as her son has kicked around with us for a number of seasons. Melissa is a Japanese culture enthusiast, a fan of sushi, Miyazaki movies, and manga, and loves to listen to music or garden whenever she can.
Coach Miguel grew up here in Houston with his sister and trusty dog. After playing for local Division I club teams, and for his high school, Miguel played four years at McMurry University in Abilene, where he studied exercise science. Upon graduation, he took a marketing internship in Leeds, England and is currently finishing up a Master of Sports Business from Leeds Beckett University. Miguel has experience with young kids and coaching through his time with the Boys and Girls Club as a gym instructor. He is bilingual in English and Spanish, enjoys hanging out with friends and family, and you can always find him at the gym.
Coach Enrique grew up in Santa Cruz, Bolivia for most of his youth, and gained many years of experience helping his mom run her own daycare. He found his passion for soccer early on, and was the goalkeeper for the youth Bolivian national team. After moving to Texas, he played on the Lamar Consolidated high school varsity squad and with the Eclipse Soccer Club. Enrique is currently studying Sports Administration at the University of Houston, and is excited to grow with the Soccer Shots Team. He is well versed as a youth soccer coach working for multiple clubs and camps in the area. Enrique enjoys taking his dogs to the dog park, hitting the trails, and staying in tune with the latest sports news.
Coach Brennan recently moved to Houston from Lafayette, Louisiana, where he grew up with his six siblings and four pets. He is currently studying business at Lone Star College, and hopes to pursue a career in sports marketing after graduating. Before coming to Texas, Brennan played many years for local club teams and his high school, and coached at several soccer camps for young kids. Besides his passion for the sport, he loves a good video game, and spending time with his family whenever he can.
Coach Tracy grew up with her older brother here in Houston, but moved to New Jersey in high school, and earned her bachelor’s in communication and dance education from Rowan University. She started playing soccer for Quail Valley at the age of four, and later joined First Colony Eclipse and her high school teams, serving as captain on the varsity squad her senior year. A shoulder injury sidelined her in college, though it opened the door for coaching opportunities with young kids at the club level. Along with soccer, Tracy has a passion for dance. She trained with the Radio City Rockettes in New York and has taught children for over ten years, keeping active in the trade. When she is not in the studio or on the pitch, Tracy loves to swim, and she enjoys time at the park with her pup.
Coach Ashley grew up with her sister in Keller, just north of Fort Worth, and has played soccer from age nine into college. She earned her degree from Lamar University, where she studied political science and criminal justice. Ashley is in the process of earning her teacher certification, as she would like to teach elementary and intermediate students. She has many years of experience as a coach for local youth teams, a mentor, babysitter, tutor, and a recreational soccer referee. When she is not studying, Ashley enjoys traveling, running, or going cycling with her new puppy.
Coach Jolee made her way to Houston from Rydal, Georgia where she grew up with three dogs and an age defying cat, now 16 years old. Jolee balances her time off Soccer Shots Island pursuing a degree in communication and honing her class management skills as a pre-k teacher. She has a passion for the game and loves to play recreationally with friends and her new finance Coach Kike, also a Soccer Shots instructor. In her spare time, Jolee can be found enjoying the outdoors while hiking, biking, or working on her downward dog.
A native Texan, Ariel grew up in Katy with an older sister and younger brother. She began playing soccer at the tender age of four with a dream of one day playing in college. Proof that dreams do come true, Ariel is a student athlete at the University of St. Thomas where she studies business administration and plays right defender for the Celts. Ariel loves giving back to the community as well as coaching children of all ages. When not on the field or in the classroom, you can find Ariel perfecting her tumbling skills, prepping for the upcoming season in a cross fit gym or “carbing up” as she feeds her pasta addiction.
Coach Luis calls Houston home, growing up in the Bayou City, as the only son in a household of girls. One might say he is a natural coach as he had lots of practice chasing after his sisters and showing them the right way to play the beautiful game. Luis brings an excellent soccer background to the job having played for the Houston Lions, Texas Rush, Dynamo Academy, and Chavez High School. He now plays for HCC’s club team and is pursuing a degree in finance. When Coach Luis is not dreaming up new skills on the field, he can be found strumming the strings of his bass guitar.
Coach Christy is an H-town native who loves tacos and spending time with her two Chihuahuas, Chiquita and Snickers. Her love for soccer started early as she began participating in club soccer at the age of 6. She was selected to represent her high school varsity squad all four years and eventually became the team’s captain. Christy is now attending Houston Baptist University and working on a degree in Kinesiology. When she’s not hitting the books or out on the pitch, you can likely find her washing down some Tex-Mex with an ice-cold glass of Dr. Pepper.
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 also speaks fluent Spanish and English, as well as plays several musical instruments.
Coach Bryan’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 Natalia grew up in Bogota, Colombia with her parents and two sisters – one of which is her twin. 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 for the Houston Aces Women’s Team. She has coached at Texas United and Westbury Soccer Clubs, and has received her “E” coaching license. Coach Natalia’s favorite color is orange, and she loves to watch movies and eat Chipotle.
Coach Fundisha comes to us from Seattle, Washington by way of Howard University. She recently transferred to the University of Houston and is studying Early Childhood Development. She loves working with children and hopes to start her own non-profit organization someday. Coach Fundisha started playing soccer at age 4 and continued through high school. She enjoys spending time with her family, listening to music, and exploring Houston. She is also fluent in Amharic.
Coach Tatiana is also from Bogota, Colombia – just like her twin sister Coach Natalia! She has an extensive background with soccer, starting with her full ride to Austin Penn State University in Tennessee, where she graduated as their all-time leading scorer. Coach Tatiana is a member of the Colombian National Team and participated in the 2012 and 2016 Olympic games. She also plays for the Houston Aces Women’s Team. Her coaching experience includes the Westbury Soccer Club, and Texas United Futbol Club. She plans to pursue her graduate degree in Sports Management and loves to relax by watching movies and chowing down on sushi.
Coach Adrianne, a Houston native, began playing soccer at a very young age. She spent nine years playing with Eclipse and Challenge (D1 clubs), four years on her varsity soccer team, one year with St. Gregory’s University. She also played for three years with Concordia University, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology! She has also coached at the high school level, and has her USSF National E license. When she isn’t playing soccer or coaching, Coach Adrianne loves kayaking, rock climbing, and carb-loading with Italian food. Her favorite movie is The Goonies!
Coach Jonathan is originally from Colombia, but is now proud to call Houston his home. As a child he trained with the Millonarios youth soccer team before playing for his high school varsity team at Westside High School. Coach Jonathan also plays with the Houston Community College soccer league as he pursues his associate’s degree in Dental Hygiene. His coaching experience includes volunteering for Braeburn Elementary School. In his spare time, Coach Jonathan loves to play the drums and watch movies.
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Coach Eli was born right here in Houston and has called it home ever since. He played soccer for several different club teams as a child – a hobby he still pursues today, playing for indoor soccer leagues and joining pick-up games as often as possible. When Coach Eli isn’t playing soccer or coaching, he loves to go camping with his wife and spend time with their four dogs. He also enjoys painting and playing the guitar, even giving beginner music lessons from time to time. His favorite television show is The Simpsons.
Coach Juan spent his childhood in El Salvador, where he grew up playing soccer with various different club teams. Once his family moved to Manvel, Texas, he joined the MHS varsity soccer team. After high school, Coach Juan received his associate’s degree in Kinesiology from San Jacinto College and is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. He plans to continue coaching full-time and loves teaching children about soccer – especially his little brother. Coach Juan’s favorite movie is Toy Story and his favorite athlete is Lionel Messi.
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 married his wife Kasia and started a family. He now enjoys spending his free time playing “clean house” with his 3 year old son Aiden.
Coach Marlyn is originally from Los Angeles and has made her way to Houston via San Antonio to play soccer for the lady Tigers of TSU. As a recent graduate, she is now pursuing her MBA while training with the Houston Dash. Marlyn enjoys a little spice not only in her life, but also in her food and considers herself a buffalo wings aficionado.
Coach Ana grew up in Houston with her large family of two brothers and four sisters. She is currently attending Texas A&M where she is finishing up her Bachelor’s degree in sports management with a minor in business. Her love for soccer began at the early age of seven years old, and has only gotten stronger with playing throughout her high school and college years. Ana has been babysitting and volunteering with kids for the past several years, and hopes to gain even more experience with children through Soccer Shots! Along with soccer, she loves playing volleyball and listening to music. If you see Ana off the field, you can bet she has a big smile on her face!
Coach Carly was born and raised right here in Houston, with her two sisters and sweet cat. She started playing soccer when she was five years old, and has always had a great passion for the game. Carly graduated from Cypress Springs High School, and plans on attending college to pursue a degree in Education. Carly has helped coach her nephews in soccer, alongside being a player herself! She loves cooking and Raising Cane’s. She is a big fan of the Women’s USA National Team! Outside of playing soccer and coaching, Carly plays other sports, like basketball and volleyball.
Coach Autumn is currently studying to become an elementary P.E. teacher at Houston Baptist University! She grew up in Austin, TX, with two older sisters, one brother and a cat! It was in Austin where Coach Autumn first learned to play soccer. Her love for the sport blossomed into a coaching position for several different programs throughout the city! Now that she lives in Houston, she continues to play for her university team, and loves to watch her favorite team, the U.S. Women’s National Team! When Coach Autumn is not coaching, playing or watching soccer, she is probably enjoying some Sour Punch Straws, hanging out with her cat or just walking around on her hands!
Coach Gaby grew up in our favorite city, Houston, Texas, with her parents, three brothers and her three dogs! She has played soccer for the past 6 years, and is excited to share her knowledge and love of the sport with all our soccer players! When she is not playing or coaching soccer, she enjoys reading, listening to music and prepping for nursing school! The most amazing place Coach Gaby has visited is the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, located just outside of Berlin, Germany. What an amazing experience that must have been! Coach Gaby speaks both Spanish and English, and has been studying Chinese for 3 years! Her hope is to become a fluent Chinese speaker in the future.
Coach Michael grew up in here in Houston, Texas, and is currently pursuing a degree in Political Science at the University of Houston! He plans to continue his education into law school to study family law! Coach Michael started playing soccer when he was just 5 years old, and continues to play club for the University of Houston! He has coaching experience with children from Kindergarten to middle school, and speaks both Spanish and English! If you wake up early enough, you can find Coach Michael at the gym. He starts working out at 4:00am!
Coach Sergio grew up with his two sisters here in Houston, TX! He played soccer for his high school team, and after he helped his team win the state championship, he became their team captain his senior year! On top of his busy soccer schedule, he still managed to graduate Suma Cum Laude! When Coach Sergio is not coaching soccer, he is playing soccer, playing FIFA or watching soccer, including his favorite team, Real Madrid. He really loves the sport as much as we do! With his Mexican heritage, Coach Sergio is fluent in Spanish and loves to eat Mexican food. Having grown up in Texas, it’s no surprise to learn that his favorite fast food restaurant, though, is Whataburger!
Coach Herman is originally from Honduras, where he grew up with his younger brother and family dog named Toby! He started playing soccer at just three years old, and his love of the sport has only grown stronger since he started. He continued to play all through college while obtaining his bachelor’s degree in communications. Coach Herman hopes to become a sports journalist, and have the opportunity to meet some of the athletes he admires most, like LeBron James! Coach Herman is most excited to share his love of soccer to all our players, and teach them about teamwork. When he’s not coaching, he enjoys hiking, camping and playing other sports. Not only is Coach Herman fluent in Spanish and English, he speaks Italian as well!
Coach Mckhenzie grew up in Baytown with her younger sister and their dog, Ranger! She is currently studying to become a nurse at the University of Houston, where she also plays on their women’s soccer team! Go Coogs! Coach Mckhenzie also comes with a lot of coaching experience, having helped with soccer camps at her university and volunteered for local clubs! When she is not playing or coaching soccer, Coach Mckhenzie also enjoys playing rugby, going hiking and fishing or just hanging around with her dog. Her favorite food is anything barbecue, but loves to snack on Cheez-Its and sugar cookies. One interesting fact about Coach Mckhenzie is that she is Native American!
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 can also play the piano!
Coach Roberto grew up in Mexico with his two younger sisters! He recently graduated from Spring Woods High School, where he played varsity soccer all four years. While at 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 Berny grew up right here in Houston, Texas with his two older sisters. He is currently in college, working towards earning a business degree. Coach Berny started playing soccer at a very young age, and has not stopped loving the sport ever since. When he is not playing or coaching soccer, which takes up most of his time, he is watching games on TV. His favorite team is Barcelona FC, and admires Lionel Messi the most. Like most Texans, Coach Berny’s favorite place to eat is Whataburger! He also loves to play the guitar, and is currently learning how to play the accordion.
Coach Tiffani grew up in Sugar Land, Texas with her two older sisters and three dogs! She starts playing soccer at 3 years old and played through college, where she obtained her bachelor’s degree from University of Houston. Coach Tiffani plans to pursue a career in coaching youth soccer, and joins the Soccer Shots team after having coached both high school and middle school soccer! While her family owns a steakhouse in Sugar Land, she most enjoys eating Italian food and taking trips to Chipotle. Coach Tiffani can also run fast, like a cheetah, and used to hold the record in track for her 200-meter sprint!
Coach Marco grew up here in Houston, Texas with one younger brother, and started playing soccer when he was 5 years old. He still has fun playing in pick up games with friends, and enjoys watching his favorite team, FC Barcelona. He also spends time playing with the Houston Baptist University recreational team, and used to coach for younger recreational leagues. Outside of soccer, Coach Marco’s favorite hobbies are working out and collecting comic books! Coach Marco spent 7 years learning Italian, and even had lunch with the Italian Ambassador!
Coach Jessy grew up in Lebanon with her younger brother and sister. She has been playing soccer for as long as she can remember, and would play outside until the sun went down! Her family still lives in Lebanon, while Coach Jessy is here studying Sports Administration at the University of Houston. She hopes to eventually start a marketing career with an NFL team. In her spare time, Coach Jessy loves to lift weights and hopes to participate in body building competitions in the future! She gets her inspiration from athletes like J.J. Watt and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson! Along with her fluency in English, Coach Jessy also speaks French and Arabic!
Coach Maggie grew up in Michigan with her older brother, their cat, Jordan, and dog, Apollo! She started playing soccer on a youth team when she was 5 years old! Starting soccer so young had a huge impact on her life, and she believes it is important to develop teamwork at such a young age, get outside to exercise and have fun while learning! Coach Maggie continued to play on the varsity team in high school, and played club through college. Along with her playing experience, Coach Maggie has trained 5-13 year old soccer players for a youth program in Michigan! She has a Master’s Degree in Psychology and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Social Psychology at University of Houston! Upon completion of her degree, she hopes to begin teaching in UH Department of Psychology.
Coach Amanda grew up in Houston with her younger twin siblings and five dogs! She kicked off her soccer career when she was two and a half years old, and never stopped playing in school, club and intramurals! She recently graduated from Dallas Baptist University where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Camp and Sports Leadership, with a minor in business! During college, Coach Amanda also led classes at Triumph Sports Camp, and has experience coaching cheerleaders at Houston Elite Cheer! Along with her love for both soccer and coaching children, Coach Amanda enjoys camping, hiking and playing other sports. She also loves to travel, and has been to 16 different countries! The most amazing place she has visited so far is Ireland!
Coach Caroline grew up in Naperville, IL with her two younger brothers, Robert and David, and a cat named Simon. Coach Caroline has played soccer since Kindergarten, and went on to win a state championship in high school. She is currently studying mechanical engineering at Rice University and is also the team captain of the Rice Women’s Club Soccer Team. Coach Caroline has plenty of coaching experience as she has coached kids aged 1-9 years old for two years in her native city of Chicago. Aside from soccer, Coach Caroline loves to rock climb, ski, and enjoys going out to eat with her friends. Interesting fact about Coach Caroline – as a child she appeared twice on the Late Show with David Letterman as a kid scientist!
Coach Oscar grew up here in Houston, TX, with his two younger siblings and their Boxer, Oreo! Coach Oscar grew up playing soccer in school and club teams, and coached for Albion Hurricanes. He is most excited about joining our team to help spread the passion for soccer to children at an early age. He is currently studying criminal justice, and dreams of joining the FBI as a special agent! Coach Oscar is fluent in both English and Spanish, and enjoys practicing his French Horn and discovering new music. When Coach Oscar is not coaching soccer players, he likes to help his father run his ranch!
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Coach Eli grew up in Hempstead, TX with his older sister, younger brother and pit-bull puppy named Thor! He recently moved to Houston to attend Houston Baptist University, where he is studying to become a doctor. He loves to help people, and looks forward to a future of positively impacting people’s lives! Coach Eli has been playing soccer for more than 10 years, most recently in a club team at HBU. He has coached soccer to elementary students, and even helped coach a high school team to the playoffs! He is fluent in both English and Spanish, and loves to watch his favorite team from Mexico, Club America! His favorite movie is Cars, and enjoys snacking on healthy options like oranges and other fruit! While coaching soccer is his favorite activity, Coach Eli also enjoys writing songs and playing the drums!
Coach in Training
Coach “Jelly” grew up in Houston with her 3-legged dog named Astro, and spends her days playing soccer and drinking banana smoothies. After she finishes college, she plans to become a science teacher and full time soccer coach. When she’s not preparing the next generation of Soccer All-Stars, she stays busy on her butterfly farm and garden.
Coach in Training
Hailing from Houston, Coach Rachael is a current communications major at the University of St. Thomas, with aspirations to work in sports public relations and marketing. She has quite the soccer resume already, as a current member of the St. Thomas Women’s Soccer Team, and a former coach for the Houston Dynamo Youth Program. She’s been playing soccer since she was of Soccer Shots age, and wants to inspire her All-Stars to love the game as much as she does. She’s truly one of a kind, unless you count her twin brother!
Coach in Training
Coach MaKayla grew up in San Antonio with her mother, sister, and English bulldog. She received a Bachelors of Science in Health Studies at Texas Southern University, where she also played on the women’s soccer team. She is currently working on a Masters of Science, with aspirations to be a PE teacher and soccer coach. When asked what her biggest New Year’s resolution was, she emphatically promised to travel to somewhere new and amazing!
Coach in Training
Coach Josiah joins Soccer Shots Houston all the way from sunny Florida, where he attended the University of South Florida in Tampa and spent as much time as possible enjoying the beach. He is currently pursuing a degree in Petroleum Engineering at the University of Houston. Besides his many years of experience playing soccer, he also played college football. But that’s not all! He is also incredibly musical, and has been playing guitar and piano for over 18 years!
Coach in Training
Coach Eduardo was born and raised in southwest Texas with his two sisters and younger brother. He is currently studying at the University of Houston in order to pursue a career in athletic training. Coach Eduardo played soccer growing up, and spent some time playing at the semi-pro level with the Regals SCA. When not honing his coaching skills on Soccer Island in order to help shape future athletes, he continues to develop his passion for anything related to tasty food and unique watches.
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