Corey Fonseca, Director
Raised in Bridgeport NY, Corey was a product of the Chittenango Soccer club and Chittenango High School. Corey Then moved on to attend SUNY Cortland and earn a degree in Kinesiology. His coaching experience brings a diverse background including coaching at the youth, club, and collegiate level. He is currently the assistant men’s soccer coach at Onondaga Community College, and has also had stints as an assistant with SUNY Cortland men’s soccer, the TC Waza soccer club, and also with the Youth Development Program in Ithaca, NY. Along with this, Corey holds both the National and Advanced National coaching Licenses from the NSCAA. Corey’s goal is to help children gain the same enjoyment from the game of soccer that he was able to as a child, and to use soccer to teach important life skills such as determination, teamwork, and self confidence.
Patrick Burke, Director/Co-owner
A native of Buffalo, New York, Patrick has played soccer since the age of 5. He played high school soccer at St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute and club soccer with the Buffalo Niagara Soccer Club. He eventually moved on to play Division I at Canisius College, where he received a bachelor’s degree in marketing. After graduation, Patrick gained his first youth coaching experience with the Kenton Soccer Club of Buffalo. He has also coached various clinics and camps for Canisius College, as well as local rivals, the University at Buffalo. Patrick is also a member of the NSCAA. He will be joining us as an experienced instructor for Soccer Shots Binghamton. Patrick is grateful for the coaches in his life that have shaped him as a player and person. He is excited to convey the ideas of sportsmanship, hard work, and team play that have been instilled in him throughout the years.
Kyle Sanders, Co-Owner
A native of Greene, New York, Kyle earned All-League honors while in high school and continued playing at Broome Community College, where he received All-Conference honors on a team that finished ranked 5th in the nation. Kyle and his brother-in-law, Eddie Powell, are the Co-directors of Soccer Shots Binghamton. They have absolutely loved having the privilege of being able to work with children and get them started on the right foot! Kyle assisted with the Greene varsity team from ’04-‘09, is currently the head varsity coach for the Ross Corners Christian Academy boys program, and conducts individual training sessions as well. As a coach, he works tirelessly with players of all ages and ability levels to ensure the best possible development as both a player and person. Kyle currently holds his USSF D license and plans to further his coaching education. He is also an active member of the NSCAA. Kyle feels blessed to have learned from great coaches. His values, character traits, and soccer skills are a testament to those coaches and represent something that he is passionate about. There is nothing more rewarding to him than returning those gifts to our future generations.
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The “Three C's” – Coaching, Communication and Curriculum
The foundation of Soccer Shots is our relentless commitment to providing best-in-class coaching, communication and curriculum.
The best coaches in the business
- Every Soccer Shots coach must complete our comprehensive training program to receive certification.
- All Soccer Shots coaches are trained in the use of developmentally appropriate techniques.
- Coaches are routinely evaluated and undergo ongoing training.
- Our coach selection process evaluates not only the ability to coach soccer, but also the ability to engage and inspire children.
An exceptional customer experience with ongoing communication
- You will receive a weekly summary of what your child is learning at Soccer Shots.
- We proactively communicate cancellations due to weather or other circumstances.
- Our staff understands the importance of timely, responsive communication.
Expert-approved curriculum that aligns with early childhood education standards
- Our developmentally appropriate curriculum places an emphasis on character development and skill building.
- Our program is created under the guidance of childhood education specialists, professional soccer players and experienced and licensed soccer coaches.
- We constantly re-evaluate and update our curriculum to stay current with childhood education standards.
The History of Soccer Shots
Our founding partners, Jeremy Sorzano and Jason Webb, were soccer teammates both in college and professionally. They formed Soccer Shots® in 1998 after recognizing a lack of quality soccer programs for children under age 8. They shared an entrepreneurial spirit, a deep love of soccer, and a passion to inspire children to live fit and healthy lives.
The success of Soccer Shots in Charlotte, NC and Harrisburg, PA, where Sorzano and Webb first launched their businesses, led to several of their friends and former teammates wanting to get involved. In 2005, Soccer Shots began franchising and opened its first four franchises in OH, DE, FL, and PA. The business opportunity began to attract more soccer entrepreneurs, and Soccer Shots has enjoyed growing around the country and into Canada.
In May of 2009, Justin Bredeman, another former college soccer teammate, became the third Soccer Shots partner. Justin brought with him eight years of experience from Auntie Anne’s, Inc., a pretzel franchising company, where he led a team that supported nearly 800 franchise units. His deep understanding of the franchise business model also comes from the knowledge gained from his five years of owning and running a Soccer Shots business of his own.
In August of 2009, the Soccer Shots partners founded the Soccer Shots Foundation, the non-profit arm of Soccer Shots. The Soccer Shots Foundation provides opportunities to economically challenged children within the U.S. and around the world through the game of soccer. (Read more about the Soccer Shots Foundation here).
From its humble beginnings, Soccer Shots has grown beyond Jeremy and Jason’s biggest dreams, with over 180 territories across 37 states and Canada. In 2016, more than 335,000 children participated in Soccer Shots.
The business is consistently recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine as the #1 Children’s Fitness Franchise in the U.S. And today, Soccer Shots is positioned as the best-in-class children’s soccer program with a focus on character development.
And while the accolades are appreciated, our mission remains focused – positively impacting children’s lives.
Soccer Shots Franchising, LLC is based in central Pennsylvania, just east of Harrisburg.
Soccer Shots Foundation
We believe that soccer is a powerful vehicle for positively impacting youth. The Soccer Shots Foundation, our non-profit entity, allows us to impact more children who may not typically have the same opportunities.
Through our partnership with the U.S. Soccer Foundation, we aim to impact children who live in underserved communities throughout the U.S. through quality soccer programs that support their physical and personal development.