Meet The Coaches

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

Coach Gavin

Coach Gavin

Soccer Shots Program Coordinator-Coaching

Coach Gavin grew up in Stoke-on-Trent England loving the game of soccer. He started playing soccer when he was five years old. Gavin came to the United States in 2010 and has been coaching for Soccer Shots since 2014. As the Southeast Program Coordinator of Coaching Gavin will be coaching at various schools and park locations. He will also be assisting in instructor recruitment and evaluation.

FUN FACTS:

Favorite Position: Striker

Favorite Soccer Shots Game: The Spaceship Game

Fun Fact: Coach Gavin enjoys cooking and has his own business selling British pies. Coach Gavin and his wife enjoy traveling to various countries.

Coach Jaimie M.

Coach Jaimie M.

Soccer Shots Program Coordinator-Administration

Coach Jaimie is a native of Delaware County. Jaimie began playing soccer at the age of five and still continues to play now in many adult and coed leagues. Jaimie has a background in sports management and extensive coaching experience with children ages 2-18 years old! On top of coaching future Soccer Shots participants, Jaimie will be assisting the Program Director and Executive Director with administrative projects, marketing, sales and instructor recruitment.

FUN FACTS:

Favorite Position: Goalkeeper

Favorite Soccer Shots Game: The Pirate Ship Game

Fun Fact: Coach Jaimie enjoys hiking and spending time with her dog Cooper!

Katherine Hennessey

Katherine Hennessey

Intern

Katherine ‘Kat’ Hennessey is currently going into her senior year at La Salle University and is a member of the Women’s Soccer team.  Kat has played all 3 years at La Salle as a defender and is looking forward to competing her senior year. Kat has received high praise from La Salle head coach Paul Royal as an exceptional defender who is one of the fittest players with a tireless work ethic.  Kat is studying marketing as her major with an accounting minor.
FUN FACTS:

Favorite Position: Outside Back

Favorite Soccer Shots Game: Sharks and Nemos

Fun Fact: Coach Kat loves hanging out with her family and friends when she is not playing soccer.

Austin Stevens

Austin Stevens

Intern

Austin Stevens is currently going into his senior year at Villanova University and has played soccer all his life. While Austin has played almost every position available, he found his home on the back line playing defense. Austin played for several years at his club in Minnesota where he became known as a hard worker and a supportive teammate. Currently, Austin continues to play in adult leagues. Austin is studying political science as his major with a minor in Arabic and Islamic studies.

FUN FACTS:

Favorite Position: Outside Back

Favorite Soccer Shots Game: Cats and Dogs

Fun Fact: Coach Austin loves playing and making his own music when he is not playing soccer.

Coach Kevin

Soccer Shots Head Coach

Coach Kevin started playing soccer at age 4, he wishes that Soccer Shots was around when he started. Coach Kevin played soccer for The United Air Force at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. These days Coach Kevin can be seen mainly in a car driving his daughters around or going from one soccer event to another.

FUN FACTS:

Favorite Position: Goalkeeper

Favorite Soccer Shots Game: Being the sleeping “Bad” Pirate, while the “Good” Pirates steal the golden balls from his Pirate Ship

Fun Fact: Coach Kevin is a Grandfather

Coach Jay

Coach Jay

Soccer Shots Head Coach

Coach Jay has been playing soccer for 27 years. He also has been coaching and training soccer players for almost 13 years for several ages and all genders. His passion is to help athletes set goals and achieve them no matter what their experience may be. Although he doesn’t play soccer as much as he used to, Coach Jay spends his free time with his wife, three kids and a puppy named “Checkers”

FUN FACTS:

Favorite Position: Center Midfielder

Favorite Soccer Shots Game: “Blob Tag”

Favorite Soccer Shots word of the day: “Teamwork”

Fun Fact: Coach Jay also has experience as a Chef,
Bon Appetite!!

Coach Eric

Coach Eric

Soccer Shots Staff Coach

Coach Eric started playing soccer at age 10 and loves that it is an outside-sport! Coach Eric is currently attending West Chester University in pursue of becoming a Health and Physical Education Teacher. Coach Eric loves to inspire young kids to believe they can achieve anything they put their minds to. He also loves to travel and experience new cultures.

FUN FACTS:

Favorite Position: Midfielder – (You get to have the best of both worlds)

Fun Fact: Coach Eric has floated in the Dead Sea!

Coach Ed

Coach Ed

Soccer Shots Staff Coach

Ed is a former Health and Physical Education teacher who enjoys coaching various sports: cross country, track and field, baseball, wrestling, and soccer while educating student/athletes to have fun and be successful both in their sport and in life. He has coached teams to State and Conference Championships and individuals to National and All State recognition and rankings.  He currently coaches a middle school soccer team and coached the Widener University club soccer team before he moved into his current role as Widener’s Club Sport Coordinator.

Fun Facts:
Favorite Position: all, it takes a team to win
Favorite Soccer Shots Game: The Hungry Bear
Fun Fact: Ed is married and has 3 boys who are very active and enjoy playing the game of soccer

Coach Liz

Coach Liz

Soccer Shots Staff Coach

Coach Liz started playing soccer at the age of 5 for Haverford Township. She also played field hockey, since field hockey and soccer are during the same season she picked to play field hockey competitively. From there, she played pick up soccer in college and then at YSC in the coed soccer league. When she is not busy playing soccer, softball, or field hockey, she is busy teaching in the classroom. Hopefully one day, she will be able to coach soccer as an after-school club at the elementary level.

FUN FACTS:

Favorite Position: Defense

Fun Fact: Coach Liz loves Belle from Beauty and the Beast.

Coach Noah

Coach Noah

Soccer Shots Staff Coach

Coach Noah grew up in Stockton, New Jersey and fell in love with soccer at 5 years old.  He played in middle school through high school and continued on to play club at Ithaca College.  Noah has played competitively for many years and you can still find him playing in many adult leagues in the area.

FUN FACTS:

Favorite Position: Midfield

Favorite Soccer Shots game: Dribble gates.  It teaches honesty and improves their dribbling and change of direction skills.

Fun Fact: Noah has a twin sister!

Coach Walter

Coach Walter

Soccer Shots Staff Coach

Coach Walter hails from Argentina and is very passionate about the sport of soccer and children.  To Walter, soccer meant playing everyday in recess, at school, every afternoon, and every time he saw a ball. Most importantly, soccer has been the reason he has met his best friends. Walter still remembers the days he played until there was no sunlight and didn’t not know who was winning the game. At the end of the day someone would ask: “Who is winning?”  Nobody would know the answer  but whoever scored the last goal would win! Walter wishes every child could experience soccer in the way he did in his native Argentina.  This is why Walter loves being a part of the Soccer Shots team.  Walter works as an Orientation and Mobility Instructor for Families with Children who have Visual Impairments or are Blind Under Three Years of Age at the Overbrook School for the Blind.

FUN FACTS:

Favorite Position: Striker

Fun Fact: Each year the POSB (Principals of Schools for the Blind) organization recognizes the contributions of remarkable individuals from around the nation who work with students with visual impairments through the annual POSB awards program. Walter was selected as the recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Provider of Outreach Services award!

Coach Patricia

Soccer Shots Staff Coach

Coach Patricia is fondly known as “Coach P”.  Her motto is “Kids MUST have fun”.  When she is on the field with her soccer shots kids, one wonders who is having more fun- the kids or the coach! Coach P loves kids and loves soccer.  “Coaching kids in soccer is the best of both worlds and the elixir of youth” she says.  When Coach P is not on the field coaching soccer, she is at a soccer field somewhere cheering-on her children as they play soccer.

FUN FACT: Coach P loves music, dancing and good food!

Coach Matt H.

Coach Matt H.

Soccer Shots Staff Coach

Matt is a United States Marine Corps veteran who served 10 years in the service.  A sports related injury took Matt out of the game he loved playing so Matt turned to coaching to ensure his passion for the game is passed on to other athletes.  Matt recently completed his Master of Science degree in Recreation and Sports Science with a concentration in Soccer Coaching and has started his Doctoral of Education degree in Sports and Performance Psychology with a concentration Positive Leadership and Administration in January 2017. Matt has been coaching or teaching youth athletes for the past 6 years at many different ages. Matt always strives to put the person before the player and brings a scientific approach to player development.

FUN FACTS:

Favorite Position: Right Fullback

Favorite Soccer Shots Game: “What Time is it Mr. Fox”

Fun Fact: Coach Matt sang in his high school choir!

Coach Kristian

Soccer Shots Staff Coach

Coach Kris started playing soccer in his native England at a very early age and played in College and for amateur and semi-pro team in Cheshire, England. Kristian moved to the USA in 2003, as a full time soccer coach and regional manager for a coaching organization. Kristian has his UEFA B, NSCAA National, Advanced National and Premier Diploma as well as Director of Coaching Diploma. Kristian has 20 years of coaching experience and is currently Technical Director with a club in Bucks County and is Head coach of a National Select team.

Coach Brooke

Soccer Shots Staff Coach

Coach Brooke has been playing soccer since the age of 3, starting in a pee-wee league and playing all the way through college as a member of the Penn State Women’s Clubs Soccer Team.  She started coaching as an assistant coach for a U9 Girls’ Soccer Team and TOPS Soccer when she was a senior in high school and started coaching with SoccerShots one year ago in State College, PA.  Brooke loves helping young players develop their skills and giving back to a sport that has taught her so many things.  Outside of coaching, Brooke is an Exercise Physiologist who does personal training and teaches group fitness classes.

FUN FACTS:

Favorite Position: Defense

Favorite Soccer Shots Game: Tunnel Tag

Fun Fact: She loves spending time outside being active!

 

Coach Michele

Coach Michele

Soccer Shots Staff Coach

Coach Michele has been playing soccer since the age of four, and was a captain of Abington High School’s varsity team. Her favorite team is ACF Fiorentina, from Florence, Italy. She has a background in psychology, and is a big fan of sports as a way to build life skills! When she’s not coaching, Michele writes and performs stand up comedy around Philadelphia.

FUN FACTS:

Favorite Position: Right Midfield

Favorite Soccer Shots Game: Volcanoes Game!

Fun Fact: Michele has played the viola at Carnegie Hall.

Coach Ashley

Coach Ashley

Soccer Shots Staff Coach

Coming soon!

Coach Ashton

Coach Ashton

Soccer Shots Staff Coach

Coach Ashton is from Princeton, New Jersey and has played soccer her whole life. Coach Ashton played for numerous teams growing up, including indoor soccer and futsal teams. At The Hun School Of Princeton, she was captain of the varsity girls’ soccer team and went on to play for NCAA DIII Bryn Mawr College. Further, Coach Ashton had the pleasure of coaching girls’ soccer at Millburn High School. She adores educating youth as she was a Kindergarten Teacher prior to attending Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law where she will receive her J.D. in 2019. During each Soccer Shots’ session, Coach Ashton seeks to create a safe and nurturing environment where children can develop skills and become passionate about playing soccer.

FUN FACTS:

Favorite Position: Center Midfielder

Favorite Soccer Shots Game: Volcanoes

Fun Fact: Coach Ashton also played lacrosse and basketball for NCAA DIII Bryn Mawr College.

Coach Lauren

Coach Lauren

Soccer Shots Staff Coach

Coach Lauren has been playing soccer since the age of 5 for Harleysville and Towamencin soccer leagues. She would still love to play today but education is very important to me. She plans to go to West Chester University in the fall of 2017 to finish my degree in early education and get a minor is special needs as well. I love to teach children and watch them grow as an individual.

FUN FACTS:

Favorite position: Striker

Favorite Soccer Game: Treasure Hunt

Fun Fact: Coach Lauren enjoys baking and cooking in her spare time.  She also enjoys going down to Wildwood NJ with her family.

Coach Kelsey

Coach Kelsey

Soccer Shots Staff Coach

Coach Kelsey began playing soccer at age 5.  She played at Ursinus College and continues to play in adult leagues.  She has been a Soccer Shots coach since 2012.  Kelsey Graduated with a degree in exercise and sport science and minor in Education. She recently got her certification in Health and P.E.
FUN FACTS:
Favorite Position: Outside Defense
Favorite Soccer Shots Game: Volcanoes
Fun Fact: She has been skydiving

Coach Lorenz

Soccer Shots Staff Coach

Coach Lorenz grew up on American military bases in Germany, Italy and Spain.  He started playing as a seven year old and continued throughout high school.  As an adult coach Lorenz continued playing for various adult league teams including many at USTC.  Coach Lorenz also coaches the seventh grade team at Stetson Middle School in West Chester, PA.

FUN FACTS:
Favorite Position:  Defense
Favorite Soccer Shots Game: Volcanoes
Fun Fact:  Coach Lorenz speaks Italian and Spanish fluently.  Coach Lorenz enjoys anything with a motor and has ridden a motorcycle from Philadelphia to Nova Scotia and Tennessee.

Coach Paige

Coach Paige

Soccer Shots Staff Coach

Coach Paige grew up in Bucks County where she fell in love with soccer at the age of 5.  She went on to play club for FC Bucks and currently plays for LaSalle University.   There, she is enrolled as a 5th year student,  studying Elementary Special Education.  Upon graduation from LaSalle, Coach Paige plans on joining the Police Academy where one day she hopes to follow in her father’s footsteps and become a Police Officer for Philadelphia.

FUN FACTS: 

Favorite Position: Forward

Favorite Soccer Shots Game: “What time is it Mr. Fox”

Fun Fact: Coach Paige enjoys horseback riding in her free time!

Coach Alex S.

Soccer Shots Staff Coach

Coach Alex is from West Chester, Pennsylvania. He has been playing soccer all his life and still does today at Ursinus College. He is currently studying to become a physical therapist. Alex has been a coach since 2015 and has been coaching for Soccer Shots since 2017.

FUN FACTS:
Favorite Position: Center Back

Favorite Soccer Shots Game: Animal Farm

Fun Fact:   Alex has been to 4 different continents!

Coach Matt B.

Coach Matt B.

Soccer Shots Staff Coach

Coach Matt grew up in Havertown Pennsylvania where he grew up playing soccer from grade school, through to high school.  Matt is currently enrolled in West Chester University getting his 2nd undergraduate degree in K-12 Health and Physical Education.

FUN FACTS: 

Favorite Position: Right Full Back

Favorite soccer shots game: Snowman Game

Fun Fact: Coach Matt used to make pizza in a pizzeria and loves to make mac and cheese!

 

Coach Julia

Coach Julia

Soccer Shots Staff Coach

Coach Julia grew up in Walt Disney World’s backyard in Orlando, Florida.  She was six when she began playing soccer and where she went on to play at North Greenville University.  She studied English because she loves reading and writing stories.  Lots of people ask her is she plays basketball because she’s so tall, but she likes soccer too much to play another sport.  When she was 13, Julia started coaching with her dad, and she loves helping others learn the game.  She loves telling stories, being outside and singing Disney songs at the top of her lungs!

 

FUN FACTS:

Favorite position: Defense

Favorite Soccer Shots Game: Shooting Stars

Fun Fact: During hurricanes in Florida, Julia used to go outside and pretend she was talking about the weather on the news!

Coach Molly

Coach Molly

Soccer Shots Staff Coach

Coach Molly has been playing soccer since she was 5 years old, and has played on numerous teams, holding the role as a center defender. She was very fortunate to get the opportunity to play both soccer and basketball at the collegiate level for DIII Marian University in Wisconsin. She graduated with a degree in Forensic Science minoring in both Biology and Chemistry, and is currently pursuing her master’s in organizational leadership at Eastern University. At Eastern, Coach Molly also is an Assistant Coach with their Women’s Soccer program.

FUN FACTS: 

Favorite Position: Outside midfield (you get to be apart of the attack- something you don’t often get to do as a center back!)

Favorite Soccer Shots game: The Hungry Bear

Fun Fact: Coach Molly loves watersports and is a certified Paddle Board instructor!

 

Coach Darren

Coach Darren

Soccer Shots Staff Coach

Coach Darren grew up playing soccer in South Africa and has had a passion for it since he was a kid.  When moving to America, soccer became the bridge of cultures for Darren as he played through high school on numerous teams.  He now enjoys watching soccer, playing FIFA and of course coaching for soccer shots! If Coach Darren had to describe himself as a cereal box, it would be Cap’n Crunch because of his ultimate dream of owning a pirate ship and sailing across the ocean!

FUN FACTS:

His favorite ice cream is mint chocolate chip!

 

Coach Drew

Soccer Shots Staff Coach

Coach Drew grew up playing soccer at the age of five in Yardly, PA. He continued his passion for soccer at the University of Delaware playing for their club team and is currently playing in multiple adult leagues. When coach Drew isn’t coaching for soccer shots, he’s working as a financial investigator for Citi Bank.

Fun Facts:

Favorite Position: Center Midfield

Favorite Soccer Shots Game: Winnie the Pooh

Fun Fact: Coach Drew is a Star Wars fanatic!

 

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