Coach Ali was born and raised in the Bay Area, CA. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree at San Francisco State University to become a school counselor. She is passionate about providing opportunities for children and adolescent teens to explore their strengths and develop the confidence to become successful in their future endeavors. Her previous experience playing soccer in high school and dedication to her community provides her with the skills and enthusiasm for coaching our Soccer Shot kids.
Coach Ben was born in Connecticut and raised in Boulder, Colorado. He started playing soccer at the age of 5. Growing up he played for the Colorado Rapids MLS Development Academy team. He attended Saint Mary’s College of California on a soccer scholarship and is currently getting his MBA with a focus in entrepreneurship. Ben hopes that he can provide a positive experience for all kids so they can grow up enjoying soccer just as much as he did.
Coach Emma is a transfer from our friends over at Soccer Shots Charlotte. Being a soccer player herself, Emma has found her passion and continues her six years of experience with the company in the Bay Area. She continues to play on several teams through Bay Area Adult Soccer League. She is first aid and CPR certified and has been working with children for over ten years. In her free time she enjoys reading, hiking, and taking her dog with her to as many places as possible.
Coach Ever was born in Pasadena, California. He started playing soccer as soon as he could walk. He grew up playing for LAFC and was lucky enough to play for U14s US National team and then went on to play for Chivas USA Academy team. He was able to attend Saint Mary’s College of California in Moraga on a soccer scholarship and is now currently getting his MBA. Ever wants soccer to do for others what it did for him. He hopes his high energy and passion for the game will inspire kids in the Bay Area to pursue soccer the way he did.
Coach Gabe was born and raised in Los Angeles where he first developed his passion for soccer. He began playing competitively at a young age and now plays for the University of San Francisco’s Mens Soccer Club. He began coaching part-time in Los Angeles, but has since joined the Soccer Shots Team upon moving to the Bay Area. Gabe hopes to provide positive experiences on the soccer field as well as feed children’s interest in soccer, as he recalls his coaches did for him.
Jose was born in Texas but grew up in Portugal, having lived there most of his life. He played soccer in local academies at a competitive level and has not stopped ever since. As a globetrotter he also lived in Belgium and Denmark where he recently finished his M.A. in International Relations. He moved to the Bay Area in 2015 and his passion for soccer and working with children led him to Soccer Shots. Jose is fluent in English and Portuguese.
Coach Jose is from Winton, CA. He has been playing soccer since he can remember and played on several organized teams in LA, Merced County, and the Bay Area. As a recent UC Berkeley grad, during his time he played on the club team for the school. Jose has worked with students of all age groups in one-on-one settings and in classroom settings. His favorite thing about working with children is being able to be a part of the things that make the children excited and he hopes to continue to inspire through Soccer Shots!
Coach Valeria was born in Nogales, Arizona. Growing up in a small town on the Mexican-American border, she was immersed into the culture of soccer. She began to play competitively, forming the first girl’s team in Nogales to play soccer all over Arizona. She is now studying at the University of San Francisco, but enjoys coaching with Soccer Shots so that she can teach children what she learned about soccer – you learn more than just the rules of the game, you learn about life.
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