Coach Amanda is from Staten Island, New York. She moved to San Diego in March 2018 to continue impacting children on and off the soccer field. Coach Amanda coached & directed for the Soccer Shots franchise in Staten Island before her move. Coach Amanda graduated from the University of Vermont where she played Division 1 soccer.
She earned her Bachelors’s Degree in Early Childhood Special Education with a concentration in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Coach Amanda has been playing soccer since the age of 4, she typically plays in the midfield. Coach Amanda’s favorite food is pizza and she loves to make it from scratch. In her free time, Coach Amanda likes to play soccer with her friends; she is a part of a co-ed league & a women’s league here in San Diego.
Fun fact about Coach Amanda: when she was first introduced to soccer she loved to play with grass more than the actual soccer ball. “Each week I would look forward to going to soccer practice, however, once I got there I would chase butterflies and play with the grass. After a year of not playing soccer I one day just decided to join in. I have been playing soccer ever since and thank my dad for continuing to bring me to the soccer field regardless of if I played or not.”
“I enjoy teaching children about the sport I love, it also fascinates me how much they enjoy learning character development while interacting with their peers. I love doing this job because of the impact Soccer Shots sessions have on children. Moving to San Diego has allowed me to visit some awesome townships and meet amazing families and children!”
Coach Amanda’s favorite Soccer Shots game is the Silly Martian game, “children always love to kick coach with a soccer ball, and it is truly amazing to see all of them smile and giggle while doing it!” Coach Amanda can’t wait to share her passion for soccer, character development, and enthusiasm with your children!
Coach Andrew graduated from Chapman University where he earned a Bachelors in Sociology with a Minor in Physical Education for Elementary. He was a scholarship football player in college and a multi-sport athlete at Grossmont High School where he excelled in soccer, track and field, football, and baseball. Coach Andrew first played soccer when he was 5 years old and he believes it helped him excel in all other sports in his life. His favorite position in soccer is forward because who doesn’t like scoring goals?!
Coach Andrew has been working with children for over 18 years and found the Soccer Shots opportunity while working in an after-school program. His experience of working with youth and his passion for sports made coaching for Soccer Shots an easy match. When Andrew is not coaching he enjoys being a Dad and going to the beach with his family. He has a 4-year-old daughter and they love eating their favorite food together, pizza!
“I like teaching children new games and character development words so they can learn new things every week when I am coaching soccer shots. I love being a soccer coach and having fun with all the different children I teach all over San Diego.
My favorite Soccer Shots game is Castle keepers. It is a really fun way to teach children how to be goalie and the other children get to try to score goals. It is a good way to teach two positions in one game.” Coach Andrew can’t wait to share his passion for sports, character development, and healthy lifestyles with your children!
Part-Time Events and Marketing Assistant
Coach Bella was born and raised in San Diego!
Cierra is from Descanso, California. A small, mountain town in San Diego County. She traveled to Miami, Florida to receive her Masters in Entrepreneurial Management at Barry University. In Miami, she was a two-time DII National Champion for rowing.
Cierra was introduced to soccer at 4 years old and was coached by her parents. She continued to play soccer for 10 years in club teams in San Diego and for her High School, OLP. She loves playing center mid or left mid. As she grew up, she has always been in sports. Whether it was track, cross country, rowing, or the beautiful game she loves the idea of teamwork and building new friendships.
Cierra loves salmon. She can have salmon cooked, raw, hot, and cold. If you know Cierra, you know her favorite color is orange, and she is so excited to wear the orange Soccer Shots shirts (say that 10 times fast!). Cierra loves anything involved with healthy living and sunshine. She loves being able to work where her passions for health, growth, and fitness are incorporated into her job at Soccer Shots!
Coach Deston was born in Escondido, CA, and has lived in San Diego most of his life. He studied at UCSD and has lived abroad in Asia as an English teacher. He has been a dancer since his college days and loves to exercise in fun and exciting ways.
Coach Deston’s favorite food is hot pot and his favorite color is blue!
He loves to sing karaoke. Coach Deston also speaks Chinese, and he knows the secret language called “Ibe.” Ask him to teach it to you!
He loves his hometown and wants to build a better San Diego through building a stronger community.
Hope to meet you soon!
Originally, Coach Diego is from Oceanside, California. His parents both worked in and for the Military there. When he was entering the fifth grade his Dad was stationed in Norfolk, Virginia. Coach Diego lived in Virginia Beach for 8 years and eventually made his way back to San Diego as he started his senior year of high school, which was 2015.
Ever since then he has been here living in Chula Vista. Coach Diego is half Spanish and half German. He mainly grew up with his Mom’s side of the family because they live here in San Diego. He has a very big family and it’s something he enjoys and takes advantage of whenever he can. Coach Diego grew up living with his parents and older brother, who graduated from a University in Virginia and is currently living there. He currently goes to Southwestern College as a History Major and Administration Minor. He plans to get his Associates’ Degree and transfer to SDSU. His end goal is to become a teacher and while teaching he plans to work on his Masters in Administration to allow him to become a Principle at either an Elementary School or High School.
Coach Diego has played soccer since he was three years old, he started playing for teams in Oceanside up until he moved to Virginia. Once he moved, his soccer career took off through travel and academy teams throughout. Since he was about eight years old, he has been a goalkeeper. Coach Diego’s first goalkeeper coach was Coach Tran of the Old Dominion Soccer Club, who played for the South Korean National Soccer Team through the 1970s.
He had the biggest impact on my soccer career and he shaped me into the Goalkeeper I grew up to be. His way of training is how I teach my students to this day. Coach Diego played soccer in Middle School and through High School starting as the Varsity Goalkeeper all four years, three of which were at Salem High school in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and his final year playing at Hilltop High School. He also played football three years of High School as a Defensive Lineman and the Punter and PAT kicker. In Virginia, he wrestled in his off-season of soccer as well as football in order to stay in shape.
Coach Diego’s favorite food is Italian, he loves pasta and loves to cook it as much as possible. His favorite color is turquoise, a mix of green and blue. He loves to go to the gym in his spare time and hanging out with friends and family whenever he gets the chance. Coach Diego also enjoys going out to new restaurants and trying different foods and exploring new places!
The first fun fact about Coach Diego is that he is a die-hard Sneaker-head, which means he absolutely loves shoes and the street clothing that pairs with them. Another fun fact about him is that he loves to draw- he draws all sorts of things. He may not be the best, but he always has fun doing it!
Coach Diego is passionate about working at Soccer Shots because the age groups that he works with are so receptive to new information and that really allows him to make the biggest and best impact on each player. The style of teaching and the attitude of the coaches really play a benefit to the kids’ learning ability of the sport. This style of teaching also allows for the kids to learn discipline and control over their own playing style and ultimately just having a great time doing it!
Coach Fel was born and raised in Fresno, CA and initially came to San Diego for grad school. She has been in SD since 2019 but misses Monterey Bay where she spent five years and earned a bachelor’s in Psychology (CSUMB). Coach Fel used to be a preschool teacher and hopes to continue pursuing a career in child development.
She has been playing soccer since she was six years old and enjoys playing forward. She also enjoys disc golf! Her favorite food is thick crust pizza (Gianni’s in Monterey) and anything that involves bread. In her free time, she likes to go to the gym, play in her adult soccer league, play video games and take her dog for walkies!
Two fun facts about coach Fel are that she is a Women’s National Collegiate Disc Golf Champion and has competed in several Spartan Races throughout California. She is passionate about working for Soccer Shots because she gets to impact children through her favorite sport! Especially since it’s done in a way that builds confidence and promotes character development while also experiencing the momentum of their progress.
Coach Gianna is from Chula Vista, Ca, she and her family have lived in San Diego her whole life and she plans to continue living here! She grew up in a Hispanic household and has played soccer since she was 5 years old. Coach Gianna was a midfielder and defender and also participated in cross country, swim, and track and field.
Coach Gianna’s favorite color is red and her favorite food is tacos! She enjoys singing and playing piano as well as painting and running in her free time. Two fun facts include that she has never broken a bone and that she was an opera major at SDSU! Gianna loves working with kids and admires their creativity, she is extremely excited to join the team and create a positive and fun environment for the youth!
Coach Izzy was born and raised in San Diego. After completing High School, she moved to different cities mostly Northern California. Her love to be close to her family brought her back to our beautiful San Diego where the beach is never too far.
Soccer was an important part of her childhood as her brother was on a soccer team and she looked forward to Saturday mornings where she would cheer him on. Throughout college, she attended various soccer tournaments as well as keeping up with the World Cup. Her love for the sport and her passion for children brought her to Soccer Shots.
Coach Izzy enjoys volunteering for summer school camps where she is able to impact each child with her energetic personality. She spends her days off exploring nearby cities. As well as, enjoying the company of family and friends. Regardless, of where she’s going she loves finding small mom-and-pop places to eat.
Coach Jessi is from Ohio and she moved here this past year in search of a change of pace and some sunshine. She has been playing soccer since she was four years old. Throughout her four years in high school, she was a varsity athlete in both soccer and track and was a two-time state qualifier in both indoor and outdoor track and field at LBHS. Her favorite spot on the field is somewhere in the midfield, typically left mid where being left-footed would come in handy!
Her favorite food color is green which also happens to be her favorite color
In her free time, she enjoys traveling, skateboarding, and camping! She loves taking her dog Jade on hikes and on long car rides and her favorite place they have traveled to together is Utah! Jessi is passionate about working in childcare, having an impact on future generations, and is excited to work for Soccer Shots whose focus is empowering and uplifting the youth through a sport she loves.
Kassandra was born and raised in San Diego where she began playing soccer at the age of 9. She started off as a forward but then decided to become a goalkeeper and fell in love with the position. She played ECNL, DA, WPSL, and college ball. She attends San Diego Christian College as a business major and is hoping to open her own business in the future, something having to do with children and hopefully soccer.
Her favorite food is her custom bowl at Cava, her favorite drink is Celsius. Her favorite color is baby blue and her favorite color to wear is black. In her free time, she likes to hang out with friends, play soccer, hang out with her dog and go to the gym. Fun facts about Kassandra are she likes to explore a lot and loves the beach, especially if wherever she goes she has her dog right by her side.
She is passionate about working for Soccer Shots because she loves having a positive impact on kids and seeing them grow. Children to her are so precious and pure, if they have a love for soccer or for anything, it should be something they follow so they will always have something important to them that they love. She is so grateful for all the coaches she has had because she would not be where she is without them and if Soccer Shots is a child’s first soccer program, she loves to be part of it!
Coach Liam is originally from the
Bay Area, and moved to San Diego in 2018 for school. He is a senior pursuing a business degree from San Diego State University. He grew up with 3 older brothers and has been involved in sports since he was 4 years old. He played soccer for 4 years growing up,
and continued to play football, rugby, and golf in high school.
Coach Liam’s favorite food is chicken wings and favorite color is orange. In his free time he likes to skateboard, hike, and go to the beach. 2 fun facts about him are
that he is a 2x Intramural flag football champion, and more than half his clothes are from thrift stores. Coach Liam has worked with elementary school students for over 4 years, and believes the positive impact sports have on children will carry with them for the rest of their lives.
Full-Time Camp Coach
Marcos was born and raised here in San Diego, although he prefers saying that he’s from “La Frontera.” He grew up in San Ysidro, a district of the City of San Diego immediately north of the U.S.-Mexico border. He graduated from San Ysidro High School Class in 2016 where he played soccer for a club outside of school in the Left-Back position.
His favorite food is sushi though Korean-style wings are of his liking too. Marcos’s favorite color is gray, and in his free time, he likes to read comic books, go to the movie theatre or spend time with his friends and family. Marcos is the oldest out of a combined nine siblings, which is why he is so passionate about working for Soccer Shots. He aspires to set a good example for his younger siblings because he believes that with good practice, soccer can teach a person, especially children, how to be a good person and an excellent team member.
Coach Matthew is from Imperial Beach and has stayed in San Diego all his life. He currently attends San Diego State University studying Business Administration. Coach Matthew started playing soccer in high school but has always been an avid fan of the sport where he enjoys watching the Premier League and following the U.S. national teams.
His favorite color is blue, and his food of choice is pizza. In his free time, he likes to run and attend sporting events for a multitude of sports such as baseball, basketball, and of course soccer. A fun fact about Coach Matthew is that he can sail boats. He also has double-jointed fingers.
Coach Matthew is passionate about working for Soccer Shots because he knows, from his childhood experience, how much sports can have an impact on children in all facets of life. He looks forward to helping the children and seeing the growth of each kid over the course of the season.
Director of Child Development
Coach Michael is originally from Portland, OR. He moved to San Diego back in 2005 for a new job. The majority of his career has been spent building sales teams within multiple industries, including healthcare and human resources.
Although Coach Michael never played competitive soccer, he has spent the last three years coaching both his boys in various soccer teams. Coach Michael competed in various sports including baseball, wrestling, and hockey.
Coach Michael has a twin sister and is a 4x fantasy football champion. He has a passion for building relationships. Joining the Soccer Shots team allows him to be a kid at heart and role model for his players.
Coach Rowan is from Tucson, Arizona. He started playing soccer at the age of 3 in Nogales, Arizona, and I continued to play throughout high school in Tucson. While he has played all over the field in his career, central midfield is his favorite position because he can be involved on both ends of the pitch and get lots of touches on the ball as well!
Coach Rowan’s favorite food color is green because green food is healthy and makes you grow up to be a big strong soccer player. In his free time, he likes to surf, skate, and play lots of piano.
Two fun facts about him are that he has two adorable dogs back home named Nina and Bella, and another fun fact is that he won a freestyle soccer trick contest before.
Coach Rowan is incredibly passionate about joining Soccer Shots because Soccer was always the best part of the day when he was younger and wants to be able to give as many kids as possible the same opportunities which he had to go have a blast on the soccer pitch.
HR and Recruiter
Coach Shayne is from Sacramento, California, and came to San Diego to pursue a career working with children. She earned her Bachelors’s Degree in Multicultural Studies from Sonoma State University and continued her education at Biola University where she earned a Master’s Degree in Intercultural Studies. While earning her degrees, she worked as a Director for a summer camp and was also a preschool teacher.
Coach Shayne started playing soccer at the age of four and continued playing until college, joining both indoor and outdoor soccer teams where she played as a midfielder. In her free time, she loves to cook! She enjoys finding new recipes and making things from scratch, but most of all she loves cooking Filipino food with recipes that have been passed down in her family. When she’s not cooking, her favorite food to eat is sushi and her favorite color is baby blue.
Coach Shayne is that as a child, she learned to read music before learning to read books. She comes from a family of musicians and loves to play the piano and guitar.
Coach Shayne recognizes the impact that her coaches made on her as a kid, and is excited to be able to be that person for children today, by working for Soccer Shots. She is excited to create an environment that encourages creativity, growth, and fun out on the soccer field.
Coach Zaydee is from Ramona, CA. She came to San Diego to study at San Diego State University and is currently enrolled in her senior year majoring in Business Administration with a focus in Management. Prior to attending SDSU, Coach Zaydee attended San Diego Miramar College where she obtained her Associate in Science for Transfer majoring in Business Administration. Coach Zaydee began playing soccer when he was about 5 years old and continued to play competitively until she was in college. Throughout her years of playing soccer, Coach Zaydee has played almost every position and typically played center mid but her favorite position was goalie. In high school, Coach Zaydee also played for her Varsity Tennis team as well as the Varsity Lacrosse team.
Her favorite food color is red because she loves spicy food. In her free time, Coach Zaydee enjoys spending time in Ramona with her family and dog, going to the beach, working out, and cooking. A fun fact about Coach Zaydee is that she comes from a very large family. She has 4 siblings, 26 aunts and uncles, and over 40 cousins, almost all living in Ramona. Another fun fact about Coach Zaydee is that she has never broken a bone. Coach Zaydee is passionate about working for Soccer Shots because her dad was a soccer coach for many years and she was able to see how he used soccer to positively impact children’s lives and she strives to do the same for others.
If you have a passion for positively impacting children through youth sports, we’d love to talk to you.