Coach Ashlynne was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio where she began playing soccer at age 2 and began competitive soccer on a traveling team at age 7. She continued competitive soccer until her sophomore year of high school, and she played on her high school varsity team for four years, becoming a team captain during her senior year. Ashlynne also played for Wilmington College, a small division three college in Ohio, for one year before transferring to Seattle Pacific University. A lower back injury from high school recurred causing her to end her competitive soccer career. She recently graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a B.S. in Exercise Science and a minor in Health and Fitness Education. Ashlynne currently plans to attend graduate school to pursue a career in teaching elementary school. She has experience working with kids as a babysitter, a nanny, and a soccer camp counselor. Ashlynne enjoys being part of the Soccer Shots team because it combines her passion for soccer and kids.
Coach Mikala grew up in Kitsap County, WA and started playing soccer when she was around 5 years old. She went on to play in Central Kitsap’s soccer club until her junior year of high school where she then made her high school’s varsity team. After high school, Mikala attended Washington State University and earned a degree in Criminal Justice. While at Washington State, she quickly learned that she missed playing soccer and being a part of a team which then led her to joining a few intramural soccer teams. Mikala grew up babysitting and has worked in two elementary schools since college graduation. She wants to continue working with kids, playing soccer, and become a great coach!
Coach Jacob was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, but grew up in Redmond, Washington where he moved when he was 7 years old. He has played for Crossfire, Redmond High School, and Washington State University’s club team where he spent some time as a player-coach. At WSU he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism & Media Production and discovered that he has a passion for visual storytelling. Jacob is also passionate about teaching and plans to get a teaching degree one day. At Soccer Shots, he is excited to combine his passion for storytelling and his experience with coaching and childcare to connect soccer to the community and bring people together. He is a huge fan of Liverpool FC in England and dreams of meeting Ed Sheeran one day.
Coach Jasmin spent the first 12 years of her life in Southern California where she played soccer and enjoyed the sunshine. Eventually, she moved to Spokane, WA where she played numerous high school sports including basketball, track & field, and cross country. After high school, she re-located to Portland, OR to attend Concordia University and soon graduated with her B.A. in Exercise and Sports Science. While attending Concordia, she played collegiate soccer, winning Conference Championships and a National Championship. After obtaining her B.A., she decided to make a change and move to the east coast! She traveled to Massachusetts to obtain her M.S. in Athletic Training from Bridgewater State University. During those two years, she had a variety of internships at high schools, colleges, sports rehabilitation clinics, and even at FC Dallas! She still loves playing soccer, loves to travel, and loves dogs!
Coach Leah was born and raised in Bellevue, WA. She is one year away from graduation with a major in Elementary Education from Washington State University. Leah has played soccer ever since she was 5 years old. She began playing premier soccer during middle school and played for HPFC throughout high school. Leah began coaching soccer for preschoolers at the Moscow Parks and Rec department during her time at Washington State University. She has since been involved in clubs and work that revolve around children. Her passion is to make an impact on the youth she meets and to help their love for soccer grow as big as her own. Working at Soccer Shots will only continue to help Leah reach her goal of impacting more kids. When Leah isn’t working you can find her taking her dog Aspen to parks and binge watching shows with her boyfriend.
Coach Lauren grew up in Brownstown, Michigan and played club soccer for the Michigan Hawks. She played 4 years of D1 soccer at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated with a B.A. in Biological Basis of Behavior. She has always been fascinated with the intersection between the brain and the body and completed her Master’s degree in Clinical Science. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and has worked with middle schoolers, high schoolers, college athletes, and adults. She is an avid fan of the game and loves cheering for Chelsea in the premier league, as well as supporting the NWSL as a Seattle Reign season ticket holder. Working with Soccer Shots allows her to continue to be involved in the sport she loves, while also encouraging kids to be active and confident in themselves. When not studying or seeing clients, Lauren loves hiking with her dog, reading, or catching up on Netflix.
Sophia was born and raised in Issaquah, Washington and has been playing soccer since she was 5 years old. She played for Issaquah High School and was the varsity captain during her senior year, making it to the 4A WIAA state finals. She graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in Physics, where she also played 4 years of varsity soccer and captained the 2016 team, making it to the NCAA DIII Final Four. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering. Sophia has a passion for making an impact in young people’s lives and giving them the confidence to realize their potential – whether it’s to improve their soccer skills or to be a great friend and student.
Coach Daniel was born in Bothell, WA, where he was first introduced to soccer at 4 years old. He played three years of Varsity soccer at Cedar Park Christian High School before playing collegiate soccer at Northwest University in Kirkland, where he was a captain for three years. He has a degree in Accounting and a Master’s in Business Administration from NU. Daniel has spent the past two summers playing semi-professional soccer in California for the SoCal Seahorses. During his time in SoCal, he was also able to coach with the Soccer Shots franchise in Orange County. He has six years of youth coaching experience and loves sharing his passion for soccer with young athletes.
Josh was born in Bothell, WA, where he has lived his whole life. His older brother, Daniel, is also a Soccer Shots coach! Josh started playing soccer at age five in kids’ programs and on recreational soccer teams. When he reached middle school, he joined the select club NSC, and later played varsity high school soccer at Cedar Park Christian Bothell. He is currently pursuing a degree in Business Administration. Josh is a big fan of freestyle soccer, always wanting to learn new tricks. He enjoys investing time in others, and sees Soccer Shots as a great opportunity to develop soccer and life skills with the youth.
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