Coach Patrick is our Executive Director and has been watching and playing soccer since he was a mini! He starting out as a Soccer Shots coach in 2017 and then stepped into the role of Director of Coaching in early 2018. Coach Patrick has served as our Executive Director since October of 2018. He played soccer through high school and has not stopped watching the game. Coach Patrick graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Sport and Recreation Management. He has coached others since the age of fourteen in various sports, but soccer has always been his favorite.
Director of Operations
Coach Amanda is our Director of Operations and she grew up in Iowa, where she graduated from the University of Iowa with an Elementary Education degree. Coach Amanda taught preschool in the Denver area prior to joining the Soccer Shots team. In June 2018 Coach Amanda started coaching for Soccer Shots, and stepped into the Director of Operations role in October 2019. She loves working with students, and getting to be a fun and exciting part of their day! When she isn’t coaching soccer, she is outside climbing, hiking, or running!
Director of Coaching
Coach Dan is our Director of Coaching and grew up in Littleton, Colorado. Coach Dan joined the team in October 2018 as a coach and began serving as our Director of Coaching in June 2019. He’s been playing soccer since he was 4 years old. While studying Sport Psychology at John F. Kennedy University in California, Coach Dan coached middle school soccer and various other sports but soccer has always been his favorite. While not on Soccer Island, Coach Dan enjoys spending time with his wife, Candace, and their son, Nathan, playing soccer, golf, and basketball, hiking in the mountains, and playing with his dog Howie!
Director of Development
Coach Kevin is our Director of Development and he grew up in New York and has been playing soccer since he was 2 years old. Coach Kevin started with us as a full-time coach in January 2019 and then stepped into the Director of Development role in December 2019. He played throughout High School and played D1 with the University of Nevada Las Vegas where he majored in Hotel Management and minored in marketing. When Coach Kevin isn’t teaching or playing soccer, you can find him hiking most trails in Colorado, cheering on his favorite futbol team, Arsenal, cooking a great meal, camping, exploring and spending quality time with family and friends.
Coach Cody was born in Colorado and has lived here for his entire life. He started playing soccer when he was 5 and played all the way through high school. When he’s not on Soccer Island, he loves doing stuff outdoors like hiking 14ers or going skiing and he’s super excited to help his new friends get better at soccer!
Coach Alison was born and raised in Maryland where she grew up playing
soccer and enjoying several other sports. She has an AA in Political
Science from Harford Community College and a BA in Education Policy from
Hampshire College. Alison became a licensed early childhood educator via
Mount Holyoke College in 2021. When she is not on soccer island, Coach Alison enjoys exploring the city of Denver (her new home) and hiking in sunny Colorado. Coach Alison believes that political activism is important to creating a better environment for youth and enjoys co-creating memorable
experiences for young people.
Coach Dean was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and has been living in Colorado since he was 12. He grew up playing a variety of sports and played baseball throughout high school. Coach Dean will be graduating from MSU Denver after this 2021 fall semester with a major in marketing and a double minor in sales and sports management. When he is not coaching soccer or doing school work, coach Dean loves to watch sports. His favorite sport franchises are the Cincinnati Bengals and the Denver Nuggets.
Coach Dikesh was born and raised in Kathmandu Nepal, home of Mount Everest. He started playing soccer at just 4 years old, and it has been his passion ever since. He played for the under 19 national team of Nepal before moving to the United States, where he has coached soccer for over 10 years. When not on the soccer field, you can find him watching La Liga matches on weekend mornings, hiking, and camping with his wife and dog in the CO mountains, and learning guitar.
Coach Elise grew up in Minnesota playing soccer and continued on to play for North Park University. She has enjoyed coaching youth soccer across the country in Montana, Illinois, Oregon and her home state of Colorado. She loves the energy and excitement that kids show when learning new skills and meeting new friends. She currently works for a behavior health licensing board. When not coaching, she loves to run, check another National Park off her bucket list and spend time with her partner Kayli and Aussie pup Koda.
Coach Genevieve was born and raised here in Denver Colorado. She started playing soccer in high school and has been in love with the sport ever since. When not on soccer island Coach Genevieve loves to hike and hang out with her dog Chanel. Coach Genevieve is very excited for all her soccer friends to develop their own love and skill set for the sport throughout our Soccer Shots journey together!
Coach Gillian is a New Jersey native who grew up playing soccer since the age of 6. She played soccer at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in upstate New York where she double majored in psychology and philosophy, and minored in child advocacy. New to Colorado, she is extremely excited to share her passion and build confidence with her new Soccer Friends! Outside of Soccer Island, Gillian enjoys hiking, skiing, painting, traveling, and working with children with special needs.
Coach Isis grew up in Lakewood, CO. She is so excited to be able to give back to our young Soccer Friends, helping them to experience the fun and joy that she got playing soccer as a little girl. Besides soccer, Coach Isis spends her time with her dog, Remi, going on hikes and visiting dog parks. Coach Isis is looking forward to meeting all her new Soccer Friends!
Coach Jenni was born and raised in Missouri. She began playing soccer when she was in elementary school and continued through high school where she fell in love with being a goalie. When Coach Jenni isn’t playing soccer she is hanging out with her pup Kora and traveling. Coach Jenni is so excited to meet all her new soccer friends and play the best sport ever!
Coach Kale’a grew up shredding waves in California; and played soccer all throughout middle school. She moved to Colorado with a culinary arts degree in 2018 to pursue her dreams in becoming a chef. Becoming a mother of 2 taught Kale’a that working with children is priceless and so much fun! When coach Kale’a is not on soccer island she is dancing with her kids, playing video games and gardening. She is most excited to help our future generations learn about their passions and meet new friends along the way.
Coach Karissa was born in Colorado and has lived here for her entire life. She started playing soccer when she was 2 years old and played it all the way through high school. She is currently attending Colorado Christian University. When she is not on Soccer Island you can find her going on adventures with roommates, spending time with family and 2 dogs, watching sports games, or exploring more of Colorado. She loves to hike, fish, play soccer, and be outdoors. She is super excited to help her soccer friends learn more and grow their skills in soccer while having fun!
Coach Kendra was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. She started playing sports at a young age, but found soccer was her true passion! She went on to join Chicago Fire Juniors soccer team and played throughout high school. After that, she began her journey in getting a degree for Early Childhood Education. She moved to Colorado in 2019 to become a preschool teacher & nanny. When not on the soccer field, you can find Coach Kendra hiking, going to the gym, or spending time with friends and family!
Coach Kristin grew up in western Montana. She graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in Physical Education. She enjoys helping her Soccer Friends gain confidence and enthusiasm for soccer. When she is not on Soccer Island, she spends her time exploring the wilderness with her dog Remmy.
Coach Kristyn grew up in Connecticut and played soccer, as well as a variety of other sports, throughout her life. She graduated from James Madison University in Virginia with a Masters in Elementary Education. She taught fifth grade for three years in Las Vegas before moving to Colorado! When Coach Kristyn is not on soccer island, she likes to exercise, hike, and explore the city with friends! She is excited to support her soccer friends as they grow and develop important skills both on and off the field!
Coach Michelle is a graduate from Colorado State University. She grew up in sports, playing AAA hockey the majority of her athletic career, moving on to play in college. She is a hard-working, caring, and kind role-model to those around her, especially the kids she influences. Coach Michelle is excited to share her passion for soccer with her new Soccer Friends! When she isn’t coaching her soccer friends, Michelle enjoys playing music, spending time with her dog, and coaching girls ice hockey.
Coach Morgan was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. She grew up playing a variety of sports and played softball in high school. Coach Morgan graduated from Bowling Green State University and moved to Denver to explore the mountains. She is a special education teacher and in her free time she loves to hike, travel, and hangout with friends.
Coach Paris was born and raised in Golden Colorado. She grew up playing soccer from a young age and now enjoys playing soccer and other sports with her 2 nieces and 3 nephews. Coach Pairs will be graduating from the University of Colorado Denver with degrees in Spanish and Business in the spring of 2021. When she graduates she hopes to continue enriching the lives of children especially in the Spanish language and culture. When she is not playing soccer or exploring the outdoors she loves baking a good chocolate cake and sharing it with her friends and family.
Coach Parker was raised in New Hampshire and moved to Colorado in 2016. He fell in love with soccer since he participated in youth camps (like Soccershots)! He continued to play soccer into college. When Coach Parker is not on Soccer Island, he likes to golf, play tennis, and grill. He also loves spending time in the beautiful Colorado mountains. Coach Parker is so excited to teach all his young Soccer Friends all about the game of soccer!
Coach Paul grew up in Denver Colorado. He has been playing soccer since he was 5. He competed through high school, and has continued to play for fun since. While he was studying Geology at Colorado College, he taught skiing and learned he loved to teach kids to be confident through sport. He is excited to transition from a player to a coach in his first year as a coach at Soccer Shots!
Coach Sam B
Coach Sam was born and raised in Houston, Texas where she grew up playing soccer since the age of 3 and was a goalkeeper. She attended Texas A&M where she studied Geology. She is now attending Colorado Christian University where she is getting her Master’s in Counseling. In her free time coach Sam loves to climb Colorado’s 14ers with her husky Luna and her friends. Coach Sam is very excited to get to share the sport she loves with all of her new soccer friends!
Coach Sam P
Coach Sam was born and raised in New Jersey until she was 18 years old and spent the last 6 years in San Diego, CA serving in the United States Navy as a Hospital Corpsman (medic). She started playing soccer at 2 years old and played throughout high school. As a new Colorado resident she enjoys spending time outdoors with friends and is excited to snowboard in the upcoming season. Coach Sam knows that her background with children and her love for soccer will make every Soccer Shots session exciting, fun and educational.
Coach Shelby was born and raised in Colorado. She has played soccer competitively since the age of 8 and stopped her soccer career when she moved to Florida to study at Stetson University under their biology department. She recently moved back to Colorado and is continuing her education with Denver School of Nursing. Outside of Soccer Shots, Coach Shelby enjoys spending time with her family and her two dogs! Coaching has shed light on the importance of childhood development, how special these classes are and the positive impact Coach Shelby has on all of her soccer friends. Coach Shelby’s goal is to create a safe, comfortable, and fun environment for all the children in Soccer Shots!
Coach Talon was born and raised in Denver Colorado. He grew up playing a variety of sports and played baseball in college. He recently graduated with a sports administration degree from Baker University. Coach Talon is excited to share his passion for soccer with his new soccer friends! When he isn’t coaching his soccer friends, Coach Talon enjoys spending his time in the mountains, playing with his puppy Zoey, and spending time with his friends and family.
Coach Taylor Leddy was born and raised in the southern humidity of Jackson, Mississippi. He played competitive soccer throughout his life and into college. Upon graduating from Mississippi State University with degrees in Psychology and Business Administration, he pursued his passion for mentoring young people through preaching, teaching, and coaching. He moved to Colorado in 2018 to experience “big city” life and now coaches soccer full time. When Coach Taylor is not on Soccer island, he can be found running/hiking the mountain trails, weightlifting, spending time with with family/friends, and watching superhero movies. He is excited to be a part of Soccer Shots and create an atmosphere that inspires his new Soccer friends to grow and develop both on & off Soccer Island!
Coach Thaw was born in Thailand and moved to Denver when she was 5. She played soccer in middle and high school. She’s currently attending MSU Denver, majoring in aviation and aerospace science to become a pilot! When Coach Thaw is not on soccer island, you can find her up in the air flying small airplanes, hiking our Colorado mountains, or enjoying company with friends and family. Coach Thaw is super excited to see her soccer friends grow and develop great characters through Soccer Shots!
Coach Vanessa was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. Coach Vanessa worked in Early Childhood Education for six years prior to joining Soccer Shots and is ECE certified. Coach Vanessa’s passion for soccer started at the age of 10. She played in middle school, Highschool and had the opportunity to play in college until she decided to start a family of her own. She has played semi-professionally for the WPSL and now plays competitively for her U25 team. When not on Soccer Island, Coach Vanessa enjoys hiking, singing and practicing phlebotomy.
Coach Zach was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, but grew up in San Antonio, Texas where he graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a degree in Anthropology. He moved to Golden, CO during the fall of 2019 with his wife, Lilly. Soccer is his favorite sport, and he has been playing since he was 3 years old! Coach Zach aspires to teach his soccer friends new skills and concepts they can use to be better students of life and soccer. While not on Soccer Island, Coach Zach spends his time playing soccer, mountain biking, skiing, watching movies, and hiking with his dog Sebastian!
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