Meet The Coaches

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

Justin Jones

Justin Jones

Program Director

Justin started out as a coach with Soccer Shots in 2017. He loves making a difference in the lives of children and their families, which is what drove him to take on a larger leadership role with Soccer Shots. He loves soccer, but also firmly believes in Soccer Shots’ mission to make a positive impact on every child we coach.

Originally from Brownsville, TX, Justin has lived in San Antonio for 8 years. He also spent several years living in Colorado. He and his family (including his two boys!) love to visit different restaurants around San Antonio and ride their bikes together on the trail system around town. Justin earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Communication because he is interested in the ways we seek to live healthy lives and how we can spread the positive message about physical activity to more and more people.

Laura Wagner

Laura Wagner

Integrator - San Antonio & Austin

Laura’s love of soccer ignited in Virginia during middle and high school. She captained her school teams five of six years while playing forward or outside defender before settling in at center midfielder.  She continued on to play intramural in college and still plays weekly in the Austin Women’s Soccer League.

Called to impact youth, Coach Laura earned degrees from the University of Virginia and North Carolina Central University. She then taught kindergarten through fifth grades in North Carolina and Texas.  She also brings experience as a curriculum developer and educational consultant.  She began coaching soccer and swimming during college and has coached Austin youth for over ten years. She enjoys mentoring fellow coaches and thrives through the smiles shared with children as they build confidence, friendships and fun!

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 Arianne

Coach Arianne

Marketing Coordinator

Arianne has been playing soccer for over 18 years! Hailing from the DFW area, she started playing for FC Dallas Youth, then IM in college, and in Paris, France when she studied abroad. Her favorite position is forward because she loves the challenge of scoring GOALS! Arianne also loves tennis, paddle boarding, and volunteering! She has lots of experience with children, having worked as a camp counselor, childcare supervisor, and AmeriCorps literacy tutor for AISD. Her favorite part about working with kids is their unfailing ability to find fun and joy in anything!

Fun Fact: Coach Arianne checked off an item on her bucket list in 2015 by attending a European soccer match between PSG and St. Etienne. So intense!!

Coach Gaby

Coach Gaby

Program Specialist

Coach Gaby began playing soccer at age 8 and hasn’t stopped ever since! Growing up in New Braunfels, she was a 4 year letterman in high school as well as played for Texans and Classic Elite soccer club. She continued to play for Our Lady of the Laky University as goalie, earning her B.S. in Kinesiology and played 3 seasons in the WPSL, a semi pro league. While Gaby no longer plays competitively, she loves to stay active through hiking, running, and working out in the gym. Gaby also loves to go thrifting and find rare, vintage items when she is not in the gym. She enjoys living in San Antonio as it is home to her favorite NBA team, the Spurs, as well as the Hispanic heritage and beautiful culture that our city has to offer. She has been coaching children for over 5 years and says her favorite part is “being able to have fun with them while building confidence”.

Fun Fact: Coach Gaby collects all things Toy Story! It is her favorite movie of all time.

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 Allie

Coach Allie

Coach Allie grew up in both Austin and San Antonio, and started playing soccer at the age of 4. She was named to all-state first team in High School, and held several Texas state records from her time in high school. She spent several summer as a camp counselor and loves to see how passionate children can be about even the small things.

Fun Fact: Allie has a bunny named Basil who is litter trained, and doesn’t need a cage!

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 Brad

Coach Brad

Coach Brad gained soccer experience through playing at a local club in Germany! He enjoyed playing defense positions and dabbling in mid-field occasionally. Growing up all over the world, Brad fell in love with San Antonio after being stationed here in 2013. He loves the plethora of camping and hiking locations, especially Government Canyon and Garner State Park. Brad is currently working towards his degree in Kinesiology, as well as Criminal Justice. Apart from soccer, he loves living an active lifestyle. He enjoys kick boxing, cycling and yoga. Brad is currently a “big brother” volunteer and is so excited to make a positive impact on a younger generation through Soccer Shots.

Fun Fact: Brad loves to learn new things and DIY improvement projects!

Coach Brook

Coach Brook

Bio Coming Soon!

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 Erica

Coach Erica

Bio Coming Soon!

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 Jenna

Coach Jenna

Coach Jenna has played soccer for over 7 years, playing forward for her select team and recreationally in college. She not only enjoys staying active through soccer – dance, equestrian sports, volleyball, hiking…even quidditch! She has coached soccer, basketball, equestrian sports and is a certified “brain trainer” for adults and children to develop their cognitive skills. She loves working with children for their enthusiasm! Growing up in a small town, she loves all the networking and landscape that San Antonio has to offer and is excited to make an impact on the community through Soccer Shots.

Fun Fact: Coach Jenna is a graphic designer!

Coach Lillian

Coach Lillian

Bio Coming Soon!

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 Rebecca

Coach Rebecca

Coach Rebecca started playing soccer in Boerne, TX at the age of 4 and continues to play still to this day! She played for Champion and Boerne High School as a defender and midfielder. Rebecca has been coaching children personal lessons for over one year and is so excited to be a part of the Soccer Shots team! Her favorite part of coaching the younger generation is seeing how silly their personalities are and their progression throughout each season.

Fun Fact: Coach Rebecca likes learning how to play musical instruments! Be sure to ask her what she is learning at your next session.

Coach Sofia

Coach Sofia

Born and raised in Houston, Coach Sofia began playing soccer at age 8 through various clubs, along with 2 years of high school playing as goalie and a defender. She now loves to stay active through rock climbing, swim and dance. Moving to San Antonio, Sofia now attends Trinity University. She says the best part about living in San Antonio is of course…the food! She has joined the Soccer Shots team with 3 years of camp counselor experience and is now a part of management for the summer camp. She also has experience teaching children theater, choir and dance. She is passionate about working with children and helping them pursue activities they love to do!

Fun Fact: Coach Sofia once kayaked 60 miles in 3 days! Wow!

Coach Stephanie

Coach Stephanie

Coach Stephanie started playing soccer in 4th grade and continued playing competitively throughout high school, playing forward and later defense. She is a native Texan and spent the majority of her youth in the Corpus Christi area. She has extensive experience teaching music lessons to children including the oboe! Coach Stephanie also has a certification to teach “Insanity Live Group” or HIIT Training and is currently working on earning her personal training certification.

Fun Fact: When she’s not teaching, coaching or working out you can find her testing her culinary skills.

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 Victoria

Coach Victoria

Bio Coming Soon!

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