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 Harley is a graduate of Sam Houston University where she majored in kinesiology with a minor in marketing. In Coach Harley’s role as Coaching Coordinator, she trains new coaches and ensures accurate curriculum execution.
Harley’s goals are to become a physical education teacher, and she hopes to one day continue her education 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 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 Chamberlain is originally from Tuscaloosa, AL but has called Texas home for the past 2 years. Chamberlain attended ministry school at Highlands College in Birmingham, AL and received an Associate’s Degree in Christian Ministries with a specialization in Missions.
Growing up, Coach Chamberlain participated in many sports but predominantly, softball; she loves everything about sports including the teamwork, personal growth, and fun that is included. She has years of experience working with children including serving at multiple summer camps, day camps, and churches. Coach Chamberlain loves working with kids and being goofy with them.
Her favorite things include going overseas on mission trips (she recently returned from living in Guatemala for a year!), serving at her church, cheering for the Alabama Crimson Tide, or lifting weights at the gym.
Coach Chamberlain says, “I love working for Soccer Shots because it allows me to be silly and have fun with kids—and I feel I’m able to impact their lives beyond the sport of soccer. It doesn’t even feel like a job because it’s so much fun!”
Coach Val started her soccer career at the age of three. She attended Magnolia High School where she was on the varsity team for four years. In her senior year, her high school team went to the state-semifinals.
In addition, Val also played club soccer at Rush and moved onto Challenge later in her soccer career. After graduating high school, she went on to play two years of D1 soccer for The University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio. Coach Val is currently studying Pre-physical therapy and hopes to one day become a physical therapist, specializing in pediatrics.
Coach Val has worked as a daycare teacher for Children’s Universe in Magnolia and also at First Lutheran Church in San Marcos.
When asked why she enjoys this job so much, she replied “I am very blessed to be able to have a part in shaping many children’s lives. Seeing smiles and sharing laughter with all of these children always makes my days great.”
In Coach Val’s down time, she likes playing with her German Shepard puppy, Athena, or watching Grey’s Anatomy.
Coach Betty has been a soccer player since she was four years old. While in high-school in Duncan, Oklahoma, Coach Betty was the captain of the varsity soccer team her junior and senior years and was awarded All-State player of the year in 2015. She was also an active member of the PALS program and Best Buddies—both of which gave her the opportunity to work with young children every day.
Coach Betty played competitively for Space City Futbol Club until she began her time as a student at Sam Houston State University where she is currently majoring in Elementary Education. She is currently a starting defender for the Sam Houston State University women’s club soccer team and serves as the Vice President of the team. In her free time, she loves going on adventures to new places, the beach and her puppy, Henry!
“I’ve always seen myself becoming a coach. Having the opportunity to make an impact on children’s lives by being the first soccer coach many of them have ever had makes me incredibly thankful to be a part of the Soccer Shots family. I will never forget my very first soccer coach, and I hope to be that unforgettable coach in as many young lives as possible!”
Coach Angelica has had a passion for soccer since childhood. She began playing at age five, when she jokes that her main focus on the field was picking flowers!
She began playing competitively for the Albion Hurricanes Football Club—traveling all over the country to play in national tournaments. After playing at Waller High School, she signed to play for Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX where she went on to play for four years and earned a spot as team captain her senior year.
Coach Angelica graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications from Southwestern University in 2018 where she spoke at her commencement ceremony! During her time at Southwestern, she was involved with Young Life and served as a mentor for high school girls.
Coach Angelica currently lives in Hockley, TX, and enjoys writing, movies, and traveling.
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