Integrator/Executive Director - Austin and San Antonio
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!
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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 when she studied abroad. 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 coach for rec soccer. 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.
Schools Manager, Senior Program Coordinator - Austin and San Antonio
Kait brings to our team years of childcare experience, account management and is a customer service guru! She works behind the scenes to ensure that every family, player and partner have an exceptional experience with our program. She grew up playing a variety of sports including soccer, softball, dance and ran track. She came to Austin 12 years ago from Abilene, TX, and is here to stay! Kait was a professional nanny, camp counselor, coach and makes a positive impact on everyone she meets. In addition to her passion for teaching children, she also loves music, walking her dog, Vincey, and is on a mission to find the best Italian sub sandwich in the city. If you have any suggestions – let her know!
Fun Fact: Coach Kait plays 2nd base on her community softball team, is earning her certificate in professional organizing and is unbeatable in ping pong!
Director of Coaching
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!
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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 Kristine ("Coach K")
Kristine comes to Austin from Connecticut, living there her whole life until she decided that she was ready for a change! We’re lucky that she chose Austin because she brings years of early childhood and soccer experience with her (plus, she’s a ton of fun!). She started playing soccer when she was 11 years old as a midfielder, playing with different rec teams. Now, she loves playing pick-up with friends and also adds hiking, swimming, and paddleboarding, to her ways to staying active and healthy.
Kristine also served as a teacher’s aid for preschoolers, volunteered as a young women’s mentor, and babysat for 10 years. Her favorite part about working with kids is watching them grow and develop so quickly and listening to their crazy stories! She is also a proficient Spanish-speaker and loves Austin’s music scene and sense of community.
Fun Fact: Kristine has two rescues: a puppy named Charlie and a cat named Simone (they’re the best of friends)!
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Coach Meg ("Coach Mango")
Hailing from Abilene, TX, Coach Meg comes to Austin with a long history of soccer and hiking! Beginning when she was just 4 years old, Coach Meg has experience playing all of the soccer positions but is a pro at playing sweeper and midfield. She also loves to hike (one of the main reasons she loves Austin) and is training to climb 14ers this summer! Whoa! Coach Meg loves working with children and sharing the game with them and can’t wait to get out on the field.
Fun Fact: Coach Meg speaks French and studied in France for a semester! On y va, Coach!
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 Daylan is a native Central Texan joining the Austin team with a love for soccer and impacting youth! Originally from Kyle, he started playing at just 4 years of age for the Hays county rec league. He later progressed to select soccer at 12 years old as well as participating on his middle and high school teams. He now plays for fun with friends and is also an avid volleyball player. Coach Daylan used to coach a rec team of 5 year olds and enjoys being silly and fun with the kids. He’s excited to build on his coaching experience with Soccer Shots!
Fun Facts: Coach Daylan likes to cook and exercise in his free time!
Native Austinite Coach Abby started playing soccer here in her hometown at just 5 years old! She’s able to step into any position she’s needed but favors right wing or center-mid. In addition to soccer, she is an avid runner and used to run cross country through her high school. She loves Austin’s food and uniqueness. Coach Abby also babysits and has coached for a year. Her favorite part about working with kids is their humor – she loves their jokes and making them laugh!
Fun Facts: Coach Abby has held a shark (!) and loves live music.
Coach Alex is native Austinite who started his soccer journey here in the city playing varsity for his local high school. He now plays pick-up from time to time and loves to run to stay active. Like many locals, he spends plenty of time outdoors and is all about the Austin music scene. Coach Alex loves to teach his favorite sport to kids and sharing the game with others.
Fun Facts: Coach Alex is colorblind and makes beats for fun!
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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!
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Coach Daniella is one of our proud Austin-area natives who loves that there is always something to do here (like Soccer Shots)! She started playing soccer through school, eventually joining a club team and later joining an IM team in college. Coach Daniella prefers playing up the field as left forward and continues to stay active through pick up games with friends. As a former dance instructor and babysitter, her favorite part about working with children is seeing their excitement when they learn a new skill and being a part of that process. As a Soccer Shots coach, she hopes to learn how to better adapt her teaching style to each individual child’s needs and learning processes.
Fun Facts: Coach Daniella is very close with her family and her nephew, and loves spending time with them. She also has 3 pet turtles!
Coach Delaney is fairly new to Austin, moving here from San Antonio. She started playing soccer at a young 4 years of age and continued to play competitively and on her high school team until 18 years of age. She now plays IM at UT and prefers the defensive midfield position. To stay active, she also likes to cycle and play volleyball in addition to soccer. Her favorite parts about both Austin and San Antonio are the vibrant food scenes and how friendly the people are. Coach Delaney used to work with children while as a student and loves seeing them learn new things and take pride in themselves. She hopes to engender fun and confidence in them as a Soccer Shots coach and to develop their soccer skills.
Fun Facts: Coach Delaney is a big volleyball fan and doesn’t know how to ride a bike.
Coach Isaac is new to the Soccer Shots team but has already made such an impact on our young players with his energy and charisma! He started playing soccer on the elementary school playground, eventually finding his niche as a defender while in middle school. He transitioned into more indoor play as he progressed and moved to playing both forward and goalie. Coach Isaac has about 7 years of soccer experience. Currently, he stays active through Mixed Martial Arts practices like Muay Thai, Jiu Jitsu, and Boxing! He also loves to teach others MMA in his spare time. Coach Isaac is also fluent in Spanish and loves sweet tea.
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Coach Jade started playing soccer at the age of 5 and has played ever since as a midfielder and has also served as a soccer referee. She continues to play indoor and outdoor intramural soccer and has also been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu! Coach Jade grew up in Belton, but loves Austin and how many activities there are to do here. Coach Jade adores young children – especially how much fun they have. She loves to laugh with them and that there’s no pressure to be anyone other than yourself.
Fun Fact: Coach Jade has seen the entire Royal Family (including Queen Elizabeth II) in person!
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Coach Jake is an outdoor enthusiast originally from Midland, TX but loving the greenery here in the city. He’s been playing soccer for a total of 19 years (!), beginning back in his hometown as a midfielder and defender on his varsity high school team and local club team. Now, here in the Austin, he still likes to play with a rec league. Coach Jake previously coached children through his club team, loving to see how engaged kids become in different activities and how they can find fun in anything. He hopes to bring the fun and love of soccer to the kids he coaches!
Fun Facts: Coach Jake can play the trombone and spends the rest of his free time kayaking and hiking. See if you can spot him out on Lady Bird Lake!
Coach Jeff grew up in the great mid-west aka Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas. Early on he developed a love for soccer and the great outdoors. He enjoys rock climbing, bicycling, sailing, roller skating and when he needs to relax…a bit of yoga. Coach Jeff shares that he loves working with children and has a great time coming up with unique ways to capture and maintain their attention.
Coach Jeremy has first hand experience as a Soccer Shots parent as his son has been enrolled in Soccer Shots for many seasons! Coach Jeremy grew up playing soccer in San Antonio and Houston, playing from the age of five through his high school years. He played as a goalie for all of those years! Coach Jeremy has lived in Austin for more than ten years now and loves the abundance of family activities available in Austin.
Fun Facts: Coach Jeremy can say the alphabet backwards in less than 5 seconds and came in first place in a turkey calling contest!
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Coach Joao ("Coach Johnny")
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Coach Jon is an original Austinite, starting his soccer career at just 3 years of age! He has played on a handful of club teams and through high school and college, and now enjoys the game through the Ausitn Men’s City league. He’s played everything from striker, midfield, and defense (and now just needs goalie!). Coach Jon is a big sports fan and is down to play any sport-related activity. In addition, he has also coached youth soccer and volleyball in the past was a manager for the Austin’s men’s soccer team. As a Soccer Shots coach, he hopes to gain more experience working with youth athletes!
Fun Facts: Coach Jon loves history and is a huge goofball!
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Coach Julia moved to Austin from her hometown just outside of Houston to attend school. She currently serves as the Rugby captain of the UT Austin team and gets to travel around the country to compete against other clubs! She also played competitive soccer while in high school and now plays casually when she has a rugby break. Coach Julia is looking to add to her childcare experience through Soccer Shots, formerly working with the Boys and Girls club as a volunteer and youth development specialist. She hopes to foster physical and mental growth and help instill confidence in the young athletes she works with.
Fun Facts: Coach Julia’s best friend is her adopted dog, Rudy, and she can identify any world flag!
Coach Kobe is originally from Dallas and came to Austin for college. He currently plays rec league soccer while at school and also likes to stay active through the practice of mixed martial arts (with Coach Isaac!) and IM flag football. He used to tutor children in math and English through his mother who is an elementary school principal, and hopes that this coaching position helps him to gain more confidence in working with children and to help develop his leadership skills. Coach Kobe has been learning to speak Spanish and is proficient and his favorite parts about living in our weird city are the people and the eccentric culture.
Fun Facts: Coach Kobe goes to school for acting and one of his favorite trips was one he took to Japan!
Coach Kyle was born and raised in Austin, TX and has been immersed in soccer for years as a player, coach, and referee! He started playing when he was just 4 years old and continued on to coaching a U-10 soccer team, and then also added referee to his resume–a position he’s held for the past 27 years! Coach Kyle truly enjoys teaching children and helping them to better their skills to be the best they can be!
Fun Facts: Coach Kyle was also a fire fighter and professional Santa Claus!
Coach Leela’s athletic pursuits started when he was just 5 years old, and joined a soccer team when he was 8. He played on opposite ends of the field as both the goalie and forward! While he doesn’t play soccer anymore, Coach Leela stays active through hockey, basketball, tennis, and football. He has about 4 years of experience as a volunteer youth coach and loves imparting like skills and a making a positive impact on the young athletes he works with. As a Soccer Shots coach, Coach Leela hopes to continue this impact on and off the field, and also hopes to learn something from them. We’re excited to have him on the team.
Fun Fact: Coach Leela is part Canadian and collects hockey pucks!
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Originally from Indiana, Coach Mack brings a TON of positivity and experience to our Austin team! They have currently been working as a preschool teacher for the past 3 years and truly love making an impact on young lives. One of their favorite parts about working with children is their willingness to learn – and as such, they are continually inspired to see the world through fresh eyes.
Coach Mack also began their soccer career at just 3 years old playing through their school district, and later progressing to IM play in college. In their spare time, Coach Mack is also a certified yoga teacher and stays active by practicing aerial fitness.
Fun Facts: Coach Mack’s first dog was named Deeogee (D-O-G) and they make it a goal to dance every day!
Coach Maddie M.
Originally from San Antonio, Coach Maddie joins the Soccer Shots team ready to make an impact! She grew up playing the beautiful game with her cousins during family reunions, playing any position where she was needed. She loves walking her dog around the Austin neighborhoods, exploring the city with her friends, and comic books! Coach Maddie’s favorite part about working with children is seeing their excitement when they learn a new skill and can’t wait to experience that as a coach.
Coach Maddie S.
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Originally from San Antonio, Coach Marissa moved to Austin a few years ago and loves her new city! She got her soccer start at 10 years old, eventually joining her high school varsity team, club through Lonestar S.C., and later as a midfielder for the Concordia Women’s team. She still loves to play the game through the local women’s league. Coach Marissa has experience as a functional movement coach and has also babysat for several years. She’s excited to begin her Soccer Shots coaching journey and hopes to gain more experience that she can apply towards her pursuit to become a registered nurse!
Fun Facts: Coach Marissa has a huge sneaker collection and loves to go on hikes with her pup!
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Coach Mika grew up in San Antonio, Texas, moving to Austin to attend the University of Texas. Her favorite thing about Austin is all the great food trucks. Coach Mika played as a goalie during school, but currently she enjoys skiing, dancing and swimming. Coach Mika loves to see how excited kids get when they see improvement! Coach Mika is currently in the theatre program at UT and loves to get into all the characters we play during Soccer Shots!
Fun fact: Coach Mika’s favorite animal is a giraffe and she plays the violin!
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Originally from La Porte, TX, Coach Peyton joins our squad full of soccer and coaching experience! Beginning at the age of 3, she played for 10 years with the Challenge Soccer Club as a goalkeeper and continued on her varsity team all 4 years. She’s served as a volunteer for the past 5 years as a coaching youth instructor for soccer camps in her hometown and earned a coaching minor from Texas State where she’s also currently studying for her nursing degree. Coach Peyton loves to watch children grow and progress in a skill and to see how willing they are to learn. When she’s not playing soccer, she loves exploring Austin and checking out the scenery and hiking trails.
Fun Fact: Coach Peyton has 4 pet glowfish!
Coach Rachelle is a native Austinite who was originally born in Australia! While she didn’t play soccer competitively, she loved growing up playing recreationally with her family. In addition to being a Soccer Shots coach, Rachelle also spends time with children as a nanny. As someone from a large extended family, she enjoys all the fun kids bring. Her favorite part about Austin is the varying environments the city provides.
Fun Facts: She’s been playing kickball for 10 years and is fluent in Arabic!
Coach Vanessa has been playing soccer for just over 7 years, getting her start on her varsity team. She continues to play IM soccer while at UT, controlling game play as a midfielder. She also loves to run, play basketball, and do yoga to stay healthy. Coach Vanessa used to work with kids through her church and loves their unpredictability and creativity. She hopes to help children develop their character and soccer skills as a coach! Coach Vanessa hails from San Antonio and is also fluent in Spanish. She enjoys the never-ending list of things to do here in Austin.
Fun Facts: Coach Vanessa has a dog named Minnie and eats bagels almost every day!
Coach Zach B. ("Coach B")
Coach B has been working education for over nine years, currently serving as a teacher and football and track coach at a local area high school. Originally from Victoria, Texas, he made his way to Austin and got his soccer start on a rec league as a student. After graduating, he continued to play through a men’s league and also coached at the high school level. His favorite part about working with children is helping them develop and learn something new. He hopes to continue this impact as a Soccer Shots coach and build positive relationships.
Fun Facts: Coach B has coached five different sports and he has a bull terrier named Leah!
Coach Zach M.
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.
If you have a passion for positively impacting children through youth sports, we’d love to talk to you.