Connie Chan Zhang
Coach Connie was born in Panama and moved to Jamaica shortly after at a very young age. With the many changes happening in her life, soccer has been the one constant growing up. She has also been involved in many types of sports but has always fallen back on soccer as her safety net. Being physically active at such a young age has allowed her to recognize the importance of movement for character development and creating skills that are transferable outside of soccer. Connie holds a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Toronto. Connie has gained her coaching experience from being an instructor for Camp U of T for 2 consecutive summers, and subsequently as a Personal Trainer for 3 years, working with various age groups and levels of physical fitness. She strongly believes that through her professional experience, she will be able to bring joy and character development to the lives of children in the Markham and Richmond Hill communities through Soccer Shots and all the fun that comes with it!
Coach David has been part of the soccer community from a very young age. He is very passionate about the sport and started his soccer career at the age of 5. He has been the captain and leading goal scorer in the GTA whilst playing for the Richmond Hill Raiders Soccer Club. Upon the end of his season with Richmond Hill, he was scouted by the Carlos Rivas Soccer Academy, travelling worldwide and playing soccer abroad. He has been a soccer coach since the age of 15 and continues to be a helpful role model and coach for all the children in the Greater Toronto Area. He spends a majority of his coaching schedule interacting and bonding with his soccer students, providing them a very enjoyable and positive atmosphere. He is always ready to spend quality coaching hours with his students and pursue them to reach their ultimate potential. David is currently a post secondary student at the University of Toronto, hoping to further educate himself as he is completing a Physiology and Chemistry double major program. David is happy to be a part of Soccer Shots, and is always ready to help the younger generation build character and skills, all while having fun!
Coach Alex was born and raised in Markham, Ontario. She plays ringette, hockey, soccer, and was a long distance runner. She has been playing ringette at the provincial ‘A’ level for 14 years with the Markham Bears Ringette Association and played rep soccer with the Markham Soccer Club for 9 years. Alex has been coaching ringette for 5 years and had coached for the City of Markham as an instructor for the Learn to Skate programs for 3 years. She has coached various age groups and levels of play; from teaching 3-5 year old’s the fundamentals of skating to 13 year old’s playing on a provincial ‘A’ ringette team. Alexandra is happy to share her love of coaching and sport as part of the Soccer Shots team!
Coach Ginia started playing soccer at the age of 5 for the Unionville-Milliken Soccer Club. Her passion for the sport led her to grow up with the club spending 10 years of her soccer career playing on Unionville. She continued her career with the Glen Shields Futbol Club securing the Ontario Cup and Central Soccer League Cup with the club. Ginia has had a lifelong passion for educating young minds and promoting physical activity. She is currently studying to become a high-school teacher under the Concurrent Education program at Brock University, majoring in Mathematics with a second teachable in English. Ginia is excited to bring forth her passions to the Soccer Shots team and to coach youth in the beautiful game of soccer!
Jonathan Espirito Santo
Born and raised in the GTA, Jonathan played hockey, soccer, baseball and football. After spending most of his life in Vaughan he has recently moved to the Markham community. Jonathan has undergraduate degrees in Law and Human Resource Management. As well, he has a Masters degree in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management. He is enrolled to begin his bachelor of Education this September with the goal of becoming an elementary school teacher.
Jonathan decided to make a switch in his career path, and he plans to bring his passion of working with youth to Soccer Shots. He has always wanted to work in enriching the lives of children and Soccer Shots is a great avenue for him to do this!
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