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!
Zachary P. Michael, Program Director (South West)
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!
Martin Eddie Harvey, Head Coach & Coaching Coordinator
Hello! My name is Martin Eddy Harvey and I was born and raised right here in Pittsburgh. Soccer has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Whether it’s playing, coaching, or just watching- soccer is what I like to spend my time doing.
Before joining the Soccer Shots team, I coached students both at the Elementary and High School levels. I’m very excited to coach and have fun with your kids this upcoming season! If you ever have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to talk to me. Thanks!
Billy Finnerty, Head Coach & Program Coordinator City/East/North
Hello! My name is Billy Finnerty aka Coach Billy. I recently moved to Pittsburgh and have been a physical education teacher for over seven years. I’ve coached soccer and track & field for over ten years. I have a passion for working with kids of all ages, especially in the athletics world. Athletics, especially soccer, have been a part of my life for more than 25 years. I’m very excited for the opportunity to work with your children this upcoming season(s) and learn with them a love of movement, soccer and sportsmanship
Phoebe Hopkins, Administrative Assistant
Phoebe is a former semi-professional field hockey player and collegiate coach. After graduating from Smith College in 2012, she traveled to Australia and Ireland to play and coach field hockey. Upon returning to the U.S. she became the assistant coach at Slippery Rock University. At SRU Phoebe mentored student-athletes and helped them achieve their goals on the field and in the classroom. Phoebe played multiple sports throughout middle school and high school and has coached all age groups; thus, she is passionate about the positive power of athletics in children’s lives. She is excited to be working with the young Pittsburgh athletes to further the Soccer Shot’s mission!
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.