Coach Chad graduated from Klein High School and earned a B.A. in Communications and an M.A. in Health Administration from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. As team captain his junior and senior year, Chad helped lead the Mustangs to multiple conference championships and a National tournament appearance. Chad then moved to Virginia Beach to play two professional seasons with the Mariners, and then spent the next five seasons with the Charlotte Eagles of the United Soccer League.
As the owner and executive director of Soccer Shots Woodlands, Chad is passionate about coaching kids of all ages and enjoys the opportunity to serve and give back to the youth of his hometown.
Coach Betty graduated from Homer Hannah High School in Brownsville, Texas where she served as varsity captain of the women’s soccer team. She went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology: Exercise Science from Sam Houston State University in 2016 and plans to continue her education towards becoming a pediatric occupational therapist.
Coach Betty is passionate about working with children. She has served as an intern at The Center for Pediatric Therapy, and she also works as an assistant in her church daycare.
On working with Soccer Shots, Coach Betty says, “Working with Soccer Shots gives me the opportunity to make a difference in a child’s life. And, I love the creativity and imagination children have!”
In her free time, Coach Betty enjoys playing competitive coed soccer and playing with her dog, Luna.
Coach Harley is currently attending Sam Houston University where she is a senior majoring in kinesiology with a minor in marketing. Harley’s immediate goals are to become a physical education teacher and soccer coach. Her long term goal is to become a physical therapist and work with wounded warriors.
Harley has played soccer since she was four years old. She played four years of varsity soccer at Steele High School in Cibolo, Texas were she was first team all-district. Harley was a D1 and Premium defensive player for eight years with the Lions competitive soccer club in Schertz, TX; she also played on a co-ed adult team.
Harley enjoys working with children to help them develop physical literacy and good movement skills as these are important aspects for early childhood development. In addition to this, she wants to help each child to develop in themselves integrity, trust, honesty, courage, self-esteem, as well as cultivate the love to play soccer. In Harley’s free time she enjoys hanging out with family and her four dogs.
Coach and Assistant Program Director
Coach Elissa grew up in Spring, TX and graduated from Klein Collins High School before earning her bachelor’s degree in Sports and Recreation Management from James Madison University in Virginia. While at JMU, Coach Elissa was rookie of the year, a four-year starter, and helped lead her team to a conference championship and an appearance in the 2015 NCAA tournament.
Coach Elissa is an experienced soccer coach and a former camp counselor for her church, Resurrection Lutheran. On coaching with Soccer Shots, she says, “watching children learn and grow in soccer is so much fun and one of my greatest passions!” Her goal is to continue coaching soccer and become a physical education teacher.
In her free time, Coach Elissa likes to do anything outdoors, especially mountain biking and hiking. She is also a huge animal lover and enjoys spending time with her four dogs.
Coach Gabby grew up in Spring, Texas and attended Klein Oak High School. She played for the varsity team for four years, making it to the state semifinals in her senior year. Afterwards, Gabby attended the University of Houston and received a bachelor’s degree in Business Management with a minor in marketing. While in college, Coach Gabby played for the University of Houston Women’s Soccer team for four years.
Gabby started playing soccer when she was nine years old and has played in various positions throughout her career for different clubs, Challenge, and Albion to name a few.
Coach Gabby says, “I have wanted to coach since I first started playing soccer. I helped run a couple of collegiate soccer camps and have also done some community service with kids. While working with Soccer Shots, my love for coaching has grown tremendously. I love Soccer Shots because it’s helping me pursue my dreams, while I’m helping children to discover theirs”.
In her free time, Coach Gabby likes to eat, read, run, and hang out with friends!
Coach Saul graduated from Caney Creek High School where he played on the JV and varsity soccer teams. Saul is currently studying sports marketing at Lonestar College – Montgomery where he is also playing goalkeeper for the men’s soccer team.
Coach Saul began playing soccer at the age of four, and joined his first school team in junior high. He sent his early years learning to play soccer with a plastic bottle filled with rocks and trash cans!
On coaching for Soccer Shots, Saul says, “It’s amazing seeing what kind of impact Soccer Shots has on the children. It’s great to teach the beautiful game to the next generation and make a difference in their lives.”
In his free time, Coach Saul likes hanging out with friends, playing soccer, running, and going to state parks.
Coach Bekah graduated from Oak Ridge High School in Spring, Texas where she was involved in multiple activities, including soccer. She began playing soccer her sophomore year and quickly became fascinated and passionate in the sport. In addition to soccer, she participated in art competitions, tutoring, and H.U.N.C.H. (a NASA affiliated program).
Coach Bekah loves the opportunity to take part in the growth and development of children participating in Soccer Shots. Having grown up helping her family with an in-home daycare—and now involved in her church’s children’s choir, Bekah is well-versed in supporting and encouraging children ages 2-8.
“Being a coach at Soccer Shots means being able to provide a healthy, safe learning environment for children, not just to tune motor skills, but to build positive character traits as well”, says Coach Bekah.
In her free time, Coach Bekah enjoys volleyball, baseball, road tripping and activities that involve her family and friends.
Coach Rachel grew up playing competitive soccer with Challenge Soccer Club and graduated from The John Cooper Schools in The Woodlands, TX. She went on to play soccer at Davidson College of the Atlantic 10 Conference where she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology.
Rachel spent two summers with the Charlotte Lady Eagles in the W League and has played for various professional teams abroad in Prague and France, as well as in the US.
“I LOVE working with children and have so much getting to empower and teach them through soccer. I love working with Soccer Shots because of their devotion to the development of each child both on and off the field.”
Coach Ivan graduated from Homer Hanna High School in Brownsville, Texas where he played on both the JV and varsity teams. He earned his degree in Health and Human Performance: Exercise Science from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in 2017.
Coach Ivan has been playing soccer since he was eight years old at parks, schools, and some backyards. He has been part of a few teams throughout his life such as CFL United and RM Castilla to name a few.
“I love soccer. Being able to teach kids through something that I am very passionate about is nothing short than amazing. Seeing kids progress over time due to your coaching is such a great feeling and it lets me know that I’ve done my job as a coach. I thank God for the opportunity to do just that with Soccer Shots.”
Coach Ivan hopes to become a fitness coach for a professional soccer team one day. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer, working out, composing music and geeking out over things like Star Wars!
Director of Coaching
Coach Ryan comes to us with 15 years of experience working with children. In addition to leading youth programs at a number of churches across Montgomery County, Ryan has spent the last five years as a manager in the childcare industry.
Ryan graduated from Sam Houston State University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and holds a Master of Arts in Christian Ministries from Asbury Theological Seminary.
Ryan has a love and great passion for working with children and helping them develop their character and soccer skills.
In his free time, he enjoys two-stepping to Texas country music, fishing, watching the Houston Texans and Rockets, and cheering on the Boston Redsox.
Coach Michael grew up in Kingwood, Texas and spent four years living in Pennsylvania before moving back to his hometown of Houston. He is currently a junior at Sam Houston State University, majoring in History with a minor in Education. Michael hopes to become a high school history teacher and coach.
Coach Michael has been playing soccer since age three! In addition, he’s a multi-sport athlete, including basketball, baseball, and even played varsity football for the Kingwood Park Panthers.
When Michael isn’t coaching, he is watching sports, playing video games, or at the gym. On coaching for Soccer Shots, Michael says, “Soccer Shots doesn’t feel like a job because I enjoy coaching and teaching kids—not only to help improve their soccer skills, but also to develop character and life skills.”
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