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.
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.
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!
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.
Coach Hazel was born here in New Orleans, Louisiana but was raised in Miami, Florida. She is a proud first-generation American with Cuban and Nicaraguan roots. Hazel is one of Soccer Shots NOLA’s two Operations Coordinators and loves making things run smoothly. She developed her logistical skills as the manager of a Miami logistics company and her love of children working at her hometown VBS. She was a member of the Young Leadership Council and got her introduction into sports programming through starting Parish Kick, a St. Bernard Kickball League. Coach Hazel participates in community events, from Jazz Fest to 504ward. She has two bull terriers, Jacques-Imo and Enzo, whom she loves very much. She can’t wait to get on the field and make a positive impact in your family and child’s life.
Coach Kevin majored in Movement & Sports Studies at Springfield College with a minor in Athletic Coaching. Growing up in West Hartford, CT, he played football through high school. Kevin first came to New Orleans on multiple rebuild trips after Hurricane Katrina. It was during this time that he decided to move her permanently. Before joining the Soccer Shots team, he was a Sports & Games Director for an overnight summer camp, a Program Coordinator for a national non-profit, and a Camp Director for a day camp. Kevin spends his free time playing a variety of sports as well as creating and listening to music.
Coach Leah was born and raised in Tallahassee, Florida and has currently made a home in New Orleans, Louisiana. She grew up playing softball, cross country, gymnastics, and dance. Some of her favorite childhood memories are going to Disney World, Universal and Wild Adventures with her family, swimming in her family pool, playing with her younger sister and going to her grandparents’ house for the holidays. Her dream is to one day live on the beach and counsel those in need. She is currently getting her BA at Leavell College, minoring in Missions and Counseling. If Leah was not studying counseling or coaching in New Orleans she would be a meteorologist because she has always loved watching and studying the weather since she was in elementary school. The craziest thing Leah has ever done was go parasailing with her sister and aunt. Coach Leah finds great joy in being a coach for children and having a positive impact in their life. Coaching with Soccer Shots allows you to have fun, be silly, positively impact children’s lives and give them confidence in themselves and in the sport.
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Coach Mike is a 22 year old born and raised in Long Island, New York. Mike has enjoyed playing soccer since he was just 3 years old and continues to play today. He played varsity soccer in high school and played on the club team while attending college. Mike finished his undergraduate degree in 2018 with a Bachelor Degree of Science in Zoology from the State University of New York at Oswego (SUNY Oswego). In addition to loving the work he does teaching the wonderful sport of soccer, Mike is also passionate about his job as a veterinary assistant. One of Michael’s greatest achievements was making it to the rank of Eagle Scout in Boy Scout troop 183. Through Boy Scouts, Mike has spent endless hours with kids younger than him and has much experience mentoring them. Mike has recently moved to New Orleans and loves having the opportunity to influence kids in a positive way through the sport of soccer.
Coach Chase grew up in the Lakeview area of New Orleans playing his three favorite sports: soccer, baseball, and ping-pong (he invites all ping-pong challenges). He graduated from Jesuit High School and then went to UNO where he graduated in 2014 with a B.A. degree specializing in filmmaking. He’s worked on commercial projects with locally-based production companies and feature-film projects for large-scale producers like National Lampoon. In addition to sharing his passion for the game of soccer with the youth of New Orleans through his coaching position with Soccer Shots, he continues to pursue his passion for production and screenwriting by preparing new weekly scripts for a local TV program called “Hello Health” which is sponsored by the Ochsner Health System.
Coach Kay,24, was born in Richmond, Virginia to military parents and mainly raised in Augusta, Ga. She started playing soccer at age 3 shortly after being moved to Germany. The culture of soccer there is what made her fall in love with the game. After moving back to the states several years later soccer along with basketball, dance, piano, violin, and softball all became activities she enjoyed. After high school, Kay came to Louisiana to attend Louisiana State University where she attained a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology for Pre-Physical Therapy. While finishing her degree she played an array of intramural sports and tutored young kids. Since graduating Kay has been residing here in New Orleans as a personal trainer with Ochsner and during her free time she volunteers at the VA medical hospital a few times a month. After being in the city for a couple years she decided she wanted to work with kids again and share with them the value of teamwork and self-confidence she experienced as a kid.
Coach Coale is from Brewton, Alabama. He is 23 and graduated from Troy University in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in history. Currently is pursuing a Master of Divinity degree at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in order to pursue a calling into Pastoral Ministry. He has always loved athletics and recreation and has worked as a cross country track team coach for middle school students, as well as a working as recreation director for LifeWay Christian Summer Camp. In addition to working with Soccer Shots, he is currently serving as the Youth Pastor at West Bank Baptist Church in Marrero, Louisiana. He moved to New Orleans in 2017 and instantly fell in love with the city and the people. Coach Coale loves being a soccer coach because he gets to invest in the lives of children and gets to meet the people of New Orleans.
Coach Matt is a senior at Tulane University. There, he is majoring in Marketing and minoring in Psychology. He is originally from Long Island, New York. Soccer has been his passion since he was old enough to kick a ball. In addition, Matt loves to work with children and help them to grow. He wants to help expose as many kids as possible to the game of soccer.
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