Jon Beyerle, Owner/Director
Jon is the Owner of Soccer Shots of Greater Charlotte. He began playing soccer when he was 6 years old and continues to play today, although at a much slower pace! He played at Messiah College where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, with a Social Studies Concentration. Following graduation, he played for various men’s teams spanning from New York to California, has coached children of all ages and was the Director of the Tri-Valley Soccer Camp in Oneida, NY. Jon lives in Huntersville with his wife Lauren and two children.
He started Soccer Shots of Greater Charlotte in 2007 to positively impact the children of Gaston, Cabarrus & Iredell Counties as well as in the town of Denver. His team of caring, trained and positive coaches take working with young children very seriously and look forward to each season!
Sarah Hambleton, Operations Director
To many of you, Coach Sarah needs no introduction as we have been blessed to have her as one of our coaches since 2011! Sarah genuinely cares about the children she coaches and thoroughly enjoys teaching them the wonderful game of soccer.
She started playing soccer at the age of 8 and played college soccer at the State University of New York at Geneseo where she received a bachelor’s degree in Sociology. After graduation, Sarah continued her education at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC where she received her Elementary Education teaching license and taught fifth grade. She lives in Huntersville and is always on the go trying to keep up with her 3 crazy boys!
Amy Andrews, Administrative Director & Cabarrus County Coordinator
Coach Amy started playing soccer when she was 8 years old, and continued playing all through high school and then intramurals in college. She lives in Charlotte with her husband and 2 sons and has coached both of them in their early years. She has been a substitute teacher in their preschool, and has held just about every possible PTA position, from President to Book Fair Chair, Finance Chair, Fall Festival Chair, etc.
“My job with Soccer Shots is a fantastic mix of two of my favorite things – working with children and playing soccer!”
Jennifer Smith, Director of Marketing
Jennifer is from the great state of Texas, but spent the previous 20+ years moving around the country with her military husband, daughters and two dogs. After retiring from the military, she and her family moved to the Lake Norman/Mooresville area and fell in love with it.
Jen has a degree in Cartography and Photogrammetry (map design) and a minor in Psychology. She has spent most of her adult life volunteering with the military and at her daughter’s schools, which she has thoroughly enjoyed. In addition to those endeavors, she also built and ran a successful online business!
Jen has played high school and competitive soccer, coached varsity girls high school and rec, and managed her daughter’s competitive teams. She is a lifelong lover of the sport and is super excited to be a part of the Soccer Shots family and is looking forward to seeing y’all on soccer island!
Coach Emily grew up in Charlotte and started playing soccer when she was 7 years old. After playing competitively through high school and club teams, she’s now channelling her passion for the game by coaching.
She loves coaching and shaping young lives so much, we’ve asked her to help with administrative duties like managing our Iredell County programs, finding other amazing coaches to provide the best soccer class at each of our locations as well as spreading awareness of our programs through social media. We’re thrilled to have her!
“Soccer has always been a huge part of my life! After graduating from Virginia Tech, God blessed me with two children and it has been an absolute joy sharing the game with them. Through coaching, I love that I can inspire other children and see their growth both on the soccer field and as individuals!”
“Hi, I’m Danielle but to make it a bit easier, the kiddos call me Coach Dani!
I’m originally from Long Island, NY where I began playing soccer at 5 years old. Throughout my many years of soccer, I have played for youth teams, clubs and schools.
Currently, I have my associate’s degree from my local community college, and summer of 2022 I completed (and passed) my NASM Certified Nutrition Coach program! I am always looking for new ways to help others and I’m super excited I get to have a part in your children’s lives. I can’t wait to meet each and every one of you! :)”
Dani is our Swiss Army Knife… she can do it all! In addition to coaching for us, she’s helps keep us organized by performing admin duties as well managing our new area of Rowan County!
If you have a passion for positively impacting children, we’d love to talk to you.
The “Three Cs” – Coaching, Communication and Curriculum
The foundation of Soccer Shots is our relentless commitment to providing best-in-class coaching, communication and curriculum.
The best coaches in the business
- Every Soccer Shots coach must complete our comprehensive training program to receive certification.
- All Soccer Shots coaches are trained in the use of developmentally appropriate techniques.
- Coaches are routinely evaluated and undergo ongoing training.
- Our coach selection process evaluates not only the ability to coach soccer, but also the ability to engage and inspire children.
An exceptional customer experience with ongoing communication
- You will receive a weekly summary of what your child is learning at Soccer Shots.
- We proactively communicate cancellations due to weather or other circumstances.
- Our staff understands the importance of timely, responsive communication.
Expert-approved curriculum that aligns with early childhood education standards
- Our developmentally appropriate curriculum places an emphasis on character development and skill building.
- Our program is created under the guidance of childhood education specialists, professional soccer players and experienced and licensed soccer coaches.
- We constantly re-evaluate and update our curriculum to stay current with childhood education standards.
Our Vision: To provide a beloved growth experience for every child; a remarkable experience for every family.
The History of Soccer Shots
Our founding partners, Jeremy Sorzano and Jason Webb, were soccer teammates both in college and professionally. They formed Soccer Shots® in 1997 after recognizing a lack of quality soccer programs for children under age 8. They shared an entrepreneurial spirit, a deep love of soccer, and a passion to inspire children to live fit and healthy lives.
The success of Soccer Shots in Charlotte, NC and Harrisburg, PA, where Sorzano and Webb first launched their businesses, led to several of their friends and former teammates wanting to get involved. In 2005, Soccer Shots began franchising and opened its first four franchises in OH, DE, FL, and PA. The business opportunity began to attract more soccer entrepreneurs, and Soccer Shots has enjoyed growing around the country and into Canada.
In May of 2009, Justin Bredeman, another former college soccer teammate, became the third Soccer Shots partner. Justin brought with him eight years of experience from Auntie Anne’s, Inc., a pretzel franchising company, where he led a team that supported nearly 800 franchise units. His deep understanding of the franchise business model also comes from the knowledge gained from his five years of owning and running a Soccer Shots business of his own.
From its humble beginnings, Soccer Shots has grown beyond Jeremy and Jason’s biggest dreams, with over 200 territories across 37 states and Canada. There were over 440,000 enrollments into Soccer Shots programming in 2018.
The business is consistently recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine as the #1 Children’s Fitness Franchise in the U.S. And today, Soccer Shots is positioned as the best-in-class children’s soccer program with a focus on character development.
And while the accolades are appreciated, our mission remains focused – positively impacting children’s lives.
Soccer Shots Franchising, LLC is based in central Pennsylvania, just east of Harrisburg. Learn more about franchising with Soccer Shots at soccershotsfranchising.com.
Stronger Youth. Beyond the Game.
We believe that soccer is a powerful vehicle for positively impacting youth. Through our partnership with the U.S. Soccer Foundation, we aim to impact children who live in underserved communities through quality soccer programs that support their physical and personal development.