Chris Janush, Regional Director
Chris grew up with soccer [his father was the 1991 National High School Soccer Coach of the Year] and has continued to stay involved with the beautiful game as a player, coach, parent, and Arsenal FC fan. In addition to coaching soccer, Chris has also coached baseball, basketball and flag football for boys and girls at various ages. Chris brings extensive business and sports experience to his role as Regional Director, having worked locally for the University of Maryland, Terrapin Sports Marketing, and The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille. He holds a Master’s degree in Sport Management from the University of Connecticut. Chris has lived in Laurel, MD since 2000 and is the father of four. His children have played soccer locally for SAC, Thunder, and Laurel soccer clubs, in addition to Reservoir High School and the University of Maryland women’s club team.
Email: [email protected]
Rachel Fortes, Admin Program Coordinator
Rachel is a Towson University graduate who has been coaching with Soccer Shots since 2017. Inside the cones of Soccer Shot Island, Rachel is excited for the chance to share her love of soccer and to teach the children to love it as well by making them laugh, have fun and show them it is okay to be themselves. Rachel hails from Silver Spring, MD and still lives there now. She played travel soccer for Olney Boys & Girls Club travel when she was younger and at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney, MD. Outside of Soccer Shot Island, Rachel loves hanging with her family and her dog, Milo.
Email: [email protected]
Joshua Yoda, Director of Coaching
Hi there! My name is Joshua Yoda and I am the Director of Coaching here at Soccer Shots. I love to not only coach, but help train our coaches and support them as well. My goal is to help provide a beloved growth experience for every child and a remarkable experience for every family. I love to have fun when I coach. I will try my very best to bring passion, energy, and silliness to Soccer Island. I am also open to push and challenge your child from time to time if allowed. I have come to develop a championship heart and mindset from playing 3 years of college football for Liberty University. In those years, I helped my team win 3 Big South Conference championships with 3 magnificent diamond rings to cherish for as long as I live. Fun fact about me, I love to work. I weigh 198 lbs with a squat and deadlift number of 475 lbs. I love my family and people with all that I am. I can’t wait to meet you and your child on Soccer Island.
Email: [email protected]
Camilo Beltran, Executive Director
Camilo is a former Maryland regional and state champion soccer player from Bethesda Chevy Chase High School. Camilo also grew up playing for the Bethesda Soccer Club where he won multiple championships and accolades. Camilo attended University of Maryland College Park where he majored in finance with a minor in marketing and Spanish business culture. Camilo has been coaching youth soccer in Northern Virginia for more than six years. His positions have included the Potomac School in Mclean, the Great Falls High Performance Academy, and NCSL and WAGS travel teams for the Reston Soccer Association. Camilo holds a USSF D License.
Email: [email protected]
If you have a passion for positively impacting children, we’d love to talk to you.
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.
Our Vision: To provide a beloved growth experience for every child; a remarkable experience for every family.
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 200 territories across 37 states and Canada. There were over 440,000 enrollments into Soccer Shots programming in 2018.
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 through quality soccer programs that support their physical and personal development.