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.
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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 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!
Coach Mckhenzie grew up right down the road in Baytown before studying at the University of Houston. While there, she fostered her love for soccer, both as a member of the UH Women’s Soccer team, and as a volunteer coach for local clubs. Coach Mckhenzie’s current hobbies include eating Snap Kitchen, drinking Starbucks’ Venti Carmel Macchiatos, and spending as much time as possible with her dog Ranger. Coach Mickey also gets the award for the most nicknames; she has over 20!
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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.
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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.
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Before moving to Houston, Coach Renata grew up in Chicago and then studied at Tulane University in New Orleans. She started playing soccer when she was still Mini-aged, and played up through college, where she was captain of her team. She is incredibly joyful about enriching the lives of young children through the game of soccer. Coach Renata is Italian through and through: both her parents are Italian, she is completely fluent, and she even spent a year in Bologna, Italy working in the Education Department at an art museum!
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Coach Quinny was born and raised in Chicago before she moved to Keller, Texas. After receiving a Bachelor’s in Sports Medicine and Psychology from Rice University, she went on to earn an MS in Sports Management from UNT. Not only does she have over 17 years of soccer experience, she also trained with the Houston Dash! When she is not playing soccer, she loves to travel, play ping pong, and learn about penguins!
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 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 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 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.
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 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 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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 Elizabeth is a current University of Houston Downtown student preparing to be a teacher, and she is thrilled to be coaching again! She has a lifetime of soccer experience, and her memories from the sport drive her to bring the same joy she experienced to every child. She also knows what it means to be part of a team since she has comes from such a big family! When not playing or coaching soccer, she stays busy pursuing her other passions, music and painting, and she is currently mastering the ukulele!
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.
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 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 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 Quentin is incredibly passionate about athletics and sports! Currently studying kinesiology at the University of Houston, he ultimately plans to become a Physical Therapist or Athletic Trainer. Not only did he grow up playing soccer in Mckinney, Texas, he has also worked as a strength and conditioning coach with kids of all ages! When not on Soccer Island, Coach Quentin is working on perfecting his cooking skills and learning to speak Spanish.
Born and raised in the Friend-liest town in Texas (Friendswood), Coach Sarah is currently studying at San Jacinto Community College. She has been playing soccer for nearly fifteen years with clubs throughout the city, and earnestly desires to pass the love of the game to kids around the city! Coach Sarah also serves as a local Younglife Leader, and spends her free time catching up on Grey’s Anatomy and US Soccer with her friends.
Originally from Nigeria, Coach Chinedu moved to Houston to study at Rice University and earn a BA in Kinesiology. When not coaching, he works as an IT Systems Engineer, and ultimately plans to become a software developer. However, soccer is also near and dear to his heart, and he has been playing ever since being introduced to the game in 1st grade in South Africa! Coach Chinedu is the oldest of 5, and all of his siblings’ names have something in common. Can you spot the similarity?? Chidimma, Chidiebele, Chukwuebuka, and Catherine.
Coach Sebastian grew up in Colombia before moving to Houston, where he now studies at Houston Community College. He ultimately has aspirations to be a Sports Journalist and work for ESPN. He has been playing soccer all his life, and grew up in a family of excellent goalkeepers. In addition to his current Soccer Shots coaching experience, he has also served as a coach’s assistant and team captain at the collegiate level. Coach Sebastian’s dream is to travel to every major soccer stadium in the world, and he has already been to 14 different countries to watch professional soccer games!
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A Houston native, Coach Kayla recently graduated from East Texas Baptist University with a degree in Marketing. She has been playing soccer all her life, and, after playing all four years in college, she played for 2 years in Wales! Because of her world travels, she ultimately hopes to work overseas with youth. Not only is she a talented soccer player, Coach Kayla also is a stellar photographer, and has spent eight years perfecting her craft! Fun fact: she also knows Sign Language!
Born in New York as the youngest in a family of all girls, Coach Mike eventually made his way to the great state of Texas, where he studied Kinesiology at UTSA. His ultimate dream is to be a full time coach, and he loves helping others achieve their athletic goals, especially in regards to soccer. A self-proclaimed foodie, Coach Mike is specifically passionate about Jamaican food. He also collects only one of the following: coins, shoes, or stamps. Can you figure out which it is?
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Originally from California, Coach Kayla is currently a student at Texas Southern University, and ultimately plans to open a pharmaceutics regulatory business. She has been playing soccer since she was 5 years old, and is now a proud member of the women’s soccer team at TSU. Not only is she an excellent soccer player, she is also brings tons of coaching experience with her to Soccer Island! When not pursuing soccer, she is with her dog Lola, whom she rescued after Hurricane Harvey!
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