Meet The Coaches

We are proud to have the best coaches in youth soccer.

Coach Adam

Coach Adam

Program Director - San Antonio

Adam started playing soccer at the age of 7 and has now over 20 years of playing experience. He enjoyed the sport through playing club, select, high school, college intramural, and a men’s open league. Now he enjoys spending his spare time kicking the ball with his little ones in the backyard and sharing his passion for the sport with them! He also shared his love for soccer through coaching at camps and clinics for children in elementary through high school. Adam grew up in New York and made his way to Texas with his family, where he now loves the warm weather, live music and barbecue. He is extremely family oriented and truly believes that his family makes him a better person each day.

Coach Aaron

Coach Aaron

Coach Aaron played soccer for a total of 19 years. He began at the age of 4 on local competitive teams in Corpus Christi and moved on to play for 2 years in high school. He continued to play for the Classics Elite Academy for 1 year, where he was recruited to play at the University of Hardin-Simmons all 4 years of his studies. Aaron continues to stay active through playing soccer and basketball recreationally. He has joined the Soccer Shots team with 2 years of volunteer experience working and training soccer through his university.

Fun Fact: Coach Aaron loves living in San Antonio and the passion the city has for soccer!

Coach Alexis

Coach Alexis

Coach Alexis has been playing soccer for over 20 years! She has played competitively for 9 years through club, high school and college. Her favorite position is sweeper! She still plays soccer recreationally, and also enjoys playing basketball as well. Coach Alexis has several years experience coaching small children, including raising two of her own! She loves seeing how children develop and grow!

Fun Fact: Coach Alexis loves to sing!

Coach Allison

Coach Allison

Coach Allison has played soccer for over 10 years, playing both for her high school and competitively in the Houston area. After moving to San Antonio to attend UTSA, she now continues to play recreationally with her friends, but also loves to stay active through softball and yoga! She not only enjoys playing sports, but is a huge sports fan supporting UT Football and SAFC as her favorite teams. She is passionate about working with children, as she is currently pursuing her degree to become a teacher and has experience working in preschool with children ranging from 3 months to 5 years old. She says the best part about working with kiddos is the “fun energy they bring and their light heartedness they have”, and cannot wait to see that energy on Soccer Island!

 

Fun Fact: Coach Allison can play 4 instruments AND sing!

Coach Ashley

Coach Ashley

Program Specialist, Elite Coach

Coach Ashley started playing soccer at the age of four year’s old and continued until high school, where they made the state playoffs. Her favorite part about coaching little kids is to see the progress they make and the smiles on their faces when they achieve their goals! Outside of playing soccer and staying active in the gym, she is a movie fanatic, especially horror and comedy films.

Fun Fact: Coach Ashley loves to spend time with her dogs and going on hikes.

Coach Catty

Coach Catty

Coach Catty was born and raised in Austin, TX. She loves the diversity of the city and of course, the live music! She began playing soccer at age 4 and began playing club with the Georgetown Force and Round Rock Dragons as she grew up. She started as a defender and moved to midfielder in high school, falling in love with the position. She nows plays soccer for fun with her friends at her university, UTSA, where she is working towards her degree in Kinesiology. Her favorite part of coaching children is watching them master different skills and seeing their excitement.

Fun Fact: Catty absolutely LOVES dogs!

Coach David H.

Coach David H.

Coach David fell in love with soccer when he started playing in high school. His love for the game turned into a love for coaching. He has now been a soccer coach for 24 years, for teams such as CYO, YMCA, Dragons Soccer Club, ACYSO and Alamo Soccer club. Coach David is one of Soccer Shots’ veteran coaches and is a member of NSCAA.

Fun Fact: Coach David holds a USSF E Certificate, and a Goal Keeper level 1 and level 2 certificate from STYSA.

Coach Eliana

Coach Eliana

Coach Eliana grew up in San Antonio, TX and began playing soccer in kindergarten all the way until her freshman year of high school. She loved the sport so much and is excited for her opportunity with Soccer Shots to teach the game she grew up playing! In her spare time, she loves to play recreationally with her friends as well as stay active through running and swimming. She loves to work with children and how infectious their energy is!

Fun Fact: Coach Eliana has been playing piano for 15 years!

Coach Isaac

Coach Isaac

Coach Isaac has loved the sport of soccer since the age of 4. He has played every position except for goalie, and even played for a soccer academy at 12 years old. He continues to play today with friends on the weekends, while staying active through swimming and running in his free time. He has joined our team at Soccer Shots with 2 years of coaching experience. He enjoys working with children as he sees the joy that a sport brings them or when they learn something new! Isaac moved from Houston to San Antonio in 2014, and loves the diversity of the city. He is fluent in Spanish and holds a certification from United Soccer Coaches.

Fun Fact: Coach Isaac is an awesome mini golfer!

Coach Janeth

Coach Janeth

Coach Janeth was raised in Monterrey, and developed her love for soccer at a young age! She continues to play recreationally now with her friends through a school organization along with playing volleyball. She has joined Soccer Shots as a previous preschool teacher and is excited to start her coaching journey. Her favorite part about working with children is having fun while they are learning something new! Janeth is currently studying to become a teacher to pursue her passion of working with children.

Fun Fact: Coach Janeth isn’t just a soccer star – she played volleyball for 15 years!

Coach Jennifer

Coach Jennifer

Coach Jennifer is born and raised in San Antonio. She is a mom to 2 beautiful children and in their spare time, they love to explore the city. She has multiple years of experience leading and teaching young children. Her favorite part about working with kiddos is seeing them engaged in an activity and developing a sense of pride in learning something new!

Fun Fact: She loves music and to sing!

Coach Jorge

Coach Jorge

Partner Services Coordinator, Elite Coach

Coach Jorge has been playing all over the world since he was 9 years old! Growing up in Montigo, Panama, he has traveled the world playing in international soccer clubs and even played professional soccer for 3 years! He still plays soccer recreationally every Sunday and plans to continue being a soccer rock-star for the rest of his life! Coach Jorge has extensive childcare experience; he has worked at various kids soccer programs and soccer camps. He’s also provided soccer clinics at multiple academies in Panama. Coach Jorge’s favorite part about coaching soccer?

“Some kids dream about becoming a soccer player, and I can help them reach their goal,” he says.

Fun Fact: Coach Jorge was cut from The Panamanian National Team just days before the international Concacaf tournament. Although he thought about quitting soccer entirely, Coach Jorge kept playing soccer despite his disappointment. He’s a fantastic example of playing for the love of the game despite downfalls!

Coach Justin

Coach Justin

With kids of his own, Coach Justin understands the benefits of youth sports. Currently finding fitness through Camp Gladiator and basketball, he can’t wait to coach with the Soccer Shots. His joy in coaching comes from teaching the children something new and making a positive impact in kids’ lives.

Fun Fact: Coach Justin has been privileged to live by both the mountains and the beach, but definitely likes the beach more!

Coach Karen

Coach Karen

Coach Karen started playing soccer at 5 years old, which developed her love for team sports. As a lefty, she was always happy to play anywhere on the left side of the field to score goals! Soccer isn’t the only sport she loves; she continues to play volleyball, tennis and even has competed in triathlons over 20 years. Her favorite part of being a Soccer Shots coach is the children’s enthusiasm and joyful outlook, which never fails to put a smile on her face. She has been a coach, PE teacher, camp counselor and a Recreation Director throughout her life.

Fun Fact: Coach Karen’s absolutely favorite sport is ultimate frisbee!

Coach Kyle

Coach Kyle

Kyle played soccer competitively for almost 10 years on a club team, where he developed a love for the sport. He now coaches and trains kiddos and has been for 5 years! His favorite part is having fun with them and creating an enjoyable atmosphere. He comes from a military family and loves living here in San Antonio.

Fun Fact: Kyle was born and raised in an Army family!

Coach Lake

Coach Lake

Director of Coaching

Coach Lake has over twenty years of soccer experience, through playing club and high school as a striker and center back. He then began sharing his passion for the sport by coaching over 5 years for a club team that even won state! His favorite part of working with children is the questions they ask as they see the world differently. Growing up in Round Rock, he came to San Antonio to attend the University of Texas at San Antonio to pursue a business degree. He loves the city because of the awesome hiking trails in the area. Apart from hiking, Lake also likes to spend his time simply enjoying the company of his friends.

Fun Fact: Coach Lake enjoys building furniture!

Coach Mary

Coach Mary

Coach Mary has joined the Soccer Shots team with a total of 10 years of soccer experience, along with 3 years of coaching experience through her neighborhood team! She haas played every position, but preferred defense. Mary continues to play for fun while getting together with her friends. Her favorite part of coaching is teaching the kiddos new skills and ensuring they are having fun.

Fun Fact: Mary loves music! She enjoys singing and even plays trumpet and guitar!

Coach Matt

Coach Matt

Elite Coach

Coach Daniel, aka Coach Matt, started playing soccer at age 8 and has been playing ever since. He started out playing recreational then moved on to play club soccer at the age of 12. In high school, he was named 1st team all-district and continued on to play professionally for 4 years for the Austin Aztex! Coach Matt still enjoys playing recreational soccer and can often be found riding bike trails for fun. His favorite part about working with children is how much energy they can bring to any activity!

Fun Fact: Coach Matt LOVES to be silly!

Coach Rylie

Coach Rylie

Coach Rylie was born and raised in San Antonio and has been playing soccer for over 10 years! She played through club, high school and is now playing for St. Mary’s University as their center back. She is majoring in finance and risk management and is so happy to continue playing soccer while staying close to family! Rylie has joined the Soccer Shots team with 3 years of coaching experience. Her favorite part of coaching children is the endless fun and that you are always on your toes.

Fun Fact: Coach Rylie has 2 dogs, Derek and Jeter, named after the famous Yankees player!

Coach Sarah

Coach Sarah

Program Coordinator

Coach Sarah started playing soccer at the age of 5. She enjoyed playing both indoor and outdoor, recreationally and competitively, until college. She continued to play with her sorority intramural team while achieving her B.S. of Kinesiology at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her favorite part about working at Soccer Shots is communicating with parents about the awesome accomplishments that their kiddo has done in our program. She loves seeing firsthand the impact we are making for the children of San Antonio!

Fun Fact: Coach Sarah’s favorite animal is a sloth; she got to meet and hold one for her 23rd birthday!

Coach Tony

Coach Tony

A San Antonio native, Coach Tony has been coaching soccer for over 7 years. He has not only coached soccer, but also basketball, golf and flag football. In his spare time, he enjoys playing recreational soccer, basketball, or playing a round of golf. His favorite part about coaching children is helping them become better people through sports!

Fun Fact: Coach Tony is a HUGE Spurs fan!

Coach Tori

Coach Tori

Coach Tori started playing soccer at the age of 5 and has been playing for 18 years. She played for her high school team as well as on the FC Dallas Soccer Club, continuing on to play with the Baylor Women’s Club Soccer team. She loved playing both forward and goalie! Tori not only enjoyed soccer, but volleyball, basketball, track and cross country. Her favorite part of working with children is how joyful they are to be around and cannot wait to begin her coaching journey with Soccer Shots!

Fun Fact: Tori has a dog named Marley that loves to run 5K’s with her!

Coach Val

Coach Val

Growing up in Del Rio, Coach Val began playing soccer at the age of 3, and continued to play as a midfielder competitively until the age of 14. She now plays only for fun and spends her time studying to become a certified personal trainer while working to achieve her degree in Kinesiology. Her favorite part of working with children is the ability to learn quickly and the excitement in achieving a new skill in a sport!

Fun Fact: Coach Val loves the outdoors!

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