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 five dogs.
Coach Savannah graduated from Cy Creek High School where she played on the girls JV and Varsity teams. Afterwards, she attended Sam Houston State University to pursue a degree in English, playing intramural soccer in her free time.
Coach Savannah has volunteered in the community serving children as the coach for her daughter’s i9 4-5 year old youth soccer league in Klein, Texas, as well as serving as a youth counselor for vacation bible school.
On Soccer Shots, Coach Savannah says, The thing I love most about working with Soccer Shots is getting to see the impact we make on each child’s life; seeing children’s smiling faces after they score a goal or master a skill fills my heart with joy.
In her free time, Coach Savannah likes to spend time with her two daughters, Alexis and Ryleigh, and drinks coffee on a regular basis.
Director of Coaching
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 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 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 Partner Services
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 Berlin grew up in Celina, TX where she played goalie for the varsity Celina Bobcats soccer team. Being raised in a sports-loving family, Berlin has also participated in swimming and hockey, in addition to soccer; no matter the sport, she loves competing and being surrounded by a team.
Berlin has a passion for keeping kids moving and healthy—and wants them to love being active just as much as she does. Soccer Shots has enabled her to share her passion while positively influencing the lives of the children she coaches.
Currently attending Sam Houston State University, Coach Berlin is pursuing a degree in Family Consumer Science Education and Fashion merchandising. In her free time, you can find her with friends, cheering on the Dallas Stars and Cowboys or watching any marvel movie.
Coach Jackson is a student at Sam Houston State University where he is pursuing degrees in history and kinesiology. After college, he aspires to become a director at a children’s summer camp.
Jackson attend Alvin High School where he played on the varsity soccer team. He has over eight years of experience coaching children in multiple sports and working as a counselor at a resident summer camp. He volunteers in the community and with an on-campus organization called Project Sunshine, where he puts on events for children and adults who have special needs or disabilities.
On coaching with Soccer Shots, Coach Jackson says, “The thing I love about Soccer Shots is how the program creates a fun, safe and positive environment for all children learning to play the game of soccer.” In his spare time, Coach Jackson likes to be outdoors hanging with friends or going on hikes with his dog.
Coach Stephanie first started playing soccer in the second grade. Stephanie graduated from Waller High School where she played on the girls Varsity team for 4 years.
Coach Stephanie is currently studying Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State, where she also plays intramural soccer.
On coaching with Soccer Shots, Coach Stephanie says, “Coaching has definitely taught me how to take each player where they can’t take themselves, and to teach them teamwork, is always a great thing. The most of all learn; is to enjoy the game. It is amazing to see a sport like soccer impact so many great kids. I’ve always seen myself being a coach and thoroughly enjoy teaching soccer.”
When Stephanie isn’t coaching or attending classes, she enjoys watching the Houston Astros & Rayados Monterrey Soccer team, dancing, and enjoying time with family.
Coach Meaghan is a senior student at Sam Houston State University where she is studying English literature and health science as an undergrad.
Meaghan’s goals are to become an English professor at a university after obtaining her masters degree, and she hopes to one day coach soccer on a collegiate level as well.
Meaghan has played soccer since the age of five. She played four years of varsity soccer at Crandall High School in Crandall, Texas were she earned various prestigious awards including being selected to play in the Texas All-Star game in 2015. Meaghan played for the North Texas Strikers, FC Dallas, and Dallas Texans soccer clubs for seven years.
Meaghan enjoys working with children to help them develop a love for soccer while improving their skills and self esteem. In addition, she aims to help each child to develop a sense of trust, honesty, confidence, and respect. In Meaghan’s free time she enjoys hanging out with family and friends, writing, and playing sports.
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