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 Partner Services
Coach Brandon is a New Orleans native with a rich history in soccer. 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 has been coaching children with Soccer Shots since 2017. As Director of Partner Services, Brandon helps build and maintain relationships with our many school and park partners in New Orleans. He loves his job and can’t wait to help get your child more active, more confident and scoring 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 Coale is from Brewton, Alabama. He is 25 and graduated from Troy University in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in history. Coach Coale is currently 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 invest in the future generation of leaders in the greater New Orleans area.
Coach Harry is from Birmingham, England and has been playing soccer since he was 4 years old. He has been in the United States since 2010. He played college soccer at Cumberland University in Tennessee and holds the school record for most goals scored. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sport management. He then moved on to do his master’s degree while coaching at St Catharine College just outside of Louisville, Kentucky. He then moved to Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Kentucky to be an assistant coach. He moved to New Orleans after marrying his wife Maddie who is a New Orleans native in March 2015. They have a dog named Drogon who they love very much!
He is our recruiting coordinator and handles hiring the coaches while also working for the coaching support staff to help assist and develop our coaches here at Soccer Shots New Orleans. He can’t wait to make an impact around the community of New Orleans by helping as many children develop their soccer skills and their character!
She is a graduate of Tulane University, where she obtained her degree in economics (numbers are her jam!) She was a US Park Ranger for two seasons before returning to New Orleans to work at Soccer Shots as our Operations Coordinator. When she’s not doing Soccer Shots things, she’s working on one of the political campaigns she’s helping out on or thinking about her next Fantasy Football move! Coach Amelia also has two foster pups named Lula Mae and Tugboat.
Coach Ashley grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she grew up playing soccer starting at the age of five. She played competitive soccer and was a part of the Olympic Development Program. She went on to play soccer in college in Dallas, Texas where she pursued her degree in Church Ministries. In 2011, she moved to New Orleans where she became a leader at a church where she teaches kids weekly. Being able to be a positive influence in kids life is something she is very passionate about.
Coach Jan is a native of Louisiana and has been active in multiple sports since childhood, Jan competed in Martial Arts for many years where she obtained two National Championships in Shotokan Karate. She has also graduated with degrees in both Business and Visual Communications. She spent 23 years as a licensed Private Investigator traveling all over the United States working civil and criminal cases for law enforcement and large corporations. Jan has also been a beekeeper and farmer for over a decade just recently finishing a permaculture certification. She also uses her knowledge to teach children and adults about honeybees and self-sustaining lifestyles.
Coach Jacob is from New Orleans currently living in Lacombe, LA. He is a Senior at Southeastern Louisiana University, studying for a BS in Kinesiology. He has played soccer since he was 5 years old until he graduated High School. He has been with Soccer Shots since May 2019, and has enjoyed the journey ever since.
Coach Wyman is a New Orleans, Louisiana native. He grew up playing soccer at Plantation Athletic Club on the Westbank. After studying at Oral Roberts University, Coach Wyman moved back to Louisiana to the Northshore. Coach Wyman has 10 years experience working with kids as a children’s and youth pastor. He has also coached basketball at Pelican Park in Mandeville, LA. Coach Wyman loves not only teaching soccer skills, but teaching your kids character values.
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