Meet The Coaches

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

Andy B.

Andy B.

Lead Brand Ambassador/Lead Coach

Originally from Manizales, Colombia, Andres “Andy” Baena has lived in California since the tender age of three. He remembers watching his father play soccer and it was then that his passion for the sport was born. Great friendships, discipline, and the meaning of hard work on and off the field are all lessons soccer has taught him. He truly enjoys helping children start their soccer experience in a fun, positive, and healthy environment. Andy now plays soccer for fun and is happy to be a part of the Soccer Shots team.

Jorge. P

Jorge. P

Lead Brand Ambassador/Lead Coach

Jorge comes to Soccer Shots with several years of experience working with children. He worked previously for LA’s Best after-school program, and has completed a degree in Early Childhood Education.

Now that he is coaching with Soccer Shots not only does he remember ways that he was taught soccer, but he can relate to many of the kids since he also started at the same age. Soccer is a huge part of his life! Jorge loves the sport; it has taught him a great amount of respect, honesty, sportsmanship, and commitment. Traits that are always fun to learn while playing the game you love. He looks forward to meeting all the Soccer Shots parents and players on the field and having amazing seasons with everyone!

Geo G.

Geo G.

Brand Ambassador/Trainer

Coach Geo loves Soccer Shots because he really enjoys teaching young children the beautiful game of soccer!  Coach Geo has earned Early Childhood Education credits, and has previous experience as a behavior therapist.
Most memorable moment playing sports as a child? Scoring three goals on his birthday in his soccer game.
Favorite fruits and vegetables? Watermelon, pineapple, and carrots.
Live, Love and Travel! Coach Geo wants to visit as many countries as possible!

Andrew M.

Andrew M.

Brand Ambassador/Lead Coach

Coach Andrew loves Soccer Shots because it gives kids a chance to learn to love a sport played all over the world in a fun an encouraging environment.

In addition to Soccer Shots, Andrew volunteers at his church in the Children’s Ministry department working with children from 1st grade all the way to 6th grade.

Favorite movie as a child? Aladdin

Kyle K.

Kyle K.

Brand Ambassador/Lead Coach

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.

Mario T.

Mario T.

Brand Ambassador/Lead Coach

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.

Sheila

Sheila

Brand Ambassador/Lead Coach

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 patiently awaiting her own Soccer Shots debut.

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

Justin P.

Justin P.

Lead Coach

Before working for Soccer Shots Coach Justin worked at Disneyland as a Skipper on the Jungle Cruise.

Most memorable moment playing sports as a child? Playing for his dad as his coach.

Other fun facts? At age 14 he had a black belt, and he reads a new book once a week.

Ana B.

Ana B.

Coach

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.

Andy B.

Andy B.

Coach

What does Coach Andy love most about Soccer Shots?  I love 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.

Ben B.

Ben B.

Coach

What does Coach Ben  love the most about Soccer Shots?  I’m a true fan of the positive learning environment.

Favorite childhood memory playing sports?  I remember hitting the fence when playing baseball!

What does Coach Ben do in his free time?  When he’s not teaching, Coach Ben enjoys playing guitar.

Cat E.

Cat E.

Coach

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).

Dana W.

Dana W.

Coach

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!

Darien P.

Darien P.

Coach

Coach Darien loves Soccer Shots because it’s not just about soccer, it’s about developing the children.  Darien attended UCSB and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Education at UCLA.

Favorite childhood memory?   Coach Darien remembers running through the tunnel after the game!

Favorite childhood movie?   Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!

Diego U.

Diego U.

Coach

Prior to working with Soccer Shots, Coach Diego was a Big Brother with Big Brothers Big Sisters in Northern New Jersey. He currently attends CSUN full time, working on a degree in Marketing.

Favorite movie(s) as a child? E.T and Jurassic Park

Favorite childhood memory playing sports?
My favorite memory playing sports would have to be playing soccer with my older brother in our backyard; I would always be the goalie.

Drew G.

Drew G.

Coach

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

Erik P.

Erik P.

Coach

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

Karthik S.

Karthik S.

Coach

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.

Kevin G.

Kevin G.

Coach

Coach Kevin loves Soccer Shots because of the strong bonds that are formed while playing soccer.

What relevant degrees or training do you currently have?  I’m currently obtaining my teaching credential.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself?  I speak two languages (English and Armenian)

Melissa P.

Melissa P.

Coach

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!

Thomas M.

Thomas M.

Coach

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.

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