Meet The Coaches

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

Alex Gallego

Alex Gallego


Alex has a vast amount of coaching and playing experience along with positive energy and lots of passion for the sport of soccer. His love for the game developed at an early age in his hometown of Medellin, Colombia, as a young player he played at high school and college levels. He also started developing his coaching skills early in his life as he coached his first team at age 16. Since then Alex has coached many young players, elevating and accelerating the development of many young athletes.

Alex strongly believes soccer offers children the opportunity to develop their self-esteem while participating in a discipline that requires them to stretch their physical and psychological selves. The game also allows them to work on their social and team-working skills that will become invaluable as these young athletes grow and mature. Fun however, must remain part of the game and Alex strives at every single soccer session to make sure that his athletes learn the sport while enjoying it.

Alex is an active member of the NSCAA and USSF. He currently resides in Levittown, NY with his wife Marcela and his daughter Tatiana.

Marcela Zuluaga

Marcela Zuluaga


As Director, Marcela manages our growth and organizational planning for the region.

Born and raised in Colombia, Marcela grew up surrounded by soccer. Athletics taught her that discipline, dedication and patience are essential to reach one’s goals, lessons she hopes to instill in each and every one of her players.

Her vision is to provide a program that not only teaches soccer and physical fitness, but also helps lay a foundation of success in all areas of a child’s life.

Nancy Thorne

Nancy Thorne

Director of Operations

Nancy serves as our main parent contact and oversees our day-to-day operations to ensure a positive Soccer Shots experience for our families.

Nancy has 10 years of teaching experience in nursery, preschool, and camp settings. Her passion for teaching young children is evident when she coaches any session. Nancy loves being a part of the Soccer Shots Team and serving youth everyday.

Nancy grew up playing soccer on Long Island from a young age and throughout high school on the varsity team.

Nancy holds a psychology degree from Molloy College.

Jose Rivera

Jose Rivera

Program Coordinator

Jose serves as one of our leading coaches providing a long-lasting positive impact on hundreds of children each week season after season.

Jose joined the Soccer Shots team in the Summer 2017 season. As a father of two children, Jose understands the positive and significant role sports play in childhood.

“Soccer brings me so much joy — it’s unexplainable. I love working with kids of all ages. I love that I can teach kids about the sport I love most and show them how much fun it is to play.”

Jose’s deep passion for soccer connects to his late father. He accredits his father for his knowledge and love for soccer. As his father was a mentor in soccer and life for him, Jose wishes to be the same for the children he coaches.

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