Coach Julio Mauricio
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 Blumen
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 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 Budzynzki
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 Melanie Hernandez
Melanie is originally from Baja California, Mexico and moved to San Diego when she was 8 years old. It was challenging to learn the language and adapt to the culture at first, but those challenges pushed her to strive to be her best self. Melanie believe she was lucky to be given given the opportunity to grow up in such a beautiful city where there is so much to do year-round.
She recently received her Associates Degrees in Business Administration and Economics from Grossmont College. Her next step is to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from San Diego State University and hopefully get her Master’s there too.
Melanie joined Soccer Shots as a Business Admin Intern to gain insight in how a business is operated. It has been great to be part of a team that is so accepting and encouraging that I am becoming a Soccer Shots coach. She looks forward to the impact she will have on children, but also how they will impact her.
Melanie did not have the opportunity to play sports growing up, but she would have loved to be a part of a program like Soccer Shots. We teach children more than the fundamental skills of soccer and give them the tools necessary to thrive as individuals. Becoming a coach is her way of giving back to the community. Self-growth is important to Melanie and she hopes to inspire confidence and determination in the children she interacts with.
One of her goals is to become trilingual and learn to speak and write Japanese. The color yellow brings her joy and her favorite flowers are sunflowers.Melanie enjoys going hiking and going to the gym as a relief for stress. Once she pushes herself physically and mentally, she is ready to take on the next challenge of the day. Melanie recently found out that she really likes to spend time taking care of succulents and hope to soon have a beautiful garden with a variety of plants.
Coach Briana Gansch
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 Sal Gonzalez
Coach Sal was born and raised in San Diego. I currently attend Grossmont College and am majoring in Business Management. He graduated from Chula Vista High School, where he was a tri-athlete and also continued to play volleyball at Southwestern College. In his free time he love to surf, hike, and enjoy the beautiful city of San Diego. Coach Sal’s favorite colors are red and gold. Two fun facts about him is that he is a really silly person and that he doesn’t know how to whistle!
Coach Sal joined Soccer Shots because he loved the enthusiasm of the company. Bringing joy to the kids while teaching them soccer and keeping them active is amazing. Working with kids has always been a passion for him, as he has 3 younger siblings that he loves to coach as well. His goal is to be the awesome coach that the kids will never forget!
Coach Maddy Wheeler
Coach Maddy journeyed from Orange County, CA to Charlotte, NC and now in Allied Gardens, CA. Coach Maddy joins our team from Soccer Shots, Charlotte, where she was a mentor coach for four years. Soccer has been Coach Maddy’s passion since she started playing at age 4.
Her favorite food is Mediterranean food. Her favorite color is orange. Coach Maddy enjoys spending time with family, finding new coffee shops, and going to the local farmer’s market. A couple fun facts about Coach Maddy are that she has driven cross country twice and the day her cousin got engaged, she facetimed to share the news and her sister’s dog Brody, jumped up hit her in the nose and broke it!
Coach Maddy is passionate about working at Soccer Shots because we are able to make a positive impact for every child and family that comes through our program, through the teachings and learnings of our curriculum. There really is no better feeling than watching a child master their first airplane move with such pride and joy on their face.
Coach Diego Grizzle
Coach Diego journeyed from California to Virginia and now back to California. He is currently enrolled at Southwestern College as a History Major with an Administration Minor. His goal is to transfer to SDSU, complete his degree and pursue his Master’s in Administration. Coach Diego hopes to be a Principal. He has played soccer from the age of three and he thrives as goalie.
His favorite food is Italian and he loves to cook pasta as much as he can. His favorite color is turquoise, a mix of green and blue. Coach Diego enjoys going to the gym, hanging out with friends and family, trying different foods and exploring new places! A couple of fun fact about Coach Diego is that he loves shoes and matching his clothes to his shoes!
Coach Diego is passionate about working at Soccer Shots because the age groups that we work with are so retainable to new information. It allows us to make, the biggest and best impact in 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 Moschella
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!
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 travelled 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 Lauren Marshall
Coach Lauren is a local San Diego girl! She grew up in Encinitas and spent most of her childhood on soccer fields all over San Diego county. She played competitively on San Diego Surf Soccer for 8 years. She was also a multi-sport athlete at La Costa Canyon High School where she played not only in soccer, but volleyball and track & field as well. Lauren continued her soccer career with a scholarship to play at Point Loma Nazarene University. There, she played four years as a center and outside midfielder. She graduated in 2011 with a Bachelors in Kinesiology focusing on Physical Education.
Upon graduating, Coach Lauren spent 6 years cruising around the world while managing the youth program onboard Crystal Cruises. This experience grew her passion for not only travel but working with kids. Being around kids makes Coach Lauren genuinely happy. To continue her passion for working with kids, she became a member of the San Diego Apex Fun Run Team. There, she led a team of athletes into elementary schools all over the county to put on a highly energized and successful two-week fundraising program. The program’s mission is to build leaders in today’s youth through daily character- focused leadership lessons in the classrooms. When Coach Lauren, also known as “Scorin’ Lauren,” was not in the classroom, you could always find her playing soccer with the kids at recess!
When Coach Lauren came across an opportunity to be a Coach at Soccer Shots she knew she couldn’t pass it up. It’s a perfect match! Coach Lauren fell in love with soccer at an early age and it has taught her so many lessons both on and off the field. She is eager to not only coach but to impact! Her mission is aligned with Soccer Shots which is to positively impact children’s lives– focusing on making every child feel important, valued and empowered. Coach Lauren’s coaching style is fun, silly and engaging.
“I am so excited to get to know every child that comes through my program! We are going to grow together not only as soccer players but leaders! I love teaching new games and character words so the children are constantly learning new things and of course while having fun! At Soccer Shots we take a “shot” on every child and empower them to reach their full potential! See you on the soccer field.” Coach Lauren can’t wait to share her passion, through coaching, with your children.
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