Meet The Coaches

We are proud to have the best coaches in youth soccer.

Coach Wade

Coach Wade

Executive Director

After graduating from the College of William and Mary, Wade spent 12 years playing professional soccer for clubs including the San Jose Earthquakes, AGF Aarhus in the Danish SuperLiga, Norway’s Fredrikstad Football Club and our very own Houston Dynamo. Wade captained the Dynamo to back to back MLS Cup Championships in 2006 and 2007 and has also represented the Men’s National team on the pitch. After his playing career, Wade spent 7 years coaching for the Dynamo, most recently as the Head Coach. As a true fan of the game and the city of Houston, he has joined the Soccer Shots team to share his passion with the youth of our city. He loves to go on adventures with his wife Haley and their twins, Jack and Logan. Wade is one of the healthiest people you will meet, a vegan, and a talented ultra-marathon runner.

Coach Juan

Coach Juan

Director of Coaching

Coach Juan was born in El Salvador but grew up in Houston ever since he was 2 years old. He fell in love with the sport playing for various clubs in the Houston area. Coach Juan received his bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology at the University of Houston and is now pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration at Houston Baptist University. He plans to continue impacting the children of Houston and helping with the development of upcoming coaches. Coach Juan enjoys traveling and hopes to continue exploring the world!

Coach Sarah

Coach Sarah

Program Director

Coach Sarah made her way to Houston from Iowa where she grew up with her older sister, younger brother, and their many dogs! She began her soccer career early, played for numerous select teams through high school, on the club team at Michigan State University, and eventually as a Viking for Grand View University. Coach Sarah has years of coaching experience including individual, small-group, and specialized team training and also has received her “F” coaching license. Coach Sarah enjoys watching films, studying archaeology, and has traveling to Africa at the top of her bucket list!

Coach Melissa

Coach Melissa

Coaching Coordinator

Coach Melissa grew up just south of Houston in Manvel, TX with her older brother and sister! She began playing soccer at the early age of 7 for the local youth soccer club, and has loved the game ever since. Coach Melissa has earned a Bachelors of Science in  Kinesiology-Exercise Science at the University of Houston, and hopes to one day attend medical school for Physical Therapy! You can usually find Coach Melissa exploring the outdoors, traveling, or lifting weights with her cousins!

Coach Natalia

Coach Natalia

Coaching Coordinator

Coach Natalia grew up in Bogota, Colombia with her parents and two sisters – one of which is her twin, Coach Tatiana! She played soccer for Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN, where she studied general business and marketing. Her playing experience also includes the 2012 London Olympic games and 3 World cups with the Colombian National Team, and she currently plays semi-professionally for the the Houston Aces. She has coached at a Club level in Houston, and has received her “E” coaching license. Coach Natalia is fluent in both English and Spanish and enjoys traveling, working out and being with her 2 cats.

Coach Julia

Coach Julia

Program Coordinator

Coach Julia grew up in Southeast Houston, Texas with her older brother and sister. She has been on the soccer field since she was six years old and played 2 years of club in college. She then proceeded to coach for four years at YES Prep for the middle school and varsity team as the head coach! Besides her passion for soccer, Coach Julia also loves to have game nights with friends, running and just overall playing outside. When she isn’t playing soccer, you can find her cheering on the U.S Women’s National Team or enjoying the outdoors!

Coach Keath

Coach Keath

Program Coordinator

Coach Keath grew up in Spring, Texas with his four older sisters and two exotic pets: a ball python named Monty and a hedgehog named Eve. He has been on the soccer field since age five, and has been the defensive captain on every team that he has played for! Besides his passion for soccer, Coach Keath also loves to hike and would love to one day hike the length of the Pacific Coast Trail! When he isn’t playing soccer, you can find him cheering on the Mexico Men’s National Team or eating some ramen at the Koji Ramen House!

Coach Natalie

Coach Natalie

Program Coordinator

Coach Natalie grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina with her parents, older brother and dog, Brodie! Soccer has always been a part of her life, and she played all the way through her last year of high school! Natalie earned her Bachelor’s in Exercise Science from University of North Carolina at Wilmington and hopes to one day work in collegiate or professional sports! Coach Natalie also enjoys attending basketball games, watching soccer and exploring Houston. She hopes to one day visit Niagara Falls!

Coach Mateo

Coach Mateo

Partner Service Coordinator

Coach Mateo grew up in Guatemala and made his way to Houston at a young age. He started playing soccer from a young age and had the opportunity to coach at various clubs in the Houston area! Coach Mateo hopes to witness a World Cup final in person one day. In his spare time he loves going on hikes, playing sports, and spending time with family, and taking road trips!

Coach Rodrigo

Coach Rodrigo

Coach Rodrigo grew up in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, with a family full of brothers. He is currently studying Sports Management at the University of Houston, and has spent the past three years working as a coach. Rodrigo loves sharing his passion of soccer with kids, but when he’s off the field, you can find him exercising and eating at his favorite restaurant, Hop Doddy. Coach Rodrigo is fluent in both Spanish and English, and also enjoys playing a variety of musical instruments!

Coach Austin

Coach Austin

Coach Austin’s passion for soccer started early, playing for NC Classic Soccer Club in his hometown of Cary, NC. Austin went on to represent the Liberty University Flames in his college career. After graduating with a degree in religion, he earned his USSF National E License and USSF Referee Certifications.  He coached for a private club in North Carolina for 8 & 9 year olds!  He’s currently the Assistant Varsity Men’s coach at Second Baptist School. He enjoys spending his time coaching, working at Soccer Shots, playing soccer, helping at church, and spending time with his 8 year old Soccer Shots graduate!!

Coach Jesus

Coach Jesus

Coach Jesus grew up in Queens, New York with his two dogs, Tobi and Jacob! Soccer has always been a part of his life, and he is most looking forward to spreading the love for the sport and having a positive impact on the Soccer Shots community. Coach Jesus also enjoys eating pizza and watching his favorite show, The Walking Dead. He most admires Leonel Messi, and his favorite soccer team is Barcelona. He speaks both Spanish and English, and enjoys spending his free time playing the piano!

Coach Angelica

Coach Angelica

Coach “Jelly” born and raised here in Houston Texas is a butterfly enthusiast! She has her own Texas Native butterfly farm and hopes to one day open a gardening business to help the Monarch butterfly population and other pollinators. When she’s not gardening and farming, she’s attending the University of Houston Downtown finishing her Bachelor of Arts degree. It’s possible she’ll become your child’s teacher, how awesome is that!!!

Coach Josiah

Coach Josiah

Coach Josiah joins Soccer Shots Houston all the way from Florida, where he attended the University of South Florida in Tampa and spent as much time as possible enjoying the beach! Now, as a University of Houston cougar, he is currently pursuing a degree in Petroleum Engineering. Besides his many years of experience playing soccer, Coach Josiah also has a musical side and has been playing guitar and piano for over 18 years!

Coach Josue

Coach Josue

An avid Barcelona FC fan, Coach Josue is passionate about every aspect of the game! Originally from Mexico, Coach Josue and his four siblings made their way to the Houston area where he played for local club team Space City Futbol Club, and then on for the South Houston High School Trojans! After high school, he attended the University of Houston and graduated with his Bachelors degree in Kinesiology. Coach Josue has plans to one day become a Physical Education teacher, and can be found studying for his teacher certification at his favorite restaurant, Chipotle!

Coach Erin

Coach Erin

Originally from New York, Coach Erin has spent years honing her soccer skills on various club teams under the leadership of her dad! She’s eager to inspire the youth of our community and hopes to spread the same joy that soccer has given to her over the years. Coach Erin loves drinking water and snacking on Chick-Fil-A! When she’s not on the soccer field, you can find Coach Erin crafting or painting with her daughter!

 

Coach Luis

Coach Luis

Coach Luis was born and raised in Mexico City but moved to Texas after high school with his family. He is currently attending Lone Star College to continue his studies in business and hopes to find a career path that ties into soccer. Luis has many years of experience playing in Mexico for youth teams at Club America and Chivas Futbol Club, which has influenced him to share his passion with the younger generation of players. During his spare time, he enjoys watching soccer on TV, joining a pick-up game or playing some Fifa!

Coach Sebastian

Coach Sebastian

Coach Sebastian grew up in Colombia with his parents, then moved to the Houston area with his wife to pursue a career in childhood education. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in education at the North American University where he plays soccer for the club team. During his spare time, he enjoys playing soccer, spending time with his family and traveling to new and exciting places around the world. He hopes to one day visit Japan!

Coach Noah

Coach Noah

Coach Noah is a local Houstonian attending the University of Houston – Downtown to pursue a bachelor’s degree in social work. He cultivated a love of soccer later in his youth, and got the opportunity to play for his high school team and a local club in Manvel, Texas. His first role as a coach was coaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at his father’s gym. During his spare time, he enjoys creating art or playing soccer. After graduation he hopes to one day impact the Houston community through social work!

Coach David

Coach David

Coach David  made his way to Houston all the way from New Jersey where he grew up with his sister. His passion for soccer started at the age of three and later played four years of high school ball while also playing for multiple soccer clubs in the Houston area. Coach David is currently at Houston Community College but looks forward to transferring to the University of Houston to continue pursuing a degree in Computer Information Systems. In his free time, you can find Coach David fishing, playing soccer or working out!

Coach Taylor

Coach Taylor

Coach Taylor is originally from Katy, Texas where she grew up with her parents and older brother. She began playing soccer when she was five years old, and has only grown to love the game more as she played with Texas Premier Soccer Club and her high school team! Taylor earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Texas State University and plans to become an elementary teacher. In her spare time, Coach Taylor loves spending time with her puppy, reading, singing karaoke, and spending a lot of time with her family!

 

Coach Christian

Coach Christian

Coach Christian was born and raised in Houston, Texas. He attended Houston Baptist University where he played 2 years of Division I soccer and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. He hopes to find a career path that ties into soccer and hopes to continue impacting children on Soccer Island! During his spare time, he enjoys playing the drums (during the daytime and with respect to his neighbors, of course), playing basketball or working out!

Coach Manuel

Coach Manuel

Coach Manuel is originally from Venezuela but moved to Houston at an early age! He began his soccer career at the age of eight and enjoys coaching young soccer players. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in accounting at Lone Star College but looks forward to becoming an outlet of pure fun for his All-Stars! Coach Manuel enjoys reading, working out, watching Real Madrid play and hopes to one day travel to Spain!

Coach Kevin

Coach Kevin

Coach Kevin grew up in Houston, Texas with his six brothers, two sisters and three family dogs named Max, Tobi and Levi. He has been on the soccer field since the age of four, played throughout his middle and high school years and continues to play with the Tuzos Houston semi-pro team! Besides his passion for soccer, Coach Kevin also loves to train daily, play pick-up soccer games with friends, play FIFA and also watch soccer matches in his spare time. His ambition in life is to become a professional coach for the top leagues in Spain one day! Real Madrid, here he comes!

Coach Jeremy

Coach Jeremy

Coach Jeremy made his way to Houston all the way from Maine with his dog Lulu! His passion for soccer is enormous, as he played collegiate level soccer with Southern Maine Community College and the University of Maine. After graduating, he kept playing with KVK Wemmel in Belgium and with SC Muiderberg in the Netherlands. He has six years of coaching experience and graduated from the University of Massachusetts – Boston with his Master’s degree in Education. Coach Jeremy looks forward to becoming a middle school ELA teacher in his pursuit of positively impacting children’s lives.

Coach Alex

Coach Alex

Originally from Los Angeles, California, Coach Alex moved to Houston with his family at the age of eight. He played with various teams growing up in the Houston area, and currently enjoys playing indoor soccer with his friends! He graduated from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice. He’s eager to inspire the youth of our community and to spread the same joy that soccer has given him! Coach Alex plans to one day go sky diving, and can be found playing indoor soccer or exploring the outdoors!

Coach Alondra

Coach Alondra

Coach Alondra made her way to Houston all the way from Brownsville, Texas where she grew up with her four siblings and parents! Her passion for soccer started in middle school and grew all the way to the college level where she even reffed intramural soccer games! Coach Alondra graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training at Sam Houston State University. During her spare time, she loves to watch movies, solve Disney puzzles and she can even solve a Rubik’s cube in under two minutes!

Coach Anniston

Coach Anniston

Coach Anniston was born and raised in Houston, Texas with her two siblings, parents and 3 dogs (Luna, Lilith and Elio)! She attended the University of Houston where she graduated with her Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and Minor in Sociology. She has played soccer since the age of 4 and hopes to pass on her love of playing on the field to the children. Coach Anniston plans to one day free the orcas from Sea World , and can be found skating, painting and dancing when she’s not on Soccer Island!

Coach Amari

Coach Amari

Coach Amari joins Soccer Shots Houston all the way from Atlanta, Georgia! She’s currently attending Georgia Southern University and pursuing her Bachelors degree in Kinesiology. Once she graduates, she hopes to attend nursing school. Her love for soccer began at the age of 8, and she played through her second year of college. Coach Amari enjoys traveling, watching soccer, playing her piano and hopes to one day go skydiving! Look out below!

Coach Gabriel

Coach Gabriel

Coach Gabriel grew up in Houston with his 2 older siblings and their dog named Maggie! His love for soccer began at the early age of 4 and he made it all the way to play with the Houston Dynamo Academy. Coach Gabriel has previous coaching experience at an elementary school, where he realized impacting children’s lives was something he wanted to do for life! Coach Gabriel enjoys cooking and golf, and traveling to Italy is number one on his bucket list!

 

Coach Cameron

Coach Cameron

Coach Cameron was born and raised in Houston, Texas with her two siblings, parents and 2 dogs (Winston and AJ)! She’s currently attending the University of Houston in her pursuit of her Bachelors degree in Psychology.  Once she graduates, she hopes to become a children’s and adolescent therapist. She has played soccer for 12 years as either a goalie, forward or right wing! Coach Cameron is fluent in American Sign Language, and also enjoys singing and riding motorcycles! We’re convinced she can do just about anything!

Coach Karen

Coach Karen

Coach Karen grew up in Houston, Texas with her three siblings, parents, grandma and two dogs. She has been on the soccer field her whole life, but looks forward to attending Texas State University to pursue her Bachelors degree in Construction Management and Architectural Design. Besides her love for soccer, Coach Karen also enjoys hiking, swimming, and reading – book recommendations are welcomed!

Coach Bello

Coach Bello

Coach Bello made his way to Houston all the way from Nigeria where he grew up with his 7 siblings. His passion for soccer started at a very young age and he eventually ended up playing in Colton, Manchester for Kings David College! Coach Bello is currently at Houston Community College pursuing a degree in Software Development. In his free time, you can find Coach Bello playing soccer, studying or cycling around the city!

Coach Ryan

Coach Ryan

Coach Ryan was born in Anchorage, Alaska but was raised all over the the U.S by his parents who served in the Air Force. Coach Ryan received his bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology at the University of Houston and is currently pursuing a strength and conditioning, and nutrition certification. Coach Ryan enjoys watching soccer and baseball games, spending time with his family and hopes to one day attend El Clasico at Camp Nou in Barcelona!

 

 

Coach Blair

Coach Blair

Coach Blair joined our Lone Star state all the way from San Diego, California! She now lives here with her partner and three cats Geico, Buccee and Lenny! Here in Houston, she played in the WPSL with the Houston Aces. During her junior year of college, she left to begin her professional career with Club Pachuca in Mexico as a center back! ¡Increíble! After an injury she began her coaching journey and has been enjoying it ever since! Coach Blair is super excited to keep positively impacting the youth and transmit the passion she carries for soccer!

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