Anthony Calvano, Owner/Executive Director
Anthony is a professional soccer player, a gifted soccer teacher and a kid enthusiast! He played for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, the area’s professional soccer team, before retiring in 2012. He played professionally for eight years. Anthony played at Penn State University, making it to the Elite 8 and winning a Big Ten Championship.
Anthony has coached high school, middle school and club soccer and has worked with thousands of youth soccer players as a Soccer Shots instructor. In addition to playing and coaching soccer, Anthony has a degree in elementary education from Penn State. Anthony is an active member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children (PAEYC).
Above everything else is that Anthony loves being able to positively impact kids through the game of soccer!
Carla Stewart, Admin/Recruiter/Assistant Director
Carla graduated from Grove City College in 2011 with a B.A. in History and a minor in Political Science; she spent the summers of her college years working with children as the Day Camp Director and Playground Program Director for the Penn-Trafford Area Recreation Commission. After college, Carla gained experience in a variety of fields, including human resources, administrative support, financial research, and non-fiction writing & editing.
A Pittsburgh native, Carla grew up playing soccer for numerous local clubs, including (but not limited to) Foothills, Penns Forest, Hotspurs, and the Barbarian Football Coalition. In high school, she was fortunate enough to play for WPIAL champion and two-time state runner-up Greensburg Central Catholic. At the collegiate level, Carla played both varsity and intramural soccer as well as club-level ultimate frisbee.
Carla is a strong advocate for instilling self-esteem, exceptional character, and a love for physical activity in children. Working as a Director with Soccer Shots provides an amazing opportunity for her to do just that!
David (Didi) Myers, Director
David has his Masters of Business Administration and a Bachelor’s in Marine biology. As a college student he played semi-professional basketball and worked as an elementary school gym teacher. After college he worked as a marine biologist in a fish farm, growing clown fish and many other fish species.
Born and raised in Israel, where soccer is the number one national sport, he started playing at an early age and has since never stopped. David played soccer on his high-school team and has continued playing in various amateur adult leagues along the years.
Health and fitness has always been a big part of David’s life and he has always tried to bring others closer to it. Being a first time father, David has realized now more than ever, that educating for a healthy way of life is never too early to start. Working at Soccer Shots allows David to implement the principles he so much believes in and impact young minds from an early age.
Zachary P. Michael, Program Coordinator
Zachary graduated from Gannon University in 2010 with a B.S. in Chemistry; spending much of his spare time in college volunteering for local children’s after-school programs. He later attended graduate school for Chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh and continued volunteer work for local schools and elsewhere in the form of outreach programs for Chemistry.
He played soccer from a young age all the way through high school, but had to leave the sport behind due to time constraints. However, he is very excited to be involved again in the sport he loves, and especially in teaching it to the next generation of players.
Outreach and volunteer work have always been a large part of Zachary’s life, and he hopes to continue to work with children and inspire them to reach their greatest heights and pursue what they love best!
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.
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. (Read more about the Soccer Shots Foundation here).
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.
Soccer Shots Foundation
We believe that soccer is a powerful vehicle for positively impacting youth. The Soccer Shots Foundation, our non-profit entity, allows us to impact more children who may not typically have the same opportunities.
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.