Coach Amanda is from Staten Island, New York. She moved to San Diego in 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’s 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 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 being a soccer coach and having fun with all the 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 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 for sports, character development, and healthy lifestyles with your children!
Coach Carson was born in San Diego and has lived here his whole life. He has graduated from San Diego High School of International Studies and plans to continue his studies at CSUSM.
Coach Carson has been playing soccer for 16 years. He started out as a right midfielder/forward for a few years then played center-back for a while and finally has been playing center-mid for the past 6-7 years. His favorite food is watermelon and his favorite color is blue. In his free time, he likes to work out and hang with friends.
A fun fact about Coach Carson is that he is 6 ft 2 inches tall and has really deep dimples. He loves all our Soccer Shots games because they are awesome and exciting but his favorite game is “Mr. Fox”. Coach Carson believes that kids should get a solid foundation for soccer at a young age.
He feels that at Soccer Shots we can provide kids with what they need, like the beginning fundamentals of soccer, to further their soccer career without having to worry about the simple skills of soccer later on.
Coach Courtney was born and raised in San Diego. She is a recent graduate from Colorado State University-Global Campus with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing. Growing up she played soccer, starting with AYSO and then moving on to playing club for the Chula Vista Rangers.
Coach Courtney was an aggressive, and strong defensive player, but occasionally would play midfield. Her favorite foods are pizza and tacos, and her favorite color is purple. Coach Courtney enjoys doing a variety of activities during her free time like painting, going to the beach, and enjoying some lazy time with her dog.
Two fun facts about her are that she is guilty of being obsessed with anything Disney and she loves to bake. Coach Courtney is passionate about working with Soccer Shots to help children learn and develop the skills they will need to further their love for soccer. She hopes the children will love soccer as much as she did when she was younger.
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, who graduated from 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 an 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 1970s.
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 in 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 loves shoes and the street clothing that pairs with them. Another fun fact about him is that he loves 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 Felicity grew up in Fresno, CA, and graduated from CSU Monterey Bay with a Bachelors’s in Psychology. She moved to San Diego in 2019 to pursue a Master’s degree in Counseling and Guidance to attend Point Loma Nazarene University. Soccer is Coach Felicity’s favorite sport that she has been involved with since she was five years old and is ambidextrous with both feet. Her favorite position is a striker but she also enjoys playing defense and left or right midfield!
She also plays disc golf and went on to win the Women’s National Collegiate Disc Golf Championship with her team at CSUMB. GO OTTERS! Coach Felicity’s favorite food consists of anything with pasta and her favorite color is any shade of blue. During her free time, she likes to play video games with friends, be active through sports and walk her dog.
A couple of fun facts about Coach Felicity is that she can make a dolphin noise along with other animal noises and lived in Germany (Hanau) for a year when she was younger. Coach Felicity’s passion for impacting children comes from the desire to positively impact youth through her favorite sport. She loves building confidence through a variety of learning skills and promoting character development and experiencing the momentum of their progress.
She values respect and teaching children what that is all about as well as being silly! Incorporating team-building exercises and creating partnerships within her community is one way she hopes to reach children at this development stage of their life. Through taking children’s wants and needs into consideration, she hopes to provide a healthy fun positive environment for all.
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 Michael is originally from Portland, OR. He moved to San Diego back in 2005 for a new job. The majority of his career has been spent building sales teams within multiple industries, including healthcare and human resources.
Although Coach Michael never played competitive soccer, he has spent the last three years coaching both his boys in various soccer teams. Coach Michael competed in various sports including baseball, wrestling, and hockey.
Coach Michael has a twin sister and is a 4x fantasy football champion. He has a passion for building relationships. Joining the Soccer Shots team allows him to be a kid at heart and role model for his players.
Coach Nina grew up in the Bay Area (Northern California), but attended UC Riverside for college. While in Southern California she fell in love with the beaches and culture of San Diego so upon graduation decided to move down! At UC Riverside, Coach Nina studied Political Science with a focus on International Relations. This gave her the opportunity to branch out and experience things outside of the Riverside campus which led her to travel and live in Spain and DC over the last year.
While in Europe she was able to visit Portugal and Morocco as well and both of these trips have made her want to visit many more countries in the near future. Coach Nina had played soccer for most of her life, growing up she was both on club and school teams and in college played intramural soccer. When Coach Nina was younger, she played goalkeeper and center defender but when she got to high school switched to only playing defender as her best friend was also a goalkeeper.
Throughout high school and recreational in college Coach Nina played both basketball and volleyball as well. Coach Nina’s favorite color is maroon and her favorite food is Thai, although she is a huge foodie so that’s super hard to pick just one. In her free time, she is usually either plant shopping, at the beach, or out hiking.
Fun facts, Coach Nina has played the piano since she was 4 years old, and while in DC Coach Nina met and has a picture with Bill Nye the Science Guy! She is passionate about working for Soccer Shots because soccer played such an integral part in her own growing up and development that she wants the opportunity to pass on that kind of experience to other kids as well.
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