Coach & 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!
Coach & Cabarrus County Director
Coach Amy started playing soccer when she was 8 yrs old, and continued playing all through high school and then intramurals in college. She still enjoys playing in Charlotte area ladies’ and co-ed leagues.
Not only is Amy a fantastic coach, she is also very driven and believes in the Soccer Shots message. And because of that, she has added the role of Cabarrus County Sales Manager to her role as Coach!
“I live in Charlotte with my husband and 2 sons, and I have coached both of them in their early years playing recreational soccer. I have also been a substitute teacher in their preschool, and I have 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!”
Coach & Outreach Maestro
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 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!”
Coach & Director Of Marketing
Coach Kelsey is thrilled to be a part of the Soccer Shots team! She recently moved from Chicago to Mooresville with her husband and two sons, and has loved coaching and getting to know this wonderful Greater Charlotte community.
Having played soccer since she was five and competitively from the age of eight, she loves sharing her skills, knowledge and love of the game with those she teaches. As a co-captain of a high school team that won third in state and a co-president of the University of Kansas club team that won second at nationals, she has been a leader both on and off the field. “Soccer has been an important part of my life from an early age. I believe it’s a great way to connect with others and learn valuable lessons about teamwork and determination in a fun environment.”
Not only has Kelsey been using coaching to connect with the community, she has also taken on the role of Director of Marketing. Through this position she builds partnerships with local businesses and non-profit organizations to deliver extra value to Soccer Shots customers & help Soccer Shots give back to those in need. Additionally, she manages all brand communications including email marketing and media.
Justin moved down to the Charlotte area from Albany, NY in January 2016 to set down roots and really likes it here! He began coaching with us in late 2016 and has proven himself as a great coach! We receive regular emails from parents talking about how well he coaches. We’re happy to have him!
‘I’ve played soccer since I was five years old and now I play in adult leagues. I’ve run summer soccer camps while I was in high school and I currently teach middle school in Statesville. I’m glad I have the chance to work with younger children to share my passion for soccer with them. I look forward to meeting you all this season!’
Theresa (better known as “Coach Tee”) started playing soccer when she was four years old, and has loved it ever since! She played for her club and high school in California, and then moved to North Carolina to play for Belmont Abbey College. When she is not playing soccer, she is cooking hamburgers in her backyard or chasing her children around. She loves working with children, and hopes to pass on her love of soccer to each child she meets!
A Virginia native, Coach Ja’Land attended Radford University and graduated with a B.S. in Exercise Science and Health Education. He works full time as an Elementary Physical Education Teacher in Cabarrus County and part time for Soccer Shots. He’s got tons of energy and we’re happy to have him as one of our coaches!
In his free time, he loves to play basketball and travel with family. “Working with children is my greatest passion and I look forward to meeting and coaching your child.”
Coach Ashley has been playing soccer for over 30 years and continues to play in tournaments and recreational leagues. She has been coaching youth soccer for six years and loves having fun with the kids while supporting their growth. When she is not on the soccer field she can be found spending time outdoors with her son, caring for her animals, kayaking, or volunteering in the community.
Mikayla “Coach Kayla” coaches in Gaston County and we’re really excited to have her!
“I have been working with kiddos for over five years now. I love playing soccer and my entire family does too. From coaching to reffing, we all play a part in the soccer world. I am in school for my social work degree and am so pumped to play soccer with all the kiddos!”
Coach Chris has been playing soccer most of his life! He is highly experienced in working with children through substitute teaching, tutoring, and being a former camp counselor.
“I am passionate about creating an environment where children can have fun playing soccer while learning along the way. I am full of energy and super excited for the new season, so you can be sure I will be able to keep up with your little ones and give them an amazing experience!”
Being a military child, Coach Leah has played soccer all over the world since she was 4 years old. She moved from Japan to Charlotte in high school… talk about culture shock! She’s currently working toward a B.S. in Elementary Education and Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
“Moving around the world all the time at such an early age, my love for soccer has been the only thing that has never changed! I can’t wait to share this love for the game with your kiddos!”
Born and raised in North Carolina, Coach Janae grew up active in many sports including soccer, volleyball, dance, and basketball. Janae is a student at CPCC getting her Associates degree, and she plans to pursue a BA in architecture at UNCC.
“Almost all of my free time is spent playing with my five dogs (and keeping my soccer balls out of popping distance). My personal motto is perseverance and it’s my goal to provide every child with a positive experience that both parent and child will look forward to!”
Coach Hayley was born in California but grew up in North Carolina and has played soccer since she was six years old. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and spent some time in New York City and Germany before moving to Charlotte in 2019.
“My favorite coaches growing up were the ones who didn’t shy away from having fun. It’s made me a firm believer in laughing while learning, and I can’t wait to share that joy with the next generation of soccer players!”
Robert, better known as “Coach Bert” was raised in Vermont, went to college in Alabama and has lived in North Carolina since graduation. Growing up, he enjoyed playing soccer, baseball, basketball, lacrosse, and anything else that would have him outside and running. He had many coaches growing up that all put having fun and being a good person first, that inspired him to want to coach based on the same values. He’s super excited to start coaching this season!
Coach Lucas is our newest member of the team and he’s really excited to join Soccer Shots of Greater Charlotte!
“My name is Lucas and I started playing soccer when I was 5 years old so I know how much it means to young kids to have a good coach. I played soccer all through middle school and part of high school for my school and club teams. I love working with children; I have worked in my church’s children ministry for the past 5 years. Soccer was a huge part of my childhood and was a big source of entertainment and I just want to see more kids enjoy the sport.”
Coach Riley has been playing soccer since the age of three. He continues to play today while he attends college. Riley is also active in his church and loves working with children!
“I love being able to work with kids and teach them about the game I grew up playing and have a passion for. I believe as an ambassador for the sport, it is my duty to impact the children I coach in a positive way. I was very lucky to have great coaches who taught me the sport as well as several life lessons that stick with me today. Because of this, I know the kind of influence a good coach can have on a child, and love being able to have the same positive influence on every child I work with!”
If you have a passion for positively impacting children, we’d love to talk to you.