Coach Joe moved to San Diego from Arkansas to pursue Coastal
archaeology at San Diego State. He has played soccer his entire life. He’s
been coaching and working with kids for over ten years, and loves working
with Soccer Shots, making kids laugh, and talking with his students. He is
passionate about education, positive communication, and the importance
of sports and physical activity in children’s development.
He is an archeologist and has an
archaeological project on the
Coronados Islands of Mexico.
He used to have 30 chickens, 20
ducks and a goat!
Favorite quote: “When you come
to a fork in the road, take it”
Director of Coaching
Coach Papa was born and raised in Senegal, a small country in West Africa.
Soccer has been a big part of his life and has helped him in good times and
bad. He loves soccer, and believes that it’s the best sport in the world. Papa
loves working with kids, especially those who have lost a parent, because he
lost his father at a young age and his soccer coach had a huge, positive
impact on his life. His dream is to provide the same encouragement and
positive outlook to all the kids he interacts with.
Speaks four different languages
Loves bird watching and has a
few of his own at home
He wants to someday write a
Coach Janelle feels blessed and privileged to be a part of Soccer Shots! She
has specialized in Early Childhood for the past 8 years, and loves being able
to use soccer as a platform to positively impact children’s lives!
She is grateful that Soccer Shots has given her the opportunity to work
closer with children and to develop her skills as a teacher and as an advisor
She has three daughters
She is currently completing her
Early Childhood Education
courses to become a school
Her favorite food is sushi!
Brand Ambassador / Mentor Coach
Coach Jared enjoys observing how children retain skills and seeing their pure
enthusiasm for life. He has played soccer since he was 4 years old and started
playing competitively at 12. Coach Jared is passionate about creating
opportunities for people to achieve their dreams.
Favorite soccer team is Bayern
Favorite player is Cristiano
Preferred position is goalkeeper
Favorite quote: “Everything in life
is a learning experience”
Coach Phil has been in the Soccer Shots family for over three years. He
came for the soccer, but he stayed for the fun that comes with teaching
kids. He is a certified soccer coach, referee, and substitute teacher who has
taken courses in early childhood education.
Originally from Huntington
His dad was his coach when he
was the age of his current
He makes a mean chowder!
Coach James has been coaching youth soccer for almost ten years, since he
first volunteered as an assistant for his younger sister’s rec team. He has
also coached at the High School level and played in College, and worked as
a summer camp counselor for 5 years. He loves helping kids fall in love
with the beautiful game and hopes to give them a foundation to develop
their skills if they want to pursue the game as they grow.
He’s a published poet.
In college, he played D3 soccer,
performed with an improv
comedy group, and hosted his
own radio show.
Originally from New Jersey.
His dream is to be a literature
professor and college soccer
Coach Anaiah wanted to coach for Soccer Shots because it combines two
things that she loves. For the longest time, she wanted to be a teacher and
she’s been playing soccer since she was four. And so, Soccer Shots put the
two together and she was hooked. She loves working with the children and
helping them discover the joy of soccer.
Lived in several states as a child
because she’s from a military
Played soccer almost all her life
Going to school for early
Super outgoing and especially
loves coaching the minis!
Coach Maren has been with Soccer Shots for almost a year now. She was
born and raised in the Midwest, and then made the move to sunny San
Diego not long after graduation. She joined this team because she has a
love for the sport and spending time with the kids brings her pure joy.
Being able to watch them grow, and improve their skills is so exciting every
She played soccer through High
School and for fun in college.
She is in marketing by day, but a
clothing designer by night.
She has a two-year-old pit bull
Coach Adrian has been coaching for 3 years, starting from Soccer Shots
Connecticut. He says Soccer Shots allows him to connect with the game he
loves so much and to pass it on to eager and excited young boys and girls.
Outside Soccer Shots, he works in ABA Therapy where he serves as a
Clinical Supervisor working with families and children on the autism
spectrum. His goal is to make this game fun for our participants and spark
a joy for being on the field that will last for years to come.
Was born and raised in Jamaica,
moved to Connecticut when he
Has a Masters’ degree in Social
Played soccer in all his life, but
also did collegiate Track & Field
Coach Kerah has played soccer and worked with children her whole life.
She loves seeing children learn and grow, and says it is all the more
rewarding if she is the one teaching them. She’s thrilled to coach at Soccer
Shots because she knows how important a coach can be in a child’s life.
Originally from Redlands, moved
to San Marcos to attend Cal State
San Marcos where she studies
Wants to be an elementary
Rescues stray animals with her
mom and sister to help them find
homes, but usually gets attached
and keeps them.
Soccer Shots appealed to Coach Scott because he likes working with
children and it seemed like a fun way to make extra money as well as make
an impact in the next generation’s life. He moved to San Diego this past
summer and is really excited to see how he is going to grow as a coach at
Originally from Houston, Texas
Enjoys fishing and surfing
Has a passion for restoring
vintage cars and motorcycles!
If you have a passion for positively impacting youth through sports, visit our employment portal to view Soccer Shots job opportunities.