Gonzalo Nemi, Co-Owner
Growing up with two brothers in Lima, Peru, Coach G has been kicking a ball since as long as he can remember. He graduated from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX, where he played in the central midfield for the collegiate soccer team and earned his degree in finance and economics. He is a native Spanish speaker, and counts healthy cooking, as well as eating, among his hobbies. Coach G is grateful for the positive experiences the beautiful game has given him and wants to pass this on to the youth of the great city of Seattle.
Victor Falcon, Co-Owner
Born and raised in Houston Texas, Victor went on to play at the University Of St. Thomas where he helped the program win its first conference title. While attending university, he earned a BBA in finance. Son of Fortunato and Esperanza Falcon, immigrants of Hidalgo Mexico, Victor grew up with four siblings and two dogs named Pele and Chelsea. Victor was introduced to the game of soccer at an early age. He pursued Division I club soccer in Houston throughout his youth. Victor is excited for the opportunity to positively impact the lives of young soccer players, just as coaches once impacted his.
Ashton Kanstrup, Director of Communications & Operations
Born and raised in Minnesota, athletics have been a part of Ashton’s life for as long as she can remember. She participated in competitive soccer, basketball, and track and field in clubs and throughout high school. Ashton earned her B.A. degree in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences at Minnesota State University. She has vast experience in child care/development, sales, management, and leadership. After connecting with Soccer Shots, she quickly became hooked! She recognized the positive impact the company had on young children in both character development and skills. Apart from soccer, Ashton enjoys long distance running, cooking, being outdoors, and spending time with her husband.
Dulce Nuñez, Assistant Director
Born and raised in Kirkland Washington, Dulce grew up with 3 older brothers who had a passion for soccer. Every Sunday her family would go and watch her brothers and friends play soccer, making her fall in love with the game of soccer as well. Dulce recently started playing on a co-ed team and has also played on a girl’s indoor soccer team. Other than soccer, Dulce loves working with kids and being around them. She has over 4 years of experience working in child-centered environments. Now, working for Soccer Shots gives her a great opportunity to do both things she loves!
If you have a passion for positively impacting children, we’d love to talk to you.
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
- Every Soccer Shots coach must complete our comprehensive training program to receive certification.
- All Soccer Shots coaches are trained in the use of developmentally appropriate techniques.
- Coaches are routinely evaluated and undergo ongoing training.
- 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
- You will receive a weekly summary of what your child is learning at Soccer Shots.
- We proactively communicate cancellations due to weather or other circumstances.
- Our staff understands the importance of timely, responsive communication.
Expert-approved curriculum that aligns with early childhood education standards
- Our developmentally appropriate curriculum places an emphasis on character development and skill building.
- Our program is created under the guidance of childhood education specialists, professional soccer players and experienced and licensed soccer coaches.
- 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. (Read more about the Soccer Shots Foundation here).
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.
Soccer Shots Foundation
We believe that soccer is a powerful vehicle for positively impacting youth. The Soccer Shots Foundation, our non-profit entity, allows us to impact more children who may not typically have the same opportunities.
Through our partnership with the U.S. Soccer Foundation, we aim to impact children who live in underserved communities throughout the U.S. through quality soccer programs that support their physical and personal development.