Coach Courtney started playing soccer at the age of 4. She played all the way through grade school and part of college. She has worked as a camp counselor for 8 years doing all sorts of activities with kids, including archery, painting, swimming, and yes, soccer too! She currently works as a 2nd grade teacher and is so excited to get to spend time outside of school doing something she loves with kids!
Coach Allison has been with Soccer Shots for a year and has loved getting to know all of the kids she has been coaching. She has played soccer since she was 6 years old and has loved every minute of it! Before Soccer Shots she worked as a summer camp counselor and a teacher’s assistant.
Coach Allison is currently studying Middle Childhood Education at Xavier University and is ecstatic to begin her teaching career after graduation. Allison is excited to be coaching soccer with the kids and to see their improvement over the course of the season! She promises to always bring positive energy and encourage everyone to have fun!
Coach Amy has been with Soccer Shots since 2014, and the Program Director since 2017. She lives in West Chester with her husband Cory and 3 children, Sydney (23), Caleigh (21) and Brady (18). Prior to joining Soccer Shots, Coach Amy was a stay-at-home mom and provided childcare in her home for 13 years. She enjoys camping, boating, fishing and watching her kids play sports.
Coach Amy’s favorite part of teaching young children is seeing their faces light up when they get a move right on their own or score a goal. She believes “We don’t just teach kids how to play soccer, we teach them patience, discipline, sharing, balance, gross motor skills, sportsmanship, etc…. but most importantly how to have fun!”
Coach Cameron joined Soccer Shots in November of 2022. He started playing soccer at a very young age. He played all throughout high school and continued playing club soccer when he attended Butler University. Coach Cameron has also coached many age levels, most recently high school soccer in Indianapolis.
Coach Cameron is originally from Indiana and just recently moved to Cincinnati with his family, including two little ones aged 3 years and 7 months. He is looking forward to bringing his experience with the world’s beautiful game and translating that into a fun, rewarding, and overall positive soccer experience for the children of Cincinnati.
Coach Kelsey has just graduated from Mount St. Joseph University with a degree in health and wellness. She hopes to attend physical therapy school and eventually have a career in pediatric physical therapy. She began playing recreational soccer at the young age of 5 years old and at the age of 11 years old, she started playing competitive club soccer. She played club soccer at Fairfield Optimist Soccer Club but finished her club career at Cincinnati United Mason. She did play soccer for her high school, Fairfield Senior High School as well as Landmark Soccer. Coach Kelsey has worked with kids for a number of years and is excited to teach the fundamental of the game as well as the love of the game to the next generations!
Coach Allison joined soccer shots February 2023. She began soccer at 5 and as her mom would say “She eats, sleeps, and breaths soccer!” She played recreational soccer until 11 and started club soccer with Ohio Elite through high school. She also played on her high school varsity team. She continued playing soccer with Tusculum College.Coach Allison is from Cincinnati. She has two children Adi (10) and Tevin (6). Spending quality time with her family means a lot to her. Before joining Soccer Shots she was a lead teacher for 4+ years at a daycare and loves working with children. In her free time, she enjoys baking, specifically decorating cakes and cupcakes. She is excited to introduce kids to the best sport!
Coach Casey was born and raised in Cincinnati. She played soccer for 9 years in both rec leagues and club teams. Casey also played golf for her high school team, and she still enjoys playing around with her family. Casey enjoys coaching because she loves being able to see the children’s growing excitement for the game. She really believes in the positive nature of youth sports and is delighted to share that passion with a new group of children.
Coach Jon is new to the Cincinnati area, having spent the last 5 years in the Army at different bases around the world. While in the Army, he played soccer in base leagues. He especially enjoyed the opportunity to play in South Korea where the locals have such passion and skill for the game. Currently he is studying history at Xavier University and hopes to become a high school teacher and soccer coach. He hopes to help instill the love and excitement for soccer for all kids in Soccer Shots.
Coach Lindsey played soccer competitively starting as a young girl. During her early playing years with her Kolping Club she competed at the highest levels and along with her teammates, was able to earn multiple State Cups and a Regional Title. She went on to be a four-year starter at Roger Bacon High School and was inducted into their Athletic Hall of Fame. She continued her soccer career playing for four years at Ohio University and earned her spot on the school’s All-Decade Team.
Coach Lindsey has coaching experience as well. She spent five years coaching Junior Varsity soccer at McCauley and Sycamore HS and has trained multiple teams.
Coach Steve is from the Cincinnati area and attended Ohio State University where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology and Sociology. He’s been playing soccer since the age of 5 and all the way up through High School. He is excited to join Soccer Shots and have an impact on children’s lives and see the joy on children’s faces when the Coaches enter the room.
Coach Caleigh was born in Fairfield, Ohio. She moved to West Chester, Ohio when she was 4 and has lived there since. She graduated from Lakota East High School and is attending UC Blue Ash. She has been playing soccer for 13 years and was Captain of the high school bowling team. She loves playing soccer and coaching. Caleigh is so excited to be able to teach the sport she loves!
Coach Elaine grew up playing SAY and Select soccer in the Cincinnati area. She also played on Miami University’s Women’s Club Soccer team. Besides working in software development for many years, Elaine also worked with children in Asia, teaching Math, English, and Computer skills. She also hosted multiple soccer events for children in Asia. Elaine loves soccer and greatly enjoys working with children and teaching them new skills. Elaine also enjoys hiking, biking, art, tutoring Math and ESL, and traveling.
Coach Anant grew up playing every sport under the sun however his passion has always been soccer from his early days growing up in Kenya, East Africa. He played in high school, college club soccer, to various leagues over the years. In addition to his career as a computer engineer, Anant has coached his two daughters’ youth sports teams for over 12 years, including soccer, track & field, and volleyball. The joy he receives from educating, inspiring, motivating, and mentoring kids in youth sports while seeing them progress and have fun is indescribable. He is excited to continue his passion for coaching with Soccer Shots.
Coach Brandon grew up in the Cincinnati area and started playing soccer at 3 years old. He played soccer through the Lakota Sports Organization rec teams and eventually played on a competitive level with the Cincinnati United Premier teams along with the Lakota East ThunderHawks. Outside of soccer he loves hanging out with friends and getting outside for some exercise or fun! Even though he stopped playing soccer competitively, he never stopped having fun with the sport and hopes to share that through Soccer Shots!
Coach Bryce is originally from Centerville and has been playing soccer as far back as he can remember. He has developed a love for soccer that is not soon to end. He played both recreationally and competitively throughout the years as a goalie and a midfielder. He began coaching youth in high school, taking part in large-scale practices and training camps. After graduating from the University of Cincinnati he was seeking a part-time job in soccer to go along with his full-time engineering role. He is thrilled to be able to introduce kids to the sport he has always enjoyed and help them sharpen their soccer skills.
Coach Derek is originally from Hocking Hills Ohio where he grew up playing soccer! He played goalie in college for Ohio Christian University. He coached Varsity Soccer for Logan High School in Hocking Hills and is very excited to challenge the young Soccer Shots players on Soccer Island. He enjoys spending time with his wife and their fur family (dog and cat). His favorite part about coaching at Soccer Shots is “the joy you see in children’s faces when they are having fun!”
Coach Grace is currently a nursing student at Christ College of Nursing and graduated from Saint Ursula Academy in 2020. She has played soccer for many years including through high school. She has also had the opportunity to work with kids as a camp counselor all throughout high school. Coach Grace is looking forward to coaching and bringing Soccer Shots to the kids in Cincinnati.
Coach Joy grew up and currently lives on the west side of Cincinnati. She graduated with an early childhood degree from the University of Cincinnati. Coach Joy was a preschool teacher before having 5 children. She was a stay-at-home mom for 13 years. Coach Joy is happy to be back working with young children! She adores their enthusiasm, loves seeing the excitement on the children’s faces at soccer and the progress they make through each season.
Coach Kristin has worked with soccer shots since the Spring of 2021. She is from the Cincinnati area and played high school and collegiate soccer. Before Soccer Shots she coached swimming and was also a coach for the Rio Soccer Academy in Gallipolis, OH. She is working at the Campus at kids first as a teacher’s assistant. She enjoys time with kids and helping them have a fun time while learning new skills about soccer!
Coach Makenzie has been playing soccer since she was five and grew to love all sports and teaching children. Makenzie is currently studying Early Childhood Education at the University of Cincinnati. She joined Soccer Shots in 2020 and believes that Soccer Shots not only gives the opportunity to teach children soccer, but also to build character and confidence within themselves. She hopes that all children walk away with soccer skills and remember to always believe in themselves and try their best!
Coach Matthew has lived in Cincinnati his whole life and has played soccer for most of his life! He graduated from Xavier University, studying History and Education. He loves working with kids of all ages and has taught middle school and high school. He is currently coaching the club soccer team, Impact, and has been with Soccer Shots for many seasons!
Director of Coaching
Coach Shannon has been coaching with Soccer Shots since August of 2012. She played soccer growing up and coached numerous other sports to young children prior to joining Soccer Shots. Before becoming the Director of Coaching, she taught in the classroom for many years (mostly Pre-K) and did some work in the accounting department in a local company.
Coach Shannon is a Cincinnati native. She received her Master’s degree in early childhood education from Xavier University. She has a teenage daughter who plays competitive soccer and two pets (dog and a cat). When Coach Shannon is not coaching or attending her daughter’s soccer games, you can usually find her at a sporting event (huge Bengals and Reds fan), at a concert or where there is live music, and outside. She likes to travel and loves going to the beach or Nashville.
Coach Mike has been with Soccer Shots since May of 2021. When a coaching position opened at Soccer Shots, it was a no-brainer! Coach Mike enjoys seeing the children develop and learn new skills. The smiles on their faces are extremely rewarding! He has been involved in the programs for youth soccer within the community for 13 years. He currently is the coordinator for the Oak Hills Premier soccer club and also coaches his two sons’ club soccer teams (14u & 12u).
Coach Mike lives on the Westside of Cincinnati with his spouse and kids. In his free time, he enjoys sports, camping, and vacationing at the beach!
Coach Kaitlin is in her 3rd year at the University of Cincinnati studying allied health with hopes of a career in the field of physical therapy. She began playing soccer competitively at a young age with the Internationals Soccer Club out of Medina, OH. Competing in the Elite Clubs National League, Coach Kaitlin has experience playing at the highest level of youth soccer across the nation. Today, she is a member of the UC Women’s Club Soccer team. When not on the field, Coach Kaitlin can be found running on the track or the trails of her hometown in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. She even recently completed her first half marathon! Coach Kaitlin is very excited to be able to share her love of soccer with the next generations of the game!
Coach Jason grew up playing multiple sports in Canton, OH, and still loves all sports! From select soccer to traveling baseball teams, he was always engaged in some form of sport year round growing up. After moving to Cincinnati to attend the University of Cincinnati, he began his coaching career in baseball and soon began coaching soccer as well. Over thirteen years of coaching, his fondest memories are coaching his own daughters and watching them mature into amazing soccer players and amazing young women! In addition to working as a Human Resources Director, he loves the chance to get outside and coach soccer again through the Soccer Shots program and inspire the next wave of youth athletes.
Coach Tom has been with Soccer Shots since the summer of 2022. He played soccer growing up and through high school. Coach Tom has enjoyed getting to know the Soccer Shots staff and working with the kids on the pitch. He is originally from the Boston area so you may detect a slight accent when you hear him talk.
When Coach Tom is not coaching, he is using his over 22 years of experience in the classroom teaching Math and Science to his 5th graders at Terrace Park Elementary. Tom lives in Miami Township with his wife, Vicki, and their two daughters, Olivia and Lucy.
Coach Emily has been with Soccer Shots since the summer of 2022. She is a lifetime fan and participant of soccer with experience as a player and as a coach. Her experience includes playing for Cincinnati elite soccer clubs and the University of Cincinnati Soccer Club and coaching various age groups and skill levels in the Cincinnati region.
When Coach Emily is not playing or coaching soccer, she is singing in her college choir or practicing her martial arts. She is currently a student at the University of Cincinnati studying Anthropology. Coach Emily is hopeful to apply her love of soccer and children to coach the game that inspires her!
Coach Alex has been playing soccer since he was six years old, all the way through high school. When not playing soccer, his hobbies include reading, snowboarding, long walks with his dog, and attending FC Cincinnati games. Alex was inspired to join Soccer Shots after his niece attended and had a great time! Having fun, teaching new skills, and seeing children fall in love with soccer is the best part about being a coach!
Jonathan is excited to be part of Soccer Shots. His favorite soccer team is Chivas. He has a cat named Gingy and a dog named Pickles. He is the middle child of 4 brothers and loves to draw, play video games, and go on nature walks. Jonathan also likes dragonflies and jellyfish.
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