Soccer Shots offers three core programs to meet the developmental needs of children ages 2 to 8. It’s way more than just learning the game of soccer. We aim to build character, skills and confidence while also having a whole lot of FUN. We’re committed to providing safe, positive experiences through the game of soccer. It’s the reason parents trust Soccer Shots. Each of our three core programs teaches the right skills at the right age. Explore our programs to find the perfect fit.EXPLORE OUR PROGRAMS
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We’re committed to providing safe, positive experiences through the game of soccer. It’s the reason parents trust Soccer Shots. Each of our three core programs teaches the right skills at the right age. Explore our programs to find the perfect fit. Each Soccer Shots franchise is individually owned and operated.
A long-time member of the Positive Coaching Alliance (Stanford University), Eddie Russ started Soccer Shots in Central Texas in 2007 with the goal of using the game of soccer to teach children lifelong lessons, including positive attitude, enthusiasm, listening skills, teamwork, sportsmanship and creativity. Eddie grew up in Chicago where he was an all-league soccer and basketball player in high school. He went on to graduate from the University of Illinois with a degree in psychology. Eddie has extensive teaching and coaching experience as a varsity soccer coach for eight years and a high school basketball coach for thirteen years. He also taught high school English for twelve years, and was the former Director of Athletics at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in Austin, TX and at the Drew School in San Francisco, CA. He lives in Central Austin with his wife and two children.
Laura’s love of soccer ignited in Virginia during middle and high school. She captained her school teams five of six years while playing forward or outside defender before settling in at center midfielder. She continued on to play intramural in college and still plays weekly in the Austin Women’s Soccer League. Called to impact youth, Coach Laura earned degrees from the University of Virginia and North Carolina Central University. She then taught kindergarten through fifth grades in North Carolina and Texas. She also brings experience as a curriculum developer and educational consultant. She began coaching soccer and swimming during college and has coached Austin youth for over ten years. She enjoys mentoring fellow coaches and thrives through the smiles shared with children as they build confidence, friendships and fun!
Arianne has over 20 years of soccer experience! Hailing from the DFW area, she started playing select for FC Dallas Youth, then IM while in college, and in Paris, France for the SciencesPo women's team. Her favorite position is forward because she loves the challenge of scoring goals. She received her degree in International Relations and French from UT and fell in love with the city as a Longhorn. She started coaching kids while in high school through tennis clinics and as a volunteer rec soccer coach. Arianne also served as a camp counselor, childcare supervisor, and AmeriCorps literacy instructor for AISD. Her favorite part about working with children is their unfailing ability to find fun and joy in the smallest things. Arianne loves the vibrancy and culture of Austin. In addition to playing soccer, you can find her playing tennis, paddle boarding, reading, and volunteering. Fun Facts: Coach Arianne checked off an item on her bucket list by attending a European soccer match for PSG and seeing Zlatan Ibrahimovic in action! And her best friend is her pup, Eleanor Rigby.
Serafina grew up playing soccer in Dallas, TX. She played left wing throughout high school and intramurally at Texas State University where she studied Exercise & Sport Science. Her teaching experience comes from coaching Middle School Athletics and Elementary Physical Education. She has always had a passion for soccer and shares that her favorite parts about coaching are providing a fun learning environment and being a positive influence. Fun Facts: Coach Sera has been attending Dallas Burn/FC Dallas matches since she was a child. She has also become a huge Austin FC supporter because of their growing impact on the community and strong focus on youth development!
Kait brings to our team years of childcare experience, humor, and enthusiasm! She grew up playing a variety of sports including soccer, softball, and running track. Originally from Abilene, TX, Kait has nannied for several families, coached little kiddos, and enjoys positively impacting everyone around her! In addition to her passion for teaching children, she also loves music, film, and food! Fun Fact: Coach Kait loves to laugh and is an aspiring drummer!
Jeremy joins our Soccer Shots Austin team with over 25 years in soccer experience and transitioning from a 20+ year career in restaurant management. His soccer career started from humble beginnings at his YMCA in Midland, TX, and then progressing to his high school team and later Midland College. Jeremy played as a keeper and full-back until a knee injury took him from the field and to the office. Now, he enjoys disc golfing, snowboarding, and cycling to stay active and outside. He loves living in Austin, with its laid-back vibe, vibrant music scene, and appreciation and stewardship of the environment. Fun Fact: Jeremy is also an avid “maker” and was previously in the craft show and Etsy scene!
Coach Joe comes to us from California playing soccer since he was 8 years old! He’s really excited to start coaching and bring the excitement and love of the game to our Central Texas families. While Coach Joe played competitively throughout middle and high school, he now just likes to play for fun. His favorite positions are right and left wing and supports FC Barcelona! Fun Fact: Coach Joe loves to go backpacking through the backcountry!
Coach Sam joins our team from Midland, Texas. He started playing soccer at a young age, and continued all the way through middle school. Coach Sam's favorite positions to play were striker and goalie, and now he likes to stay active with running and playing pickup sports. Fun Facts: Coach Sam plays the guitar and loves to travel.
Coach Graham hails from Chelsea, Michigan and started playing soccer at just 3 years old! He continued through high school, playing with a competitive travel team and various pick-up teams. Now, he still gets out on the field with friends and adds basketball, hiking, camping, skiing, and snowboarding as other hobbies to be outside and healthy. His favorite part about working with children is how funny they are and the silly jokes they make, and the unique perspective they bring to life each day. He’s excited to join the Soccer Shots team and as a Coach, he hopes to gain a feeling of purpose within the Austin community and for the children. Fun Facts: Coach Graham loves to travel: He has been to more than seven different countries and lived the van life up and down the West Coast!
Coach Josue was born in Mexico and grew up in Texas before moving to Austin. He has been playing soccer his whole life with almost 20 years of experience, and he has played almost every position on the field except for goalkeeper. He has been coaching competitive soccer for about three years now, but his favorite part of coaching the younger kids is how much fun they have playing the game! Coach Josue loves traveling and cooking, and he is a big Texas Longhorns fan. Fun Facts: Coach Josue’s friends back home call him “Chivita” because of his affinity for Chivas FC!
Coach Lou joins us all the way from England! Growing up across the pond, it’s no surprise that Coach Lou has been playing soccer since she could walk! She has played for various school teams and academies over the years, and has played almost every position on the field! Coach Lou has been coaching since she left school in 2016, and is looking forward to coaching in a new environment and learning new games, skills, and tricks. Fun Facts: Coach Lou loves living in Austin because it is such a walkable city, and she can do a handstand!
Coach Alex is an Austin Native who loves being outside, making music and attending Austin FC matches!
Coach Mia is a versatile athlete who has 8 years of competitive soccer experience. She played all over the field as a midfielder, outside back, and even goalie. In addition to her time playing on the field she also has experience being both a coach and a referee for youth soccer. She loves teaching children to have confidence in themselves by improving their soccer skills and having a ton of fun while doing it. Coach Mia is also known to frequent weights training and run half marathons to stay in shape. She is also a student, currently studying at UT, she works hard on the field and in the classroom. She looks forward to making a bright and positive impact on all the children she coaches and hopes to share her love of soccer with them! Fun Facts: Coach Mia can play guitar and loves to eat Goldfish!
Originally from College Station, Coach Mycah has been playing for the better part of 14 years, on club, school, and college teams. Her favorite position is striker and racking up those goals! In addition to her extensive time on the field, she also brings 5 years of coaching experience and 3 years as a nanny. While injuries eventually took her off the field, she never lost the love of the game and now shares that love of soccer with her students. Coach Mycah has been enjoying her time in Austin with its excellent balance of city life and nature and the never-ending list of things to do. As a Soccer Shots coach, she loves the challenge of figuring out how to make a child smile and looks forward to helping children grow in their athletic abilities and confidence and to spread her love for the game to the next generation. Fun Facts: Coach Mycah is working towards a Master's Degree in counseling and is ambidextrous!
Coach Tez is someone you'd want on your soccer team, with his skillful moves and quick feet. He was born and raised here in Austin and loves all that the city has to offer, from its food, music, and of course, soccer fandom. He played as the attacking midfield on his high school team and later played semi-professionally, too. He currently still gets on the field and has more than 15 years of experience. Coach Tez is excited to pass on his knowledge and expertise to our young athletes! Coach Tez used to help tutor children and he is having a great time growing in experience and learning new things. Fun Facts: Coach Tez is fluent in Spanish and Yoruba and his favorite snack is Pop-Tarts!
Coach Zach’s passion for soccer started at the young age of four years old up in his hometown just outside of Washington, D.C. He later progressed to the club level, continuing through high school, and later found himself on the Indiana University Men’s club team. He was partial to orchestrating the plays as a center mid or back wing. Currently, Coach Zach continues to stay active in a variety of sports from soccer, skiing, and snowboarding, to running and kickball as well. There probably isn’t a sport Coach Zach hasn’t already tried! He has previous experience as a summer camp counselor where his mom worked as a montessori teacher and camp director. It was at these camps that he discovered his love for working with kids, and what eventually led him to Soccer Shots. His favorite part about working with youth is building relationships and helping them learn the foundations of emotional intelligence, all while working on it himself in the process. He hopes to bring the same impact as a coach as his own coaches had on him. Fun Facts: Coach Zach used to have a hamster named Paco, who he thought was male, but one day Paco had 8 baby hamsters! Unfortunately, he wasn’t allowed to raise the babies but was proud to be a hamster grandparent.
Coach Bryan is a native Austinite, and his favorite thing about the city is that there is always something going on! He played club soccer growing up, and he also played for 4 years in high school and 5 years at the collegiate level! He has been coaching with children on and off for 4 years, and he loves making an impact on their lives! Coach Bryan hopes to become a great role model for the kids in his sessions! Fun Facts: Coach Bryan’s favorite restaurant is Homeslice Pizza, and his favorite sports team is Barcelona!
Coach Carlos is a native of The Valley and loves the diversity that you can find in his hometown and in Austin. He has played in a myriad of local leagues and has been a soccer player since he was just 5 years old! Coach Carlos loves working with kids because it allows him to bring our his inner child while also giving him an opportunity to be a role model. Fun Facts: Coach Carlos is left handed, and he can sing in Spanish!
Coach Cecile grew up Shanghai, China and comes to the Austin team with a ton of experience working with children! She has worked with all ages, from infants to adolescents, as a teacher and private tutor over the past ten years. She loves when she sees the progression in a child when they grow stronger and healthier physically, mentally, and even spiritually. As a Soccer Shots coach, Coach Cecile aims to help them build their character and soccer knowledge to last them a lifetime, and hopefully, they can look back and remember all the fun they had! Her passion for soccer started when she was in college and now continues to play recreationally. Forward or midfield are her preferred positions. Coach Cecile is also fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese, and is TBRI-trained. You can find her working out around the city, volunteering with local youth programs, or polishing up on her French! Fun Facts: Coach Cecile is not a fan of cilantro, recognizing it's a key ingredient in many Asian cuisines, and working hard to improve her sewing skills. Let her know if you've got an 1800s Singer machine lying around that she can try her hand at!
Coach Cody grew up in Austin and loves that there is always something to do in town! They have over 9 years of experience playing soccer for club and rec teams, and Coach Cody even played with Soccer Shots when they were in Pre-K! They hope to gain leadership experience through coaching children and trying something new! Fun Facts: Coach Cody has 2 English Mastiffs and loves changing their hair color!
Coach Courtney is from Corpus Christi, but loves living in the busy city of Austin where there’s always so much to do! She played 12 years of club soccer starting at age 5 and is still involved in the game through IMs at UT. Coach Courtney has worked as an art instructor for a kids summer camp and as a babysitter, and she loves the endless energy that kids have. She hopes to inspire the kids she’ll be working with at Soccer Shots. Fun Facts: Coach Courtney works in a research lab on UT campus and owns a pet pug named Charlie!
Coach Daniel was born and raised in South Korea! He moved to Arlington when he was in middle school, and now a student at UT Austin, Daniel calls Round Rock home. His hobbies include basketball, weightlifting, and golf, and he loves to search the Austin area for the best Asian cuisine. Coach Daniel has experience working with children through volunteering at his school teaching the younger kids to speak Korean. He says his favorite part of working with kids is that they are so pure and energetic, and their enthusiasm is contagious! Fun Facts: Coach Daniel’s favorite soccer team is Tottenham Hotspur and he loves to spend time in nature!f
Coach Dylan joins our team all the way from West Chester, Pennsylvania! He has played club soccer in PA his whole life, and he even played D3 soccer in Maryland! He currently plays on a coed rec team here in Austin, and has over 16 years of playing experience in total. Coach Dylan also has 3 years of experience working with kids and has worked with 5-12 year olds as a sports instructor. Coach Dylan hopes that he will gain valuable coaching experience with Soccer Shots and wants to be a source of confidence and happiness for the kids in his sessions! Fun Facts: Coach Dylan has 1 cat and 1 dog, and his favorite sports team is Man U!
Coach Ed is from Fayetteville, North Carolina, and is loving the food and live music he’s found in Austin! He has over 25 years of experience playing soccer as a member of the varsity team in high school, intramural teams in college, and pickup teams as an adult. Coach Ed also coached for 2 years at a boys and girls club soccer site in North Austin, and led an 8-week camp for 3-12 year-olds. His favorite part of working with kids is seeing the “light bulbs go off” in their heads when they make new connections about the game. Fun Facts: Coach Ed is fluent in Spanish and has been inside the Great Pyramids!
Coach Heidi is an Austin local and loves everything about her city. She stared playing soccer at just 5 years old with a local rec team, and later transitioned to more competitive play through the River City Rangers club as a center defender. While she is not currently playing, Coach Heidi still enjoys playing for fun with her family and friends. Coach Heidi gained childcare experience as a babysitter of children spanning all ages, and she recently has been working as a PALS mentor for elementary-aged children through school. Her favorite part about working with children is seeing their joy and excitement shine through when they’re doing something they love. She hopes to continue to nurture their passions and looks forward to making a positive difference in the lives of the young athletes she coaches. Fun Facts: Coach Heidi comes from a huge family and loves animals!
Coach Jenni is from Pflugerville, TX. Growing up, Coach Jenni played soccer and was a goalie. Although new to coaching, Coach Jenni has worked as a camp counselor for an after-school day program. As a Soccer Shots Coach, she is excited to work with children and gain insight into coaching! In her free time, Coach Jenni likes to paint and design clothing. Fun Facts: Coach Jenni has a Labrador named Molley and speaks French!
Coach Joaquin, “Coach J” is a native Texan! Bored and raised in Austin. He really enjoys that there are so many adventures left and right here in Austin that he can explore. He has been playing since the age of 5 to currently. Coach J played for Westlake Liverpool, Capacity, and currently plays soccer for his high school as an outside back. He has a real love for soccer! Coach J also enjoys building legos on his free time! He hopes to impact the soccer youth of Austin positively while having lots of fun teaching children soccer. Fun Facts: Coach J is left handed and he can speak a bit of Spanish!
Coach Joey is native to the Austin area and hails from Pflugerville, Texas! He played club soccer for 4 years growing up, and he continued playing in recreational leagues throughout high school. Coach Joey’s favorite positions to play are defense and midfield! He has experience working with kids through a camp he spent a couple summers at. Coach Joey is looking forward to coaching and loves the open-minded perspective and high energy that comes with working with kids. He looks to build up his experience and build positive relationships at Soccer Shots. Fun Facts: Coach Joey is a veteran looking to spread positivity, and he has 3 kids of his own!
Coach Karolyn hails from the Pacific northwest and joins the Soccer Shots team all the way from Redmond, Oregon! She has been coaching sports for two years, and she loves bringing happiness to the lives of kids. Coach Karolyn hopes to grow in herself and her abilities as a coach as she joins our team! Fun Facts: Coach Karolyn is an Enneagram 4, loves Doritos, and is a Seattle Seahawks fan!
Coach Kristi or “Coach K”, is from Rowlett, Texas! So she is another one of our native Texans! Coach K has been playing soccer for 24 years now. She started playing soccer whenever she was just 4 years old and played in high school, college, and was in club soccer. She played defensive center mid! Coach K has coached soccer for 4 years, so she is excited to expand her experience and share her passion for soccer at Soccer Shots. While coaching children at Soccer Shots, Coach K wants to be a positive role model for the children and have a meaningful, long lasting impact on them. Besides soccer, Coach K enjoys taking her dog to different parks in Austin on her free time! Fun Facts: Coach K once held a koala named Ellen and has a silver lab named Izzy!
A native Austinite, Coach Kyle didn’t have to go far to join our Soccer Shots team. He has been playing soccer right here in the capital city since he was just four years-old. He has coached U-10 teams previously and has 27 years of professional referee experience! Let it be known- Coach Kyle knows soccer! He is so excited to share his knowledge with our team and we know that your child will be a ready for the pros by the end of the season! He brings a ton of energy and laughs to every session, so get ready for some soccer fun. Fun fact: Coach Kyle is a trained firefighter!
Coach Maia grew up in Chicago before moving to the Austin area. She has played soccer since she was 3 years old, and she even played kicker for her high school football team! She has worked with children through Best Buddies, and she was an assistant coach for a club soccer team for two years. Coach Maia’s favorite part about working with kids is seeing them gain confidence in their abilities! Fun Facts: Coach Maia is fluent in Polish and her favorite movie is 16 Candles.
Coach Max hails from the Austin area as a native of Round Rock, Texas! He played soccer for 7 years growing up, and switched between defense and midfield. While new to coaching, Coach Max has experience working with kids through babysitting, and he hopes to spread the joy of soccer to others while coaching at Soccer Shots! Fun Facts: Coach Max likes to paint and draw, and he loves music!
Coach Michel is one of our most veteran coaches, joining the Austin team back in 2014! The joy and life they bring to each session makes such an impact on the kids, parents, and coaches that they work with. (You might find yourself in multiple dance parties during your child's soccer session.) As such, they are also one of our coach trainers, supporting our newer instructors to be the best they can be. Their favorite part about working with kids is that they bring them back to the truth of their own child self; children remind them of how safe it is to trust life and be your fully-expressed self. Coach Michel got their soccer start on the elementary school playground as a Kindergartener in Converse kicks. They continue to play recreationally, driven to developing their skill, staying active, and having fun. They love Austin for its unassuming and laidback energy, and that it has nearly everything in life to enjoy.
Coach Rolphy just recently moved to the Austin area and settled up in Georgetown! He is excited to learn everything there is to know about Austin! He has played soccer since he was 10 years old, and he even played for a few years at the collegiate level! Coach Rolphy has experience coaching through camps, and his favorite part about working with kids is their enthusiasm. He says it makes you remember how freely you used to play the game! Fun Facts: Coach Rolphy speaks Haitian Creole and a bit of French, and his first and last name both have 8 letters!
Coach Sam joins the Soccer Shots team from Kansas! He has over 15 years of soccer-playing experience, mainly as a defensive wing and occasional goalkeeper. He continues to play here in Austin through co-ed and mens' leagues in his free time (and his team was even the Men's League champs!) Coach Sam has been coaching children's soccer for about two years now and loves teaching kids through his favorite sport: “Their personalities are so raw, it brings me job to be such a small part of shaping them!” He is excited to share his experience and love for soccer as a Soccer Shots coach! Fun Facts: Coach Sam is working on his doctorate of Physical Therapy and also has a Bernese Mountain dog!
Coach Skylar is originally from Boulder, CO! Now that she’s in Austin, she has really enjoyed finding all the different activities and yummy food that the city has to offer! She has about 13 years of experience playing soccer, altogether, including 4 years at the University of Michigan! Coach Skylar has 2-3 years of experience working with kids, and has even coached her own youth soccer team before! She loves to be able to share her passion with her players, and she hopes to continue to experience the joy and love of doing so with Soccer Shots. Fun Facts: Coach Skylar was born on Easter and she loves to cook!
Coach Sumoni grew up in San Diego, California and lived there for 14 years before moving to Austin! Her favorite part about living in Austin is all of the different lakes and trails that can be found around the city. She has been playing soccer for about 3 years now as a midfielder and a forward. While new to coaching, Coach Sumoni is looking forward to making a lasting individual impact on all of her kids! Fun Facts: Coach Sumoni loves to sing and has run 5 half marathons! Wow!
Coach V is an avid soccer, Austin, and LEGO fan! She was born and raised here in the city and started her soccer journey at just a wee three years old. Her family was actively involved in her youth development as she progressed through rec and club leagues and later onto her high school team as a midfielder and defender. In addition to soccer, you can find her playing both sand and indoor volleyball. Coach V has been around children her whole life and involved in coaching youth sports for over 8 years. She also babysits and was part of the PALS program while at school. As a Soccer Shots coach, she hopes to build upon important life skills like patience, responsibility, and having a strong work ethic, and to add to her experience in coaching and impacting young athletes. Fun Facts: Coach V loves to bake, cook, and build LEGO sets!
Soccer Shots School Holiday Half-day Camps are focused on soccer and character development and offered at locations around the greater Austin area. Each camper receives daily swag, such as a water bottle, drawstring bag, medal, and more! Upcoming camps: Feb 19 (President's Day), Mar 11-15 (Spring Break), & March 31 (Good Friday).
Soccer Shots Summer Camps run from June through August and held around the greater Austin area. Campers learn soccer skills, games, and technique led by our professionally-trained coaches. Each camp also incorporates a different weekly theme, arts and crafts, and snack time so your child can join multiple sessions and learn something new every time. Camp enrollment includes a Soccer Shots t-shirt, bag, medal, and more daily swag! Summer Camp enrollment opens February 1st! 2024 Summer Camp Locations: West Austin Youth Association, Round Rock Sports Center, 1A Indoor Soccer (Pflugerville/Hutto), Athena Montessori (South Austin)
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“and super instructors!“
“and Coach Leo is the best coach. He always tries to re-engage kids when their attention may be on something else or if they run off the field. He takes the time to make them feel welcome and comfortable.“
“So patient and sweet! They take the time to include every kid, work with their strengths and work on their weaknesses!“
“We’ve had three different coaches since we started Soccer Shots, and all of them have been great instructors, remembered the kids’ names, and did an excellent job getting all of the kids to participate. We’ve already recommended to several friends“