About Us

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

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Trey Alexander, Owner/Director 

Trey has always loved soccer and has been involved in the game since he was 4. After high school, Trey played for Western Kentucky University, where he was voted all-conference and team MVP his senior year. After graduating, Trey began his professional soccer career playing for multiple teams including the Richmond Kickers and the Wilmington Hammerheads. Trey is also a Registered Nurse with additional degrees in psychology and history. Trey is looking forward to encouraging and helping children grow to be successful and passionate individuals through Soccer Shots and the game of soccer.

Orlando Aguilar, Director of Coaching
Coach Orlando grew up in Florida. He began playing when he was 12 and has been playing ever since. He began sharing his passion for soccer when he started coaching for the Orlando City youth development program. The reason he is most excited about living in North Carolina is that he will get to learn how to sled! So share any pointers you have with him.

 


Cassidy Graham, Recruiter 
Cassidy shares her enthusiasm for Soccer Shots with everyone and is excited to meet new prospective coaches. She is also still coaching and loves being on Soccer Island with her friends! She graduated from NC State with a degree in Animal Science. Cassidy is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania but has fallen in love with the Raleigh area. In her free time, you can find her reading or sitting on her back porch. Her favorite thing about working with kids is that you just never know what they will say.
James Henry, Administrative Coordinator
James has played soccer all of his life and has never been able to get enough. He has played all kinds of soccer from indoor to beach soccer. James comes from the West Coast and loves the outdoors as well as his new home in North Carolina. When he isn’t in the office he can be found wandering around the state, finding new and exciting things to love about his new home.

 


AJ Murray, Director of Partner Services

Coach AJ serves as one of our Director of Partner Services in addition to serving as one of our coaches. He was born and raised in a little town near Hershey, Pennsylvania, where they make all the yummy Hershey’s chocolate. He moved to North Carolina 4 years ago to complete his degree in Sports Management at NC State in 2016. Ever since he could walk, he has been playing soccer with his friends. When he’s not playing soccer, he’s running around with his crazy dog, Jessie. If you see Coach AJ, ask him to tell you a silly story about Jessie!

Alex Rhodes, Administrative Director
Alex is a North Carolina native who joined Soccer Shots after spending two years teaching English, Math, & Science in Thailand.  He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Exercise and Sports Science.  He is the primary contact for our families and looks forward to speaking with them every day and helping them with any questions they may have. He is always just a phone call or email away! In his spare time, Alex loves kicking around the ball and enjoying concerts.


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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 through quality soccer programs that support their physical and personal development.