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 (22), Caleigh (20) and Brady (17). Prior to joining Soccer Shots, Coach Amy was a stay at home mom and provided child care in her home for 13 years. She enjoys camping, boating, fishing and watching her kids play sports. Her 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 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.
Ashley has been playing soccer since she was 6 and has enjoyed every second from learning the basics to being a team captain. She chooses to coach to build character and a slight toughness that can’t be taught or shown in a classroom. She believes Soccer is not only about coordination and skill, but also it’s about learning how to lose and miss a goal and continually wanting to learn and get better. She hopes that all kids can take away how to win, how to lose, and how to be a team player by the end of every season they play.
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 Gina was born and raised in the Cincinnati area, has played soccer since the age of 5 and has been a coach with Soccer Shots since 2017. Her favorite part of coaching for Soccer Shots is the excitement that the children have when they know it’s time for soccer, along with watching them learn the concepts and character words and continue to grow and improve. She aspires to have a positive impact on each child she meets and is inspired to continue to learn and grow herself as a coach.
Coach Natalie is a sophomore at Thomas Moore College in Crestview KY. She is majoring in middle school education and special education. She’s on the women’s golf team there as well. She has been playing soccer since she was five years old and really enjoys the sport. Natalie loves coaching such a fun age group of children. She is super excited to be working with Soccer Shots and is looking forward to meeting your child!
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 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!
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Coach Shannon has been coaching with Soccer Shots since August of 2012. She was born and raised in Cincinnati and played soccer growing up. She received her Masters degree in early childhood education from Xavier University and has taught a variety of ages throughout her career. She is currently a pre-k teacher at Butler County Early Service Center. She has a 12-year-old daughter (who plays competitive soccer) and a dog named Rocky. When Coach Shannon is not coaching, teaching, 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 lives on the west side of Cincinnati with his family. He has been involved in our community youth soccer program for 12 years. He currently is the coordinator for a club program in his area and also coaches his two sons’ soccer teams (12u & 10u). Mike has played soccer since he was 4 years old and also enjoys coaching his son’s baseball team! In his free time, he enjoys sports, camping, and vacationing at the beach! When a coaching position opened at Soccer Shots, it was a no-brainer! Mike enjoys seeing the children develop and learn new skills. The smiles on their faces are extremely rewarding!
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!
Emilson hails from Honduras in Central America and has had a deep love of soccer since he was 5 years old when he first started kicking a soccer ball.
Emilson is passionate about the history of futbol, and has continued to play and coach both children and teens. He currently lives in southern Ohio with his wife and infant daughter. He wishes to share his love of soccer with his family and yours!
If you have a passion for positively impacting children, we’d love to talk to you.