Coach Julio has been with Soccer Shots for over 4 years. He has taught thousands of children soccer and character development. He is naturally passionate about soccer even though his father tried to get him to love baseball as a child. Coach Julio has been playing soccer for over 20 years and his favorite position on the field is midfield. He is a natural leader and is extremely generous with distributing the ball so midfield is a perfect fit for his personality.
Coach Julio is a recent graduate of SDSU. His absolute favorite color is red (Go Aztecs!) and he LOVES Fettuccine Alfredo even more. His hobby is playing indoor soccer, he can’t get enough of it!! He currently helped head up a team for all of the Soccer Shots coaches where they play together on Monday nights. A fun fact about Coach Julio is that he has traveled all of Baja California, from T.J. to Cabo San Lucas in one trip. His favorite Soccer Shots Game is the “Bumble Bee” game. He loves to see the kids laugh when they get to “sting” him with the ball.
Coach Andrew graduated from Chapman University where he earned a Bachelors in Sociology with a Minor in Physical Education for Elementary. He was a scholarship football player in college and a multi-sport athlete at Grossmont High School where he excelled in soccer, track and field, football, and baseball. Coach Andrew first played soccer when he was 5 years old and he believes it helped in excel in all other sports in his life. His favorite position in soccer is forward because who doesn’t like scoring goals??
Coach Andrew has been working with children for over 18 years and found the Soccer Shots opportunity while working in an after-school program. His experience of working with youth and his passion for sports made coaching for Soccer Shots an easy match. When Andrew is not coaching he enjoys being a Dad and going to the beach with his family. He has a 4 year old daughter and they love eating their favorite food together, pizza!
“I like teaching children new games and character development words so they can learn new things every week when I am coaching soccer shots. I love doing this job being a soccer coach and having fun with all different children I teach all over San Diego. My favorite Soccer Shots game is Castle keepers. It is a really fun way to teach children how to be a goalie and the other children get to try to score goals. It is a good way to teach two positions in one game.” Coach Andrew can’t wait to share his passion of sports, character development and healthy lifestyles with your children!
Coach Alison was born and raised in San Diego. She attended San Diego State University and graduated in May 2017 with a degree in Elementary Education. She hopes to one day become a kindergarten teacher! Growing up, Coach Alison played soccer, tennis, and did gymnastics. She played soccer at a young age and fell in love with it. Her favorite position to play is defense because she loves helping out the goalie!
Coach Alison has been working with children since graduating high school. For the past four years, she has taught gymnastics to children ages 1-12. Coach Alison was so excited to hear about Soccer Shots because it incorporated all of her favorite things: soccer, coaching, and working with children! When she is not coaching, Coach Alison enjoys being outdoors, doing flips on trampolines, and spending time with her loved ones. She loves the color green and eating breakfast foods for every meal of the day.
“I am so passionate about working for Soccer Shots because I know how influential organized sport can be for a child. When I was younger, I was very shy and had trouble fitting in. Once my mother put me in sports, I found a place where I felt I belonged and made lifelong friends, beyond just learning the sport. Soccer Shots teaches children not only valuable soccer skills, but character traits that will shape them into great human beings. I am thankful that I get to positively impact the lives of children by teaching the sport I love!” Coach Alison is excited to share her passion of soccer, character development, and healthy living with your children!
Coach Bri joins us from North County. She attended California State University of San Marcos and earned her Bachelor’s in Science Degree in Biology with an Ecology concentration. Coach Bri has played soccer since she could walk with her favorite position being an outside defender. Her favorite food is noodles. Noodles with anything! Plain noodles, spaghetti, noodles in a salad- literally any type of noodle with any type of dressing! Her favorite color is blue! Coach Bri likes to go to the lake and take her dogs for a walk, go hiking, or hang out at the beach. A couple of fun facts about Coach Bri are that she used to be a Zookeeper and that she traveled to Africa for a month, on her own!
Coach Bri is passionate about working at Soccer Shots because Soccer Shots is very family orientated and she believes that is one of the most important things there is to have-your family. She remembers always having her parents and coaches there to support her. Coach Bri wants to help children feel just as important and well educated as she felt when she was growing up.
Coach Edgar was born and raised in North County, San Diego. His hometown is San Marcos, CA. He’s currently transferring from Palomar College to San Diego State where he’s majoring in Economics. He graduated from San Dieguito Academy High School. While he was there, he ran cross country and track and field for his school. Coach Edgar started playing soccer as a child, but didn’t play on an actual team until he was 14 and on his way to high school. He loved to play every position on his teams, but he prefers to play midfield or forward because he likes the creativity it allows him on offense. His favorite color is red, and he loves eating tacos. To burn off the calories from all of the tacos he eats, Coach Edgar likes to hike, play soccer, and sometimes run. Two fun facts about him are that he’s traveled to more places in Mexico than in the US, and he likes to sing in the shower, while driving, and at random points throughout the day.
His favorite Soccer Shots game is “bulldozer”. Before he worked for Soccer Shots, he worked for another after school sports program for elementary school children. While he was there, he coached soccer, dodge-ball, volleyball, and more. He loved how rewarding it was to coach kids, so he jumped at the chance to work for a company that allowed him to continue coaching kids his favorite sport (soccer) exclusively. In addition, he is grateful for receiving a warm welcome to a company that focuses on empowering and encouraging growth in the players as well as the coaches.
Originally, Coach Diego is from Oceanside, California. His parents both worked in and for the Military there. When he was entering the fifth grade his Dad was stationed in Norfolk, Virginia. Coach Diego lived in Virginia Beach for 8 years and eventually made his way back to San Diego as he started his senior year of high school, which was 2015. Ever since then he has been here living in Chula Vista. Coach Diego is half Spanish and half German. He mainly grew up with his Mom’s side of the family because they live here in San Diego. He has a very big family and it’s something he enjoys and takes advantage of whenever he can. Coach Diego grew up living with his parents and older brother. He graduated at a University in Virginia and is currently living there. He currently goes to Southwestern College as a History Major and Administration Minor. He plans to get his Associates Degree and transfer to SDSU. His end goal is to become a teacher and while teaching he plans to work on his Masters in Administration to allow him to become a Principle at either a Elementary School or High School.
Coach Diego has played soccer since he was three years old, he started playing for teams in Oceanside up until he moved to Virginia. Once he moved, his soccer career took off through travel and academy teams throughout. Since he was about eight years old, he has been a goalkeeper. Coach Diego’s first goalkeeper coach was Coach Tran of the Old Dominion Soccer Club, who played for the South Korean National Soccer Team through the 1970’s. He had the biggest impact on my soccer career and he shaped me into the Goalkeeper I grew up to be. His way of training is how I teach my students to this day. Coach Diego played soccer in Middle School and through High School starting as the Varsity Goalkeeper all four years, three of which were at Salem High school Virginia Beach, Virginia and his final year playing at Hilltop High School. He also played football three years of High School as a Defensive Lineman and the Punter and PAT kicker. In Virginia he wrestled in his off season of soccer as well as football in order to stay in shape.
Coach Diego’s favorite food is Italian, he loves pasta and loves to cook it as much as possible. His favorite color is turquoise, a mix of green and blue. He loves to go to the gym in his spare time and hang out with friends and family whenever he gets the chance. Coach Diego also enjoys going out to new restaurants and trying different foods and exploring new places!
The first fun fact about Coach Diego is that he is a die hard Sneaker-head, which means he absolutely love shoes and the street clothing that pairs with it. Another fun fact about him is that he love to draw, he draws all sorts of things. He may not be the best, but he always has fun doing it! Coach Diego is passionate about working at Soccer Shots because the age groups that he works with are so receptive to new information and that really allows him to make the biggest and best impact on each player. The style of teaching and the attitude of the coaches really play a benefit to the kids’ learning ability of the sport. This style of teaching also allows for the kids to learn discipline and control over their own playing style and ultimately just having a great time doing it!
Coach Amanda is from Staten Island, New York. She moved to San Diego March 2018 to continue impacting children on and off the soccer field. Coach Amanda coached & directed for the Soccer Shots franchise in Staten Island before her move. Coach Amanda graduated from the University of Vermont where she played Division 1 soccer. She earned her Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Special Education with a concentration in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Coach Amanda has been playing soccer since the age of 4, she typically plays in the midfield. Coach Amanda’s favorite food is pizza and she loves to make it from scratch. In her free-time Coach Amanda likes to play soccer with her friends; she is a part of a co-ed league & a women’s league here in San Diego. Fun fact about Coach Amanda: when she was first introduced to soccer she loved to play with the grass over the soccer ball. “Each week I would look forward to going to soccer practice, however once I got there I would chase butterflies and play with the grass. After a year of not playing soccer I one day just decided to join in. I have been playing soccer ever since and thank my dad for continuing to bring me to the soccer field regardless of if I played or not.”
“I enjoy teaching children about the sport I love, it also fascinates me how much they enjoy learning character development while interacting with their peers. I love doing this job because of the impact Soccer Shots sessions have on children. Moving to San Diego has allowed me to visit some awesome townships and meet amazing families and children!” Coach Amanda’s favorite Soccer Shots game is the Silly Martian game, “children always love to kick coach with a soccer ball, and it is truly amazing to see all of them smile and giggle while doing it!” Coach Amanda can’t wait to share her passion for soccer, character development, and enthusiasm with your children!
“I enjoy teaching children about the sport I love, it also fascinates me how much they enjoy learning character development while interacting with their peers. I love doing this job because of the impact Soccer Shots sessions have on children. Moving to San Diego has allowed me to visit some awesome townships and meet amazing families and children!” Coach Amanda’s favorite Soccer Shots game is the Silly Martian game, “children always love to kick coach with a soccer ball, and it is truly amazing to see all of them smile and giggle while doing it!” Coach Amanda can’t wait to share her passion for soccer, character development and enthusiasm with your children!
Gaby Gutierrez was born and raised in San Diego. In her free time she enjoys walking her schnauzers Murphy Walker and Matilda. Her favorite food is pepperoni pizza and loves the color black. In 2011, she was accepted to San José State University, where she majored in Health Science with a minor in Spanish and Psychology. She played for the San José State club soccer team for a couple years. She played center mid, a position she has been played for at least 10 years. She learned how to play soccer with her father from age 5- 17. She played in AYSO, All-stars, and multiple club teams (Matrix, Alliance, United, Albion, and Kodiak). After finishing school, she went on a month long trip to Europe. Although she enjoyed her vacation, she was ready to move back to San Diego to reconnect with family and being her career. When she moved back to San Diego, she got certified as an EMT. Being EMT certified gives her the confidence to be prepared for the unexpected in life. She is passionate about working with Soccer Shots because she has the opportunity to teach fundamental lessons of teamwork, dedication, confidence and respect in a safe non-competitive environment.
Coach Crys enjoyed pursuing dual degrees in Music Education and Business Administration (emphasis in Accounting and Human Resources), and Minors in Women’s Studies and Criminology. Coach Crys has played soccer from a young age and swam competitively throughout college. Her favorite food is chocolate and tacos, in that order. Her favorite colors are orange, yellow, and pink. She spends her time being as intentional as possible with her family and finding new places to explore with them. A couple of fun facts about Coach Crys is that she tries to read a book a night and enjoys cooking new Keto recipes. Coach Crys is passionate about working at Soccer Shots because of the joy that children bring to soccer. The magic is in the moment they master a skill, throw their hands up in the air, and yell, “I did it, Coach!” Coach Crys is passionate about helping each Soccer Shots team member find their drive and bringing challenge to help them achieve their goals.
Coach Marissa Flores
Coach Marissa has lived in San Diego, California all of her life. She recently graduated from SDSU with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences with a minor in Child and Family Development. She has experience working with preschoolers from working at the SDSU Children’s Center. She also works at a Home Depot where she helps lead the Kid’s Workshop every Saturday. Her favorite food is her mom’s lasagna. Her favorite color is green. Coach Marissa enjoys hiking and spending time with her family. A couple of fun facts about Coach Marissa are that she has traveled to Thailand and that she loves nail polish and will always have a new nail color each week. Coach Marissa is passionate about working at Soccer Shots because she enjoys working with children and hopes to continue working with children as a career.
Coach Farhad is originally from South Africa and made his way to San Diego State University. He graduated from SDSU with a Bachelors in Business. While attending college, coach Farhad coached a youth soccer league in La Jolla and made it to the his division final. He also helped coach the all-star team in the same league and won the division that year.
Coach Farhad started playing soccer at age 13 and his position has always been defense or defensive mid. He was the captain at his high school team and took the second place in his district. Coach Farhad has a great passion for the game and when he is not playing soccer, he is watching it on television. He enjoys watching the English Premier League and if Barcelona is playing that day, he enjoys watching them in the La Liga ( Spanish League).
A Fun fact about coach Farhad is that even though he is a Barcelona and Messi fan, he respects Christiano Ronaldo and loves his work ethic, his leadership and charisma on and off the field. Besides soccer, he played Rugby and Cricket until he moved to the United States. Coach Farhad loves working with kids and really wishes to bring the joy of soccer to them. He always wondered if he started playing at a younger age, would he have had a better opportunity to learn the sport? He wishes to make sure that no kid ever has to wonder what could have been.
Coach Maddy is a born and raised San Diegan who is also an aspiring elementary school teacher pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis on dual language. In high school she was a track star running the 800m and high jump as well as very studious, taking all AP classes and bossing everyone around in her school’s ASB. She loves the dynamics of team encouragement and leading by example, especially participating in such a huge family sport.
Coach Maddy enjoys trips to the beach, walking her huge golden retriever pup Roxy and going out on hikes and runs. She loves smoothies and seafood and her secret talent is being able to speak French!
Maddy is looking forward to the brand new exciting experiences Soccer Shots has to offer while bringing her own positive attitude and enthusiasm with her to every practice. She cannot wait to take on a new adventure here with us at Soccer Shots and make this experience one worth while for everyone.
Coach McCaeley was born in San Diego, but her family moved to Niagara Falls, New York when she was five years old. Once she moved there, her goal has always been to come back to San Diego, and she did that by attending San Diego State University. Coach McCaeley went to high school at Nichols School in Buffalo, New York, playing varsity soccer all four years. She is continuing her education at San Diego State, majoring in Communications and minoring in Business Administration and Child and Family Development. Coach McCaeley has played soccer since the age of three, and she does not plan on stopping anytime soon! For most of her soccer career she played left striker, and for one season she played left defense. Along with soccer, she also played volleyball. Coach McCaeley’s favorite food is Thanksgiving dinner stuffing and her favorite color is yellow. In her spare time she likes to go to concerts, the beach, and do photography. Two fun facts about Coach McCaeley would be that she is vegan and both her mom and two younger sisters play soccer. Coach McCaeley is very passionate and excited about working for Soccer Shots. She continued to play soccer because she had an amazing coach who made soccer enjoyable. She became talented and skilled, and now wants to give the same experience to others. She wants to help children master the sport, and still have fun while learning it.
Coach Sophia was born and raised in San Diego. She chose not to leave for college because the weather is always sunny and she enjoys being close to her family and friends. Sophia did coach children ages 1-11 at the YMCA in a gymnastics and camp setting for four years. She also has spent a year interning with two elementary schools, Hearst and Marvin Elementary, observing and learning child development and teaching strategies. Coach Sophia has just finished her first semester at Point Loma Nazarene University as an exercise and sports science major. She is taking the next couple of semesters at Grossmont College to complete undergraduate studies and plans to transfer back to Point Loma to finish her bachelors and obtain her masters. While Coach Sophia has not played soccer competitively, she grew up playing a wide variety of sports including gymnastics, water polo, diving, volleyball, and more. Honestly, just name a sport and she has most likely played it! Coach Sophia favorite food is by far a blueberry muffin and her favorite color is PURPLE. In her free time, Coach Sophia likes to go and hike different trails with her puppy, Blue. She is very athletic and loves to participate in activities that provide a physical challenge. She also enjoys just hanging out with her friends and going surfing at the beach. Two fun facts about coach Sophia are that she can do a back flip and that she has never been to another country. Coach Sophia became passionate about working for Soccer Shots after hearing about how Soccer Shots educates children on more than just the sport itself. She loved the idea of combining soccer with early learning development and how that can benefit a child on and off the field. Soccer Shots really focuses on developing the overall character of a child and she absolutely loves that. Coach Sophia views herself as a coach, educator and role model that can influence our youth in a positive way. This company provides the perfect opportunity to do just that!
Coach Alex was born in San Diego but lived in Mexico from a newborn to the age of 7. What brought him to live in the state was the school. From the age of 2 was when he started going to school in the States. He would travel by across the border at 4AM, Monday – Friday just to go to school. School was very difficult for him at the time because he really didn’t have anyone to help me because his mother would work late so and his grandparents didn’t exactly know English to understand what he needed help on. One thing for sure was he did understand soccer. Soccer was basically Coach Alex’s escape as a child. Once he had his hands on a ball, his feet couldn’t resist. The only thing that can change his mood would be a ball in between his feet. Coach Alex has been playing soccer most of his life. He says that because at one point he also liked skateboarding. He still skateboards in his free time, especially with his dog Massive. He loves pulling me on his skateboard. In his free time Coach Alex loves spending time with his dog or on the field. He loves playing as forward or midfielder winger. Starting as winger gave him the advantage of making beautiful passes and seeing how the game goes. He also likes to be a striker and the reason for that is his love to score goals. Coach Alex’s favorite color is black and he likes all kinds of food. If it smells good, he will to try it. He is excited to be working with Soccer Shots because not only is he is getting to do what he loves, he gets to help teach it to the youth. He wants to be a friend and a coach to the younger, new generation of soccer players.
Coach Emily was born and raised in San Diego. She enjoys being a local and has nothing but love for this city! She attended The Art Institute of San Diego, California where she received an associate degree in advertising. Although she has never been much of a soccer player, she finds joy in being her younger sisters biggest fan. She plays for the club team, Rebels. She will never say no to Thai food, Italian food, and brunch. On her free time, she geeks out over her favorite Netflix shows, spin classes, and music. Coach Emily enjoys spending time with her family and being foodies with them around the city. Additionally, she loves taking photos of everything. She enjoys design and creative thinking. Coach Emily is passionate about working for Soccer Shots because she is all about self-development. She has a strong desire to grow while positively helping others grow too! She believes in showing up, never giving up, and patience. Coach Emily cannot wait to help children be their highest and best selves through soccer in a safe space. She can’t wait to see them thrive and have fun! “To be able to work with children in a fun environment will be one of the most rewarding experiences I’ll ever have”, says coach Emily.
Coach Alejandro was born in San Diego but raised in Tijuana until he was 14 years old. He then moved back to San Diego to continue his education. Coach Alejandro is currently a student at San Diego State University pursuing a Business Degree in Management. He has been a fan of watching and playing soccer since he was 9 years old. His favorite soccer position is left wing because he likes to be involved with the offense but also be able to help the team on defense. His favorite food is tacos and his favorite color is blue. In his free time, Coach Alejandro really likes to play soccer with his friends and also play video games every chance he gets. Some fun facts about Coach Alejandro are that he used to skateboard from 11-14 years old, he loves dogs, and he met one of his best friends playing video games online. He is really passionate working for Soccer Shots because he strongly believes that soccer is one of the best sports out there that teaches valuable life lessons to children such as teamwork, communication, empathy, respect, and much more! All of this while having fun!
Coach Jae is from the Bay Area, specifically San Ramon. He originally came to San Diego for the nursing program at SDSU; however, he ended up changing his major to Information Systems. Coach Jae loves eating so it’s always hard picking his favorite food. Poke is one of his favorite foods and his favorite color is any shade of blue! In his free time, Coach Jae enjoys watching Netflix, hanging out with friends, going to the gym, and playing video games. A fun fact about Coach Jae is that he has a long-haired Siamese mix cat named Taengoo. She is the cutest cat in the world (not biased of course) but ironically, he is allergic to her. Another fun fact is that he is rarely serious. Coach Jae is a pretty goofy person and he jokes around a lot. His fraternity is based on community service, specifically for the under-served youth, so Coach Jae works with youth a lot and he really enjoys it. He is passionate about bringing his enthusiasm to Soccer Shots and being a positive impact on children!
Coach Jesus was born and raised in San Diego California but, his family is from Cotija De La Paz Michoacan Mexico. His whole family lives in San Diego and he loves the weather here. Coach Jesus has always had an interest and love for soccer. He graduated from West Hills High School and is currently enrolled at Grossmont College working on getting his bachelor’s degree in psychology. Coach Jesus has been playing soccer since he was 2 years old. He has played in a few teams in his teenage years and was in the finals 2 times as a striker or attacking midfielder. His Favorite color blue and his favorite food is sushi. In his free time, Coach Jesus likes to play video games, hang out with friends, see movies, and play sports. Two fun facts about Coach Jesus are that he used to be afraid of heights and when he has to fix something he always watches a YouTube guide. He is passionate about working in Soccer Shots because it is an opportunity to combine two things he enjoys: soccer and seeing the way children react to their accomplishments. “It makes me smile every time”, says Coach Jesus.
Coach Charen was born and raised in San Diego, California. She is a recent graduate of San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management with an emphasis in Human Resources. Growing up, Coach Charen played softball and competed in various dance competitions. Her favorite food is sushi and her favorite colors are pastel colors such as pastel pink, blue, and purple. During her free time she enjoys going to concerts, playing with her dog Riley, and spending time with her family and friends. One fun fact about Coach Charen is that she lived in Japan from 2012-2014 and graduated high school there at the navy base in Yokosuka. Another fun fact about Coach Charen is that she has a small stationery collection. Coach Charen is passionate about working for Soccer Shots and impacting children. It’s important for her to be able to develop relationships with families and children to help build confidence in children. She believes it is very rewarding and very fun.
Coach Darby is originally from Sacramento and now lives in San Diego to attend San Diego State University. She is finishing her sophomore year at SDSU and is majoring in International Business, with an emphasis in Western Europe and Spanish. Coach Darby has played soccer for about two to three years, until she moved onto cheer leading. She cheered for 6 years and coached the junior program for 4 years! Her favorite color is yellow and her favorite food is probably anything with barbecue sauce. In her free time, Coach Darby loves to go to the beach with her friends and family! Some fun facts about Coach Darby are that she is one of six kids in her family and for half her childhood she grew up in Chicago! She is passionate about working for Soccer Shots because she cannot wait to be a role model for the children and be by their side when they are learning not only soccer, but lessons that will last a lifetime!
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