Director of Coaching
Coach Sean was born and raised in East Sussex, United Kingdom. He started playing soccer from a very young age and it rapidly became his bread and butter. He played for club teams and attended a couple of academies throughout his academic years. Sean’s real journey and passion for coaching came when he captained a club for 5 years then moved into player/ coaching mode. He moved to the United States in 2014 and got hooked on coaching youth soccer. Sean is currently a licensed coach who is still eager to learn more. Coaching America’s future soccer players is the best job in the world and he feels as though he has so much to give back to the sport!
Director of Development
Coach Jon has aggressively consumed soccer since 1989. He started coaching in 2005 and has spent well over 250 hours attaining coaching licenses and certifications. Jon has coached players from age 2 through 19 including multiple Division One collegiate athletes. He has coached high school soccer for 6 years and spent 16 months working full-time at a nationwide recognized soccer academy. Having played soccer on 5 continents, Jon offers a unique perspective and fresh approach. He played collegiate soccer at Bethel University and in Chicago alongside teamates from Europe, South America & Africa. He also serves as the Technical Skill Director for North Suburban Soccer Association.
Coach Sam grew up in Wisconsin, but currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As the oldest of five Sam grew up surrounded by kids. He has a history as a volunteer in kids care programs, as a teacher in summer camps, and as a leader of kid activities during missions. Sam has played soccer since he was twelve, and in high school and college teams. He also loves to play pick-up whenever he can, and has played with locals during his travels into different countries, including Turkey, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Peru! Sam looks forward to each session with Soccer Shots, and loves to teach to the kids his favorite thing about soccer: Have fun!
Coach Charlie has been coaching soccer since the age of 15 in Wisconsin, where he was born and raised. He has always been excited by sports, having played many through childhood, but he has a clear favorite in soccer. Since attending the University Of Minnesota, Coach Charlie is always looking for opportunities to play the sport he loves and pass on his passion for the game onto the next generations. Coach Charlie likes to make music and soccer videos, write session plans and watch soccer when not coaching or playing – which isn’t very often!
Coach Joe grew up in Madison, WI and now resides in Minneapolis, MN. He has been competitively playing organized soccer since kindergarten. Joe attended college at the University of Minnesota, where he discovered his passion for an active lifestyle and working with children. He has been the Assistant Director at YMCA Camp Ihduhapi for the past few summers while also coaching various basketball teams. Joe is extremely enthusiastic to be teaching soccer and various life skills to the youth of today!
Coach Cassie grew up in Oakdale, MN and currently resides in North Saint Paul, MN. She started playing soccer at the young age of three and continued to play all the way through college. She played collegiate soccer at Minnesota State University, Mankato and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science. She then moved out to Mount Pleasant, MI and earned her Master’s in Sports Administration and was the Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach for the Central Michigan University Women’s Soccer Team for four seasons. When she moved back to Minnesota, she served as the Eagan YMCA Sports Director before joining the Soccer Shots team. Her and her husband Nate enjoy going golfing, playing cribbage, exploring new cities and attractions and hanging out with their dog Roscoe. She has a real passion for working with youth and loves being able to positively impact their growth and development and of course, having the opportunity to share her passion for soccer!
Coach Jordan has a true passion for working with children. She holds a degree in Elementary Education at UW-River Falls and is currently teaching elementary school children. She has worked with children extensively over the past several years babysitting, working at a daycare, being a camp counselor, and refereeing soccer. Jordan also has experience playing soccer as she played from the ages of 3 to 13. She currently enjoys being active by hiking, jogging, and snowboarding. She is excited to get to use her talents and passions to coach with Soccer Shots.
Coach Molly is a native of Eagan, MN where she started playing soccer at the age of 5. She played for Eagan High School and also intramurals a the University of Minnesota where she graduated from with a degree in Kinesiology. In addition to soccer, Molly also played hockey and track growing up. On top of playing sports, she enjoys rollerblading and hanging out with friends and family. She has experience working as a paraprofessional for District 196 schools, a rehab aide at the Courage Kenny Rehab Center, and as a hockey coach for various hockey camps. She is a great addition to our team and brings a lot of knowledge and energy to the pitch!
Coach Leo has been playing soccer since he was in high school. Originally from Chicago, he moved to Minneapolis to attend the University of Minnesota where he will be graduating in the spring of 2017. He really loves working with children and has enjoyed many summers working as a lifeguard at a pool near his house. In the future, Leo hopes to become a Pharmacist!
Coach Megan grew up in Bloomington and played soccer since age 8. She played varsity soccer for Bloomington Kennedy and was named to the all conference and all state team as a senior. She also played for an U19 women’s traveling team while in Minnesota. She lived in Texas for 20 years where she raised 2 children who graduated from college and now have fulfilling careers. In Texas, Megan taught preschool, was a summer day camp instructor, volunteered as a youth soccer coach and was an assistant coach for an U14 club team. She also took a coaches training course and holds a D coaching license. She has played soccer through her adulthood. In her free time, she likes to watch youth soccer, lacrosse, and football as well as all college and professional sports. She is happy to be back “home” to be with her friends and family.
Coach Justin grew up playing soccer in Westminster, Colorado. He then went on to play soccer for Concordia College in Moorhead, MN where he was a four-year starter, two-year captain, and two-time all-MIAC honorable mention. He graduated in 2015 with a degree in English and moved to the twin cities area in August. Justin has been coaching youth soccer since 2012, first with Tri-City Storm Soccer in Fargo and now with Blaine Soccer Club! He is pursuing a career in youth soccer and he’s excited to be on the Soccer Shots team!
Coach Carol has been playing her whole life. She came from a soccer family where her two older brothers and parents also played soccer. She is originally from Plymouth Minnesota and now lives in River Falls Wisconsin. Coach Carol has also worked as a nanny, cook, and a caregiver at the YMCA. Some of her hobbies, besides soccer, are going for runs, cooking, traveling, and scuba diving. She is very excited to be working with Soccer Shots to spread the love for soccer.
Coach Heder has played soccer since he was 8 years old. He has been playing soccer in his dad’s soccer team where they have won countless league championships. Coach Heder has also played High School Varsity for the Richfield Spartans. He is eager to keep learning and moving up in coaching to eventually reach college or professional coaching. In his free time you can find him, camping, fishing, hiking, paddle boarding, playing soccer, or at a lot of restaurants checking out their special dish.
Coach Sarah grew up in Woodbury and currently attends school at the University of Minnesota. From day one, Sarah was on the move, climbing and jumping on anything she could or couldn’t reach. She is always high-energy and channels some of that energy into coaching high school cheerleaders. Sarah is incredibly excited to coach soccer and help encourage young children to get up and play! In the future, Sarah would love to use her Food Science degree to teach children about food and cooking.
Coach Bridget is a student at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education. She grew up in St. Paul and enjoys spending her time with her friends, her big family, and loves to cook, laugh, and spend time in the sun. She has experience with children babysitting and nannying and working as a caregiver at the neighborhood church. She has been playing soccer since she could walk and hasn’t stopped since.
Coach Matt grew up in Forest Lake and started playing soccer when he was only 3 years old. He played club soccer growing up and it quickly became his passion. Having played in high school and college he wishes for kids to grow up loving and excelling in the sport, with the goal of playing competitive in the future. He has coached kids for the YMCA as well as other soccer programs around the Twin Cities. Matt is excited for the opportunity to be a part of Soccer Shots and help the youth develop their skills. He plans on finishing school and obtain a bachelor’s degree in sport management and being involved with soccer, working, coaching, or playing for the rest of his life!
Taylor is a native of Menomonie, WI, where he grew up playing soccer from an early age. Taylor graduated college in 2016 and is currently a graduate student at UW-River Falls, where he studies School Counseling. Taylor’s passion for working with children is evident as he has over 10 year of experience with children. Taylor works for the River Falls School District as a program lead in the district’s before and after school program. Throughout his different jobs Taylor places an emphasis on the growth of every child, and works to help them learn and improve every day. In his free time Taylor loves camping, music, hiking, and being outdoors.
Coach Josh grew up in Russia until he was adopted at the age of 9 and found his new home in Wichita, Kansas. Josh first fell in love with soccer while playing with his friends in the Russian orphanage. Josh has played competitive soccer since the age of 9, including being on the 2011 Trinity Academy State Championship team. Josh was also a four-year starter of the Manhattan Christian College (MCC) men’s soccer team with four trips to the national NCCAA tournament. Joshua has always loved kids and has served in a variety of capacities in his church. He is newly married and new to Minnesota. Josh is finishing up his last year of his Business Management and Ethics degree at MCC. He is super excited to not only be working with children-but also passing on his love of the game through Soccer Shots!
Coach Melissa is from Superior, Wisconsin. She started playing soccer when she was 4 years old! Growing up she also played Basketball, Volleyball and Softball. Coach Melissa knew from the young age of 10 that she wanted to work with children. She currently attends the University Of Wisconsin – River Falls with a major in Psychology. Coach Melissa is also a supply specialist in the Wisconsin Army National Guard. She loves to travel and learn about exciting things in history!
Coach Amanda grew up in McCall, Idaho before going to college in Madison, Wisconsin for kinesiology and then massage therapy school in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She grew up playing soccer from the early age of 5 and also transitioned into other sports throughout her early childhood. Cross county running and cross country skiing were among her favorites! Coach Amanda also coaches Girls On The Run along with volunteer coaching her children. Her family leads a very active lifestyle!
Coach Alycia has been playing soccer since the age of 4. Shes enjoys sharing her knowledge over the years with the youth of today whilst having lots of fun! Currently working as a Correctional Deputy, Alycia has a work history in child care/human services, coaching and at risk youth mentoring. Coach Alycia believes there is never a dull moment with kids and loves that there is always something to learn!
Coach Julie grew up in Stillwater, Minnesota. She started playing Soccer when she was 8 years old. Growing up she also played Basketball, Golf and ran track. At the age of 12 she was certified as a MYSA Referee. She recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin, River Falls with a major in Elementary Education and a minor in mathematics.
Coach Julie also loves traveling and learning about different cultures and trying new foods!
Coach Eli has been playing Soccer for over 13 years in a multitude of different settings. While currently living in St. Paul, he grew up in Northfield, Minnesota, where an enormous soccer community exists despite being a smaller town. At 14 Eli began coaching his younger brothers traveling club team, and having enjoyed this experience immensely. Coach Eli decided to continue coaching children at varying skill levels for many years. Along with this, Eli has worked closely with younger children and the community as part of the youth board at Northfield’s Union of Youth. The ability to transfer the knowledge and love of the beautiful game to children is priceless!
Coach David was born and raised in Germany, until he moved to Minnesota at the age of eleven. His father was a semiprofessional player, and thus, the sport quickly became his passion. He started playing club when he was four and is still going strong. In Minneapolis, soccer became more than a sport, it became a way to connect with the cultures, and the people around him. In college, David noticed that the competitive environment lacked cooperative character. Instead of pursuing a competitive career, he developed a joy for passing on his passion. David, always wants to learn more about child development and tries to teach his younger siblings, ages two and five as much as he can. After doing an internship at a soccer summer camp for two consecutive years, he was eager to further pursue a career as a youth instructor. Currently, David is finishing his transfer degree at MCTC, and is looking forward to finishing his education at the U of M to become a chiropractor.
Coach Jenna was born and raised in Minnesota. She started playing soccer at 13 and has loved it ever since. She has experience working with youth in Minnesota, Japan, and the United Kingdom. During her time at the University of Wisconsin- River Falls, she designed a research project on football being used to battle social exclusion in the UK. She worked with organizations in that used football to reduce homelessness and youth crime. Soccer and development quickly became a passion which lead her to becoming a coach for Soccer Shots She hopes to use soccer to inspire future generations.
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Coach Dave grew up with a dad in the army so have had the opportunity to live in many different states and areas around the country. He has lived in Minnesota for 12 years. Soccer became his passion during the World Cup in 2006, and he has been in love with the sport since then. In his free time, Coach Dave enjoys volunteering and giving time back to the community. Dave also enjoys watching baseball and spending time with his niece, who is the light of his life! Soccer and youth development are his two favorite things about life and he loves being a coach at soccer shots!
Coach Pablo grew up in Concepcion, Chile and started playing soccer almost as soon as he could walk. Growing up, he played on many different teams in his neighborhood, high school and university, and with family and coworkers. Coach Pablo moved to Minnesota in 2012. Here, he has coached kids of different ages in club teams and in after school soccer programs with Minneapolis Public Schools. He works as an Associate Educator at Justice Page Middle School in Minneapolis. Coach Pablo is a licensed soccer coach and very happy to have the opportunity to share his South American soccer culture and experience on the field.
Coach Samuel grew up in East St. Paul, Minnesota. Between being the youngest of nine children and helping out with his mother’s daycare, he acquired a love for teaching and working with children. He started playing soccer at the age of five and has never loved another sport more than this one. On top of playing soccer, he has been swimming his entire life and coached swimming lessons for 3 years. Sam has played High School and club soccer and hopes to continue playing forever. Sam is passionate about teaching and soccer and wants to spread the joy it brings him.
Coach Joe grew up in Middleton, Wisconsin. He began playing soccer at the age of 5 and continued to play through high school. He graduated from the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities with a degree in Kinesiology and a minor in Spanish Studies in 2018. Coach Joe has had 2 years of experience as a Youth sports coach at a summer camp in Middleton and loves the fun and goofy nature of working with children. In his free time, he likes to play sports, exercise, and enjoys cooking.
Coach Ana grew up in White Bear Lake Minnesota and is currently attending the University of Minnesota Twin Cities majoring in Early Childhood Education. She is also in the University of Minnesota Marching Band. You might have seen her perform with Justin Timberlake in the Super Bowl! She ran Varsity Track and Cross Country in high school, and although she didn’t play soccer on a team, she still loved to play with her friends! Ana has a passion working with kids and has done so in many settings, including day cares and summer programs. Ana loves being crazy and silly, especially while coaching soccer!
Coach Elise has been playing soccer since she was 4 and played competitively through high school. Elise grew up in Stillwater, MN and now attends college in Tacoma, Washington as a psychology major and business admin minor. She loves the midwest, photography, spending time at the cabin, watching hockey, practicing yoga, and simply being active. She has been a nanny/babysitter for 7 years, and has experience with being a camp counselor and a youth group leader. Through coaching with Soccer Shots she hopes to help kids grow and continue to discover their passions and talents.
Devin was born and raised in Seattle, WA. He started playing soccer at the young age of five. It quickly became his first passion in life. He played soccer at Saint Martin’s University and Evergreen State College. After graduating from Evergreen in 2015, Devin moved to Billings, MT with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps NW. He served in Pryor, MT at a K-8 school as a reading a math tutor for two years. From this experience Devin developed a passion for working with kids in an educational setting. After completing his second year of service, Devin moved to Minneapolis in the summer of 2018. He plans to go back to school to get a counseling degree.
Coach Haley was born and raised in St.Paul, MN. She started playing soccer at the age of 4 with her brothers. She played on recreational teams, club teams and played in college. In 2016 she received her degree in Education from Saint Catherine University and began working as a paraprofessional in an elementary school. She has coached soccer for different youth programs and volunteered as a coach at a recreational center. She is sooooo excited to coach youth soccer again and to learn something new from the children!
Coach Lauren was born and raised on Long Island, New York where she played soccer from the age of 8 through High School. After moving to Madison, WI to pursue a degree in Human Development and Family Studies, she continued her passion for soccer by playing on competitive leagues and coaching youth classes. Lauren has over 10 years of experience working with children, as a Coach, Teacher, Camp Counselor, Child Development Specialist and Professional Goofball. After recently moving from Seattle, WA, Lauren is happily settled in Minneapolis and looking forward to coaching with Soccer Shots!
Coach James is a nationally certified goalkeeper trainer. He started playing goalkeeper at a young age and never stopped. He has experience coaching high school for caledonia and Sparta. He has worked with kids throughout his entire life with experiences through the YMCA and Boys & Girls club. He takes pride in the work he does and has a strong passion for youth development. He is very excited to share his fun and knowledge through Soccer Shots.
Coach Harben was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil. There where he took his first steps in soccer at a young age. He played in a few youth academies in Brazil. Coach Harben had the opportunity to use his soccer abilities to fund his education in the US when he was 17. Soccer helped him complete his college education at Iowa Wesleyan University. Now he wants to use his passion for the sport to impact the next generation and help them have a great future.
Coach Tye has been playing soccer since he was 10 years old. He grew up in Chippewa Falls, WI where Tye played on various local soccer teams. He loves teaching and educating youth about the beautiful game. The joy he sees in them makes coaching the perfect job
Coach Rachel grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She started playing soccer when she was 8 and played club soccer at the University of Minnesota. She also enjoyed playing softball and volleyball growing up. She is currently attending St. Catherine’s University majoring in Psychology. Coach Rachel has enjoyed working with kids her whole life. She has worked as a nanny, a Pre-K teacher, and a swim instructor and volunteered at her church as a Sunday School teacher. Coach Rachel is very excited to bring her diverse experience to Soccer Shots and make a positive impact on the young athletes she works with.
Coach Maya has been playing soccer for as long as she can remember! She played for a variety of club teams growing up, as well as for her high school and through intramurals at the University of Minnesota. She grew up in Minneapolis and hasn’t left – she loves living close to the many lakes, parks, and bike paths in the city! When not playing soccer, Maya enjoys jumping in lakes, hiking, and making silly faces, and she is super excited to be coaching soccer!
Coach Allison grew up in Bloomington, MN and started playing soccer at the age of 10. She knew right away that she loved playing soccer and continued to follow her passion for it throughout college. After graduating from the University of Minnesota, Allison started coaching and found a passion for helping the youth become the best they can be though soccer. Coach Allison has continued to stay involved in coaching all different ages. She now resides in Minneapolis and when not coaching soccer, she enjoys traveling, biking, rollerblading, hiking, hanging out with family and friends.
Coach John grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he fell in love with soccer at the age of 6. He played for various club and traveling teams, and was Captain of his High School team. At 12 he started refereeing soccer, and at 17 assistant coaching. He moved to Minneapolis to study education at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, and there discovered his passion for working with younger children. In his free time he competes with the Gopher Barbell Club, enjoys camping, hiking, outdoorsmanship, and studying ancient languages.
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