About Us

As the premier Children’s Soccer Experience, our mission is clear – we aim to positively impact children’s lives.

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Steve Dregits, Owner/Director
Born and raised in Mishawaka, soccer has been a continuous life journey for Steve. After playing soccer at Bethel College, Steve went on to coach at Penn High School as an assistant girls’ coach and later as the head boys’ coach. In 2005, he joined the staff at Bethel College to serve as the assistant women’s coach, which led to him taking over the reigns as head coach in 2010. Along with coaching high school and college soccer, Steve has spent several years coaching local club teams and ODP.

Steve spent 10 years in an elementary gymnasium teaching Phys. Ed. Now he is using his past teaching experience and his passion for soccer to bring Soccer Shots to South Bend and the surrounding communities. Steve lives in Osceola with his amazing wife, Erica, and their precious little girl, Harper.


Kiyoko Buckles, Assistant Director
Kiyoko is from Kalamazoo, Michigan but currently resides in Elkhart. Growing up, she was always involved with sports and started playing soccer at a young age. Her best memories throughout her childhood were playing sports and the experiences and friendships that came along with it.

Kiyoko spent six years working in the banking industry before joining the Soccer Shots staff.  She loves spending time with her husband, Andrew, and their dog, Ellie. Other hobbies include cooking, hiking, puzzles, and reading a good book.Kiyoko is excited about the great opportunities available through Soccer Shots and being able to see the positive impact it brings to children and the community.

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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

  1. Every Soccer Shots coach must complete our comprehensive training program to receive certification.
  2. All Soccer Shots coaches are trained in the use of developmentally appropriate techniques.
  3. Coaches are routinely evaluated and undergo ongoing training.
  4. 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

  1. You will receive a weekly summary of what your child is learning at Soccer Shots.
  2. We proactively communicate cancellations due to weather or other circumstances.
  3. Our staff understands the importance of timely, responsive communication.

Expert-approved curriculum that aligns with early childhood education standards

  1. Our developmentally appropriate curriculum places an emphasis on character development and skill building.
  2. Our program is created under the guidance of childhood education specialists, professional soccer players and experienced and licensed soccer coaches.
  3. 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.