Zachary P. Hamilton, Owner & Director of Development
Coach Zach graduated from Belhaven University in Jackson, MS. He has a long history with sports. While growing up, his dad was a gym teacher at a private school in Florida. He spent every summer and every day after school in the gym or on the field playing. This leads him to have a healthy active lifestyle as an adult. He believes that having a positive first impression with sports can make a huge difference in a child’s life. Zach’s mission is to provide that for every child in Soccer Shots New Orleans.
Dixie Lee Hamilton, Owner
Coach Dixie has been involved with Soccer Shots since my undergraduate days at Belhaven University. Working with young children is always a pleasure, but her favorite part is getting the chance to impact their lives positively. She played soccer growing up and enjoys coaching the children and helping develop their skills and character as young people.
Joe Kennedy, Director of Operations
Joe is a Scottish native, who learned to play soccer (aka football in Scotland!) at the same time he learned to walk. He believes that learning soccer can be a valuable pathway in teaching children the importance of teamwork and making healthy life choices. Joe continues to play in 2 soccer teams in the New Orleans area and still enjoys to this day the benefits of the game learned long ago. It is his goal with Soccer Shots to pass those lifelong benefits on to the next generation. Joe graduated university in Scotland and moved to the New Orleans area 2 years ago to be by his son who is 4 years old. Joe is delighted to see the positive impact that soccer is having on his son’s life and the wider community. Coach Joe has his United States Soccer Coach F License.
Stephen Goetz, Team Coordinator
Coach Stephen was born in Colorado, raised in California, lived in Florida, had a brief stint in Texas and has made a home in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is a huge baseball fan and grew up playing on the sandlots and the city little leagues. He also tried to play basketball, football, and tennis. Some of his favorite childhood memories were growing up on the farm, going to grandpa’s house for history lessons and looking at the stars through the telescope. He studied history at Reedley College in California and took a short break from education and joined the honorable United States Air Force. After a four-year enlistment, he then pursued his dream in education in Theology and Youth Ministry. He has recently completed a Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Education and minoring in History and Youth Ministry at Leavell Bible College. If Stephen was not a youth pastor or coaching in New Orleans, he would probably either be a paleontologist because he loves dinosaurs or be a missionary in Uganda. His hero is his father, who has shown him how to be a leader, a teacher, and how to be missionary driven no matter what the cost. If he had one week anywhere around the world, it would be going back to Israel to study their rich history. The craziest thing that Stephen ever did beside marrying the woman of his dreams, was when he completed Basic Military Training with top honors and was awarded “Warrior Flight”. Coach Stephen finds great joy in being a coach and enjoys personal impressionable impact on each child’s life in a positive way. Getting down to their level and seeing the world through their eyes is a beautiful thing. Coaching with Soccer Shots allows you to be silly, fun and give children confidence in themselves and in the game. Coach Stephen has his United States Soccer Coach F License.
Sarah Jane Lowery, Operations Coordinator
Born and raised in Jackson, MS, Coach Sarah started playing soccer at a young age. Though it might have been because the local soccer complex was down the street from where she lived, Sarah Jane and her siblings lived the soccer lifestyle of Saturday games for many years. When she stopped soccer for other less athletic efforts in middle school, the lessons of confidence, cooperation, and responsibility stuck with her. While in college at Ole Miss, Sarah Jane was the site manager for a tutoring program for 1st and 2nd graders. This community involvement sparked a passion for enrichment programs for children. After graduating with degrees in English and Psychology, Sarah Jane turned her efforts towards marketing and business development at Jackson Academy. However, a move to New Orleans in 2014 allowed SJ to return to working with children. After a summer working for Holy Cross’s Summer Camp, she once again moved back into the business sector. With two years of business experience under her belt, Sarah Jane has finally returned back to her passionate roots of working with children. She is excited to teach the same lessons that she learned years ago playing soccer to kids every day! She knows the deep impact that youth sports can have on a child’s life and can’t wait to share her passion with the New Orleans community!
Brandon Guichard, Partner Services Coordinator
Coach Brandon is a New Orleans native with a rich history in both soccer and education. He began playing soccer at age 9 and was selected in high school as the Player of the Year for his district (2008) while attending St. Martin’s Episcopal High School. Coach Brandon went on to play two years of college soccer at Millsaps College where he graduated with a B.A. in Philosophy. Since graduating Brandon has gone on to live in Mexico where he started an economic development program aimed at raising the income of rural seamstresses, has worked in mobile technology and in New Orleans’ service industry. Brandon loves to use his experience from the multiples industries in which he has worked to help youth get more active, more confident and score more goals.
Edgar Avila Jr., Coaching Coordinator
Coach Edgar is from Metairie, Louisiana. He graduated from the University of New Orleans with a B.A. in History. Edgar has worked the last five years in Recreation and Intramural Sports, before finding his passion to work with children after coaching soccer at Archbishop Rummel High School. He was also involved in many organizations as an undergraduate and was President of Theta Xi Fraternity. Edgar currently serves as president of his fraternity’s alumni chapter and as an advisor for Theta Xi at UNO. His Soccer journey began at the age of five, playing for multiple clubs around the New Orleans area, in high school playing varsity soccer for Archbishop Rummel, and then finally club soccer at the University of New Orleans. Edgar also has a passion for martial arts and is a 2nd-degree black belt in Taekwon-do, as well as coaches the University of New Orleans Taekwon-do Club. Having a sister that is seventeen years older than him, Edgar basically grew up as an only child. Soccer was an incredible way to make new friends and gave him his first passion in life. Edgar strives to replicate the positive impact his youth coaches left on him, to local children via Soccer Shots.
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The “Three C's” – Coaching, Communication and Curriculum
The foundation of Soccer Shots is our relentless commitment to providing best-in-class coaching, communication and curriculum.
The best coaches in the business
- Every Soccer Shots coach must complete our comprehensive training program to receive certification.
- All Soccer Shots coaches are trained in the use of developmentally appropriate techniques.
- Coaches are routinely evaluated and undergo ongoing training.
- Our coach selection process evaluates not only the ability to coach soccer, but also the ability to engage and inspire children.
An exceptional customer experience with ongoing communication
- You will receive a weekly summary of what your child is learning at Soccer Shots.
- We proactively communicate cancellations due to weather or other circumstances.
- Our staff understands the importance of timely, responsive communication.
Expert-approved curriculum that aligns with early childhood education standards
- Our developmentally appropriate curriculum places an emphasis on character development and skill building.
- Our program is created under the guidance of childhood education specialists, professional soccer players and experienced and licensed soccer coaches.
- We constantly re-evaluate and update our curriculum to stay current with childhood education standards.
The History of Soccer Shots
Our founding partners, Jeremy Sorzano and Jason Webb, were soccer teammates both in college and professionally. They formed Soccer Shots® in 1998 after recognizing a lack of quality soccer programs for children under age 8. They shared an entrepreneurial spirit, a deep love of soccer, and a passion to inspire children to live fit and healthy lives.
The success of Soccer Shots in Charlotte, NC and Harrisburg, PA, where Sorzano and Webb first launched their businesses, led to several of their friends and former teammates wanting to get involved. In 2005, Soccer Shots began franchising and opened its first four franchises in OH, DE, FL, and PA. The business opportunity began to attract more soccer entrepreneurs, and Soccer Shots has enjoyed growing around the country and into Canada.
In May of 2009, Justin Bredeman, another former college soccer teammate, became the third Soccer Shots partner. Justin brought with him eight years of experience from Auntie Anne’s, Inc., a pretzel franchising company, where he led a team that supported nearly 800 franchise units. His deep understanding of the franchise business model also comes from the knowledge gained from his five years of owning and running a Soccer Shots business of his own.
In August of 2009, the Soccer Shots partners founded the Soccer Shots Foundation, the non-profit arm of Soccer Shots. The Soccer Shots Foundation provides opportunities to economically challenged children within the U.S. and around the world through the game of soccer.
From its humble beginnings, Soccer Shots has grown beyond Jeremy and Jason’s biggest dreams, with over 180 territories across 37 states and Canada. In 2016, more than 335,000 children participated in Soccer Shots.
The business is consistently recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine as the #1 Children’s Fitness Franchise in the U.S. And today, Soccer Shots is positioned as the best-in-class children’s soccer program with a focus on character development.
And while the accolades are appreciated, our mission remains focused – positively impacting children’s lives.
Soccer Shots Franchising, LLC is based in central Pennsylvania, just east of Harrisburg.
Stronger Youth. Beyond the Game.
We believe that soccer is a powerful vehicle for positively impacting youth. Through our partnership with the U.S. Soccer Foundation, we aim to impact children who live in underserved communities throughout the U.S. through quality soccer programs that support their physical and personal development.