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. 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 him 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 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-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.
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 hanging 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 grass more than the actual 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 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 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’s favorite food is by far the 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 when he was born to the age of 7. What brought him to live in the states was school. From the age of 2 was when he started going to school in the States. He would travel 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 him because his mother would work late 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 Coach Alex 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 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 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 Cielo was born and raised in San Diego, California. San Diego will forever be her favorite place because it’s sunny all year. Coach Cielo recently graduated from high school. Soccer is something she is passionate about, therefore she decided to expand her career in something she enjoys. She has played soccer since she was eight years old. Coach Cielo started as a defense and when she got to high school she ended up as a goalie. Her favorite color is white because it’s simple and pure. In her free time she likes to go out with friends, have small road trips, go to the beach, and go hiking. 2 fun facts about Coach Cielo are that she has two dogs and that she has a birthmark on her eye so it’s 2 different colors. Coach Cielo is passionate about working for Soccer Shots because we teach soccer and character building skills!
Coach Natalie is so excited to share her knowledge of soccer with all of our super Soccer Shot stars! Natalie began playing soccer at the age of 7 and has always played midfield and forward! She is left footed and left handed and enjoys scoring a lot of goals! Coach Natalie has had a lot of experience through some great soccer opportunities and continues to play to this day. Her favorite team is Barcelona. Natalie has coached along the California coast including Monterey, Orange County, and San Diego. She played at Cal State Monterey Bay in college as well as the under 20 Women’s Guatemalan National soccer team! Natalie also enjoys the beach, golf, and bowling. Coach Natalie’s favorite soccer player is Lionel Messi because he is left footed and quick just like her. Natalie looks forward to sharing her passion for soccer and have fun teaching games and moves with our soccer friends!
Coach Rachel is from Encinitas, CA. She has lived in Southern California her whole life and now attends San Diego State University. She studies International Business with an emphasis on Spanish in Latin America. She played soccer growing up and has been on both club and school teams. Rachel mainly played defense as a right back, but occasionally would play as a midfielder. In addition to soccer, Rachel played both indoor and beach volleyball, lacrosse, and field hockey! Her favorite food is pizza and her favorite color is blue. In her free time, Rachel enjoys going to the beach with friends and having bonfires. She also enjoys going on camping trips and snowboarding. Two fun facts about Rachel are that she has two older sisters and two golden retriever dogs. Rachel wants to positively impact the children that she coaches. She has had coaches that acted as role models for her in the past and she wants to reciprocate the same.
Coach Kylie says she is from anywhere and everywhere! The longest place she lived was a town called Cedar City, Utah! Most recently though, she moved to San Diego from Washington DC. Kylie has been working with kids since she can remember! She study deaf education for the beginning of her college experience but realized her true passion was to work with all kids! She now is focusing on Marriage/Family studies and Child Advocacy. Kylie grew up playing many sports (basketball, volleyball, track). She never got into soccer as a young girl. At 20 she met the love of her life and he taught her the error of her ways and the true ways of soccer! Now she enjoys rooting for her favorite team “Real Salt Lake”. Kylie’s favorite color is turquoise. In her free time she loves taking her scruffy terrier Bruiser to the dog beach. Kylie is extremely passionate about kickboxing and has started looking into competing in smaller leagues. Kylie has also been to 35 states out of the 50 and has a bucket list to make it to all 50 states! What makes Kylie so excited about working in Soccer Shots is the passion that is not only felt but encouraged to bring an amazing experience to so many kids across the board. The impact that coaches have on children can be so crucial! Kylie is so excited to be part of this opportunity!
Coach Marcos began his career in Business Administration in Mexico where he was born, being bilingual and bicultural he came to San Diego to be closer to family and to find better opportunities. One thing he was able to carry over was his passion for soccer, as soon as he arrived to the states he was able to join a team and start playing again. Marcos has been playing soccer for more than 30 years, he truly loves the sport, his favorite position is forward. He also enjoys movie nights at home with his family, especially during his favorite time of year which is Halloween. In Soccer Shots Marcos is able to combine his educational background with his passion for the game and impact children by building character through soccer.
Coach Izzy was born and raised in San Diego. After completing High School, she moved to different cities mostly Northern California. Her love to be close to her family brought her back to our beautiful San Diego where the beach is never too far. Soccer was an important part of her childhood as her brother was on a soccer team and she looked forward to Saturday mornings where she would cheer him on. Throughout college she attended various soccer tournaments as well as keeping up with the World Cup. Her love for the sport and her passion for children brought her to Soccer Shots. Coach Izzy enjoys volunteering for summer school camps where she is able to impact each child with her energetic personality. She spends her days off exploring nearby cities. As well as, enjoying the company of family and friends. Regardless, of where she’s going she loves finding small mom and pop places to eat.
Coach Jacob comes from San Diego, which is also where he was born. Since San Diego is so nice he decided to stay in San Diego. Coach Jacob went to Lincoln High School. He has played soccer for years, but he only plays for fun; and he usually plays as goalie. Jacob has also played volleyball. His favorite food is spicy tacos which are so good. Coach Jacob has a lot of pets, one time he had 15 pets; he also plays an instrument called shofar. He is passionate about working at Soccer Shots because he loves to play soccer for fun, and he also loves having fun and being silly with children and impacting their lives in a positive way.
Coach Jourdan is originally from Bean Station, Tennessee. The military brought her to San Diego. She has served in the military for 10 years and has a background in several different avenues but her AA is in General Studies. She has been playing soccer since 2003 and first started out playing left defense but found a real place as a Keeper. She didn’t only play Soccer, Coach Jourdan also played Basketball, Volleyball, and Rugby. Her favorite colors are red and grey. In free time she enjoys spending time with family, doing hobbies like painting, archery, playing the Ukulele. A fun fact about Coach Jourdan is her love for music. “It is like she has a song for everything”. She is excited and passionate about working with Soccer Shots and impacting children because though she cannot have kids of her own. She would like to instill the leadership and values that were taught during her days playing soccer.
Coach Chase is from San Diego, California! Her father was in the military and has been stationed in San Diego; His job allowed her to grow up here! Her educational background is in History and anthropology. Coach Chase is still currently in college, getting ready to transfer for her dual bachelor’s degree! She has been playing soccer since she was 4! Coach Chase played goalkeeper at a young age, but evolved into a speedy, center forward and continued to play forward throughout her entire 15-year soccer career! She attempted to be in a swim team as well as track and field! Coach Chase loves to run! Her favorite color is any dark color like grey, black, and honestly, she loves the pure white color as well! Her favorite food currently is anything that revolves around the Taiwanese culture! In her free time, Coach Chase loves to read, workout/run, make sure to get her school work done, and she very much enjoys spending time with her friends! Two interesting facts about her would be one, that she is named after Dr. Chase Meridian from Batman Forever, and second, she can put her legs behind her head haha! Coach Chase is very passionate about working for Soccer Shots because from the time she can remember she has always wanted to impact children in a very remarkable way! She always wanted to use her skills to help children grow not only as an individual but as a skilled soccer player as well! Soccer Shots allows her to do both and that is why Coach Chase is very passionate about working for this organization!
Coach Nina Gaines was born and raised in Mililani, Hawaii, and has recently graduated from Punahou School. She moved to San Diego, to further her college education in biological sciences and eventually attend veterinary school. Coach Nina’s passion for soccer began when she was only 4 years old, her position being a midfielder. Unfortunately, Coach Nina had to stop playing 10 years later due to an injury. Though from her time playing soccer, Coach Nina believes that her experiences from Soccer helped her excel in all other athletic outlets in her life including softball, volleyball, and lacrosse. Coach Nina’s love for working with children started when she was only 12 years old after becoming an aunt herself. After watching her eight nephews and nieces grow, as well as working with children for her child-development class in high school, she realized the importance of creating a positive and safe environment for children. Similarly, they are able to discover the world and themselves. Thus began her journey to spark motivation within the eyes of any child she works with.
Coach Nina’s favorite color is green and her absolute favorite food would be sushi! In her free time, Coach Nina loves to sing Jazz music as well as play songs on the Ukulele. A fun fact about Coach Nina, she has a 60lbs labradoodle named Kylo (named after Kylo Ren from Star Wars), and he loves playing soccer just as much as Coach Nina does. Another fun fact about Nina, other than Kylo, Coach Nina recently rescued a Border Collie mix named Juneau (named after one of Nina’s favorite places, Juneau, Alaska). She is very excited to work and to teach soccer, she believes in team sports. Coach Nina also knows the importance sports bring for a child to build a strong foundation for the future.
Flor grew up in San Jose, CA. Her husband is in the military and got stationed in San Diego and she loves every part of San Diego. She loves living so close to the beach . Coach Flor graduated from California State University Long Beach. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and minored in Human Resource Management. While coach Flor does not necessarily play soccer, she does enjoy watching it and cheering for her favorite teams. Her favorite colors are purple and green. Her favorite food is TACOS, and she will eat as many as possible! On her free time she enjoys taking her dog out for walks, exploring the city, or going to the beach. Two fun facts about Coach Flor are that she collects Starbucks mugs from all the places she’s traveled to, and she also loves dogs! Coach Flor is excited and passionate to make an impact on her community by working with children.
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