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Meet The Coaches

We are proud to have the best coaches in youth soccer.

Coach Carlos

Coach Carlos

Honeybun

Coach Carlos was born in Naples, Florida but was raised in Brownsville, Texas. He began playing soccer since the age of 3 playing in tournaments all over Texas, Mexico, and in Florida at the IMG academy. He graduated from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas with a Bachelors degree in Kinesiology. Coach Carlos, played in high school, college, and in a semi-professional soccer team after his collegiate career was over in Texas. He was the team captain in all three teams respectively. While in college, he was a scholar athlete and received all conference and all tournament team honors. Coach Carlos, became a PE teacher at an elementary school before moving to Florida and has a passion for working with children. He hopes to make a positive impact not only with the children but in the community as well.

 

Coach Sarah

Coach Sarah

Lady Nacho

Coach Sarah can’t wait to meet all of her new soccer friends out on Soccer Island! Coach Sarah grew up in Southwest Florida and currently lives in Fort Myers. She started playing soccer at 5 years old out at Bayshore, and she continued to play through high school where she was the starting varsity goalie all four years. She played various levels of soccer during her career, but her most favorite thing about soccer is making new friends, learning new skills, and having fun. Some of her favorite things to do are baking and cooking for others, going to Disney World with her best friend, and watching movies.

Coach Brayan

Coach Brayan

Captain Rojas

Coach Brayan was born in Cuba and raised in the Florida Keys. He started playing soccer at age seven  and was starting varsity player in high school since his freshmen year. Coach Brayan had two full-ride scholarships to play College soccer in New York, but he decided to stay close to his family in Southwest Florida and he is currently going to FSW State College. Brayan is in love with soccer because he gets to meet awesome people and make new friends while sharing his love of the game. Coach Brayan enjoys running, playing sports, eating tacos, and volunteering as a referee for soccer matches.

Coach Sean

Coach Sean

Old Man Sean | The Silent Assassin

Coach Sean grew up in Daytona Beach, Florida and he is excited to be working with all the soccer friends in Southwest Florida! He started playing soccer when he was sixteen and has loved it ever since. Coach Sean is attending Florida Gulf Coast University in hopes to become a Physical Therapist. Coach Sean loves running, volunteering as an athletic trainer, and watching his favorite soccer club Orlando City play!

Coach Connor

Coach Connor

The Sleepy Lion

Coach Connor was born and raised in Maryland where he grew up playing soccer at the highest level, playing for and competing against the top ranked teams in the country. He loves being able to coach and teach the game as much as he enjoys playing it. In addition to soccer, Coach Connor is a musician playing multiple instruments and even writing his own music and helping others to write and create music. Coach Connor loves to be out on soccer island teaching and enjoying the beautiful game!

Coach Grecia

Coach Grecia

The Hyena

Coach Grecia is a Puerto Rican student athlete. Coach Grecia is happy and energy ready to make those around her laugh and smile. She has played soccer ever since she was five years old and continues to play hard today. Besides her passion for soccer, she loves dancing, animals and spending time with those she cares about. Coach Grecia is always ready to pour her heart and share the best for all others before herself.

Coach Britney

Coach Britney

Coach B | Gym

Coach Britney also know as “Coach B” was born in Illinois and raised in South Florida and has played sports her whole life! Coach B attended Barry University where she was an all conference division 2 softball player! She has three kids who she enjoys taking to their soccer games cheering them on from the sidelines; Coach B enjoys going to the gym, hiking with her family, and most of all, making every child she coaches feel known and loved.

Coach Tina

Coach Tina

The Shark | Ping Pong

Coach Tina grew up in a small town in PA, playing HS soccer, as well competitive swimming, and running. She now lives with her husband and twin 14 yr old boys in Ft. Myers FL, where she works as a recruiter and is actively involved in her church and helping underprivileged kids and families. She continues to be passionate about soccer, not only playing co-ed indoor soccer, but most of all, watching her boys play club and school soccer. Coach Tina loves coaching kids of all ages, encouraging them to learn soccer skills, character development, and to remind each child how very special they are.

Coach Rikendy

Coach Rikendy

The Cobra

Coach Rikendy is from the West Indies and has lived here in Florida for 10 years now! He has such a passion and love for soccer. He loves to play in local leagues and pick up with friends on the weekends on top of coaching. He has been coaching various age levels for 7 years and truly enjoys seeing the spark in kids interest for the game. His one year old daughter enjoys kicking the ball around already with her Dad and scoring goals in her mini net. In his spare time Coach Rikendy loves learning new languages and currently can speak five languages while working on learning an sixth! His curiosity in languages helps him both on and off the field. Coach Rikendy is always ready for whatever the game brings and looks forward to sharing his passion for soccer with others each day.

Coach Beth

Coach Beth

Pizza Pie

Coach Beth was born and raised in Ohio. Since the age of 5, she was very active in soccer, softball and basketball, but her passion has always been playing soccer. In high school, she was a starter for the varsity squad all four years. Her love for the game did not stop after high school as she went on to coach soccer for 8 years. She always dreamed of working with young children and having a positive impact on their lives. Coaching on Soccer Island is a dream come true!

Coach CJ

Coach CJ

Coach C.J. was born in Flint, Michigan and lived there for 9 years of his life and then hopped around for a few years between: Ann Arbor, Michigan and Detroit, Michigan before landing in Fort Myers in 2015. He was raised as a pastor’s kid who was surrounded by tons of children and youth programs, which helped shape his love for working/helping kids, his active spirit and his creative mind! Coach C.J. loves to play outside and even in the hot summertime you can find him leading Outdoors Game Station during his church’s VBS! His love for teaching kids, playing games or sports with kids, helping them grow and sometimes simply just being there for them is what drives him to make sure Everyone is having an Amazing time on Soccer Island!

Coach Robert

Coach Robert

Coach Robert grew up in Cape Coral, Florida. He grew up playing soccer since middle school and played all throughout high school. He is currently in school to get a degree in Early Childhood Education. Coach Robert loves coaching and making a positive impact on children!

Coach Holly

Coach Holly

The Plunger

Coach Holly was born and raised in Fort Myers, Florida. She is excited that SouthWest Florida has a fun, new, and exciting soccer program for the youth. She played soccer competitively during her Middle School years and continues to play recreationally to this day. Coach Holly is passionate about education, and also spends her time teaching acting to students ages 8-18 in Lee County. She enjoys acting, crocheting, and reading!

Coach Walt

Coach Walt

Waltfigio | Spidey | Cookie

A native South Floridian, Walter graduated from Florida State University earning a B.S. in Physical Education with an emphasis in Sports Management. For the last 14 years he has served his community as both a Firefighter for the Iona McGregor Fire District and youth soccer coach for children playing at the recreation and club level. Through coaching he has experienced the joy of the game and the lasting positive impacts it has on children. He believes that Soccer Shots provides the perfect opportunity to continue building stronger youth beyond the game. In his spare time, Coach Walter can be found seeking outdoor adventure on local trails, tinkering in his garage, or hanging out with his wife Britney and three children, Jayda, Walter, and Kennedy at the park.

Mike Gannon

Mike Gannon

White Ranger

Mike was born and raised in Fort Myers, FL. He graduated from UCF earning a B.A. in Graphic Design. He was a stay home Dad for 12 years and has been married to his wife Tina for 20 years. They have twin boys, Keller and Luke who are 15 years old and also love soccer! Mike has played soccer his whole life and has coached sports at different levels for over 25 years. He loves teaching the valuable life lessons that come from playing team sports and is always looking for opportunities to grow. Mike is very involved in the Church and is passionate about serving the Lord both locally and globally. He believes in the power of teams, is constantly building relationships and loves being a part of the Soccer Shots community. Mike is passionate about leadership development, creating positive cultures and encouraging others! His favorite football team is Liverpool FC – YNWA!

Coach Liz

Coming soon!

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