With a passion to help others, Coach Mario has found it extremely rewarding to work with children. With 4 years of experience working for LAUSD as a sports coach, recess program leader, fitness club leader and a TA in the classroom, he understands the importance of physical activity for students. Coach Mario is First Aid and CPR Certified; he also has studied Early Childhood Education.
Prior to joining the Soccer Shots Team, Coach Sheila was a nanny to two families, until she was ready for a family of her own. Now she is a mother to a daughter who is also participating in Soccer Shots!
Sheila loves Soccer Shots because she gets the opportunity to witness the emotional highs and lows of learning something new and the personal growth that occurs for each child.
Favorite movie as a child? Hook
Coach Kyle loves Soccer Shots because of the combination of its focus on skill and character development, philosophy, and love for the game.
Favorite movie as a child? Toy Story
Other fun facts? Kyle speaks French and has been to the World Cup.
In addition to Soccer Shots, Coach Alexander is passionate about Fashion and Graphic Design. In his free time, he likes to make clothes!
Favorite childhood memory playing sports? Almost winning the State Cup.
Favorite places to eat? Italian, Mexican, or ramen.
In addition to Soccer Shots Ana works as a Playground Supervisor/Trainer for Youth Services/LAUSD. She coaches children for tournaments in different sports, assists with homework, and encourages healthy eating and exercising.
Favorite fruits and vegetables? Bananas, mangoes, watermelon, spinach, kale, carrots, and edamame.
Relevant degrees or training? BA in Liberal Studies; currently working on a Child Development certification.
What does Coach Andy love most about Soccer Shots? The energy level that’s created and shared!
Favorite Fruits and Vegetables? Watermelon and Cauliflower
Fun Facts? Coach Andy plays ice hockey. In his free time, he enjoys a good game of golf.
What did you do before Soccer Shots? I played Collegiate soccer and got an Athletic Training degree.
What do you like to do in your free time? Go thrift shopping or hiking!
Favorite movie as a child/now? Brother Bear when I was a child, and Black Panther now.
Coach Ben was previously an athletics coach for an after school program and is excited to blend his skills and experience with the positive environment at Soccer Shots!
Favorite Fruits and Vegetables? Banana and Lettuce
Favorite movie as a child? Lion King
What do you love about Soccer Shots? The enthusiasm and positivity!
Favorite childhood memory playing sports? Playing at the Community Center with other children.
Any other fun facts about you? Degree in Education, lived in Japan for 4 years, and love to draw!
Coach Cat loves Soccer Shots because we get to be as silly as possible every day, with amazing, fabulous children!
Relevant degrees or training? Certified child yoga instructor, Social and emotional arts instructor through UCLA Arts and Healing, CPR/First Aid certified. Cat has also worked with City Year Los Angeles in an elementary school in Watts, and as a camp counselor at Brave Trails, Camp Galileo, and Camp Aranu’tiq.
Other fun facts? Coach Cat never wears matching socks (ever).
In addition to Soccer Shots, where Dana enjoys the positive impact on children’s lives, Coach Dana studies photography and attends Film School.
Favorite childhood memory playing sports? Coach Dana traveled to Australia to play soccer.
Other fun facts? Coach Dana likes to snowboard and hike!
Coach Deymian was a Behavioral Therapist before joining Soccer Shots, focusing on age-appropriate character development for children.
Favorite childhood memory playing sports? Playing soccer on the beach in Brazil!
Favorite Movie? Hercules!
Coach Drew loves Soccer Shots because he sincerely loves working with children, and watching their minds work when attempting to learn new skills. It brings him joy when a child’s face lights up after he or she has learned something new, and was able to successfully complete it.
In addition to Soccer Shots Coach Drew works for a talent agency called The Gersh Agency, where he is working to become an agent.
Favorite movie as a child? The Sandlot
What did you do before Soccer Shots? Played professional soccer.
Coach Erik loves Soccer Shots because he can have a positive impact on children’s lives while teaching them how fun soccer is.
Favorite movie as a child? Lion King
What did/do you do before/in addition to Soccer Shots? Coach soccer & swimming.
Any fun facts about you? Nope. I’m boring! Just kidding! I love martial arts, crystals, & nature. I have an E license for coaching.
Favorite places to eat? My kitchen. I like to cook!
In addition to Soccer Shots, Coach Isabel works at a Writing Lab in Mar Vista.
Favorite childhood memory playing sports? Scoring a header!
Favorite movie from your childhood? Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
What do you love about Soccer Shots? I love how we can make a positive impact on children through sports.
Favorite fruits and vegetables? Fruits: Watermelon, apples, grapes. Vegetables: potatoes, carrots.
What do you like to do in your free time? I like going out with friends, grabbing a bite to eat, and watching movies!
What do you love about Soccer Shots? It is organized, friendly and fun!
Favorite childhood memory playing sports? Scoring a goal from outside the 18 yd box.
Favorite places to eat? Tacos and taco trucks. I also just like strawberries and grilled onions.
What did/do you do before/in addition to Soccer Shots? Work as a scientist
Any fun facts?
Apple and broccoli are my favorite fruits and vegetables, and I play badminton for fun.
Favorite childhood memory playing sports? Scoring the winning goal in middle school!
Prior to joining the Soccer Shots Team, Coach Jordy was attending school and studying Psychology at CSUN.
What do you like to do in your free time? Hike and go to the beach.
Favorite childhood memory playing sports? Scoring a goal at the age of 7!
Prior to joining the Soccer Shots Team, Coach Julie earned her Bachelor’s degree at Long Beach State. Julie is also the proud mother of two children. She enjoys playing with them in her free time.
Julie loves Soccer Shots because the coaching, communication, and curriculum are filled with positivity!
Favorite fruits and vegetables? Kiwi and carrots
Coach Karthik loves Soccer Shots because he gets to have fun and play soccer!
Most memorable moment playing sports as a child? Making the school team in India.
Favorite fruits and vegetables? Jalapeños, pineapple, spinach, and kiwi.
What do you love about Soccer Shots? Interacting with young children through soccer.
Relevant degrees or training? Community service at local elementary schools. Won a championship with AYSO!
Any other fun facts about you? Huge sports fan– I follow LA teams and top European soccer teams. I love watching sports and working out in my free time.
What did you do before Soccer Shots? Coach Melissa played soccer in college, where she obtained a BA and a minor in sociology. Melissa has experience coaching soccer and experience in education as a teacher’s aid for second grade students.
Coach Melissa loves Soccer Shots because she can pursue her passion of providing soccer coaching to children.
Favorite foods, fruits and vegetables? Coach Melissa loves mangos, bell peppers, raspberries and strawberries. As a foodie, you can usually find her at her favorite taco stands!
What do you love about Soccer Shots? That it is interactive and teaching children soccer. (The greatest sport on earth)
Favorite childhood memory playing sports? Playing cricket with a golf ball in grandparent’s backyard and getting hit on the head!
Any other fun facts about you? I am British and I call soccer “football”.
Coach Thomas loves Soccer Shots because he enjoys that the Soccer Shots curriculum places an emphasis on character development and skill building.
Favorite Fruits and Vegetables? Bananas and Carrots
Favorite movie as a child? Mighty Ducks 2.
If you have a passion for positively impacting children through youth sports, we’d love to talk to you.