Director of Coaching
Coach Sean was born and raised in East Sussex, United Kingdom. He started playing soccer from a very young age and it rapidly became his bread and butter. He played for club teams and attended a couple of academies throughout his academic years. Sean’s real journey and passion for coaching came when he captained a club for 5 years then moved into player/ coaching mode. He moved to the United States in 2014 and got hooked on coaching youth soccer. Sean is currently a licensed coach who is still eager to learn more. Coaching America’s future soccer players is the best job in the world and he feels as though he has so much to give back to the sport!
Director Of Operations & Executive Director for Rochester
Coach Cassie grew up in Oakdale, MN and currently resides in Woodbury, MN with her family (husband, two daughters & dog). She started playing soccer at the young age and continued to play all the way through college. She played collegiate soccer at Minnesota State University, Mankato and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science. She then moved out to Michigan and earned her Master’s in Sports Administration and was the Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach for the Central Michigan University Women’s Soccer Team for four seasons. Cassie has a real passion for working with youth and loves being able to positively impact their growth and development and of course, having the opportunity to share her passion for soccer!
Assistant Director of Public Programs
Coach Rachel grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She started playing soccer when she was 8 and played club soccer at the University of Minnesota. She also enjoyed playing softball and volleyball growing up. Coach Rachel has her Bachelors in Psychology. Rachel has enjoyed working with kids her whole life. She has worked as a nanny, a Pre-K teacher, and a swim instructor and volunteered at her church as a Sunday School teacher. Coach Rachel is very excited to bring her diverse experience to Soccer Shots and make a positive impact on the young athletes she works with.
Assistant Director of Coaching
Coach Sam grew up in Wisconsin, but currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As the oldest of five Sam grew up surrounded by kids. He has a history as a volunteer in kids care programs, as a teacher in summer camps, and as a leader of kid activities during missions. Sam has played soccer since he was twelve, and in high school and college teams. He also loves to play pick-up whenever he can, and has played with locals during his travels into different countries, including Turkey, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Peru! Sam looks forward to each session with Soccer Shots, and loves to teach to the kids his favorite thing about soccer: Have fun!
Coach Jenna was born and raised in Minnesota. She started playing soccer at 13 and has loved it ever since. She has experience working with youth in Minnesota, Japan, and the United Kingdom. During her time at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls, she designed a research project on football being used to battle social exclusion in the UK. She worked with organizations for that project that used football to reduce homelessness and youth crime. Soccer and development quickly became a passion which lead her to become a coach for Soccer Shots. She hopes to use soccer to inspire future generations.
Coach Heder has played soccer since he was 8 years old. He has been playing soccer in his dad’s soccer team where they have won countless league championships. Coach Heder has also played High School Varsity for the Richfield Spartans. He is eager to keep learning and moving up in coaching to eventually reach college or professional coaching. In his free time you can find him, camping, fishing, hiking, paddle boarding, playing soccer, or at a lot of restaurants checking out their special dish.
Coach Maya has been playing soccer for as long as she can remember! She played for a variety of club teams growing up, as well as for her high school and through intramurals at the University of Minnesota. She grew up in Minneapolis and hasn’t left – she loves living close to the many lakes, parks, and bike paths in the city! When not playing soccer, Maya enjoys jumping in lakes, hiking, and making silly faces, and she is super excited to be coaching soccer!
Coach Madison grew up in Duluth, MN, and currently lives in St. Louis Park with her Fiancé and puppy Arwen. She started playing soccer at a young age and continued playing through high school and into college. She played in a sister city soccer program on Team USA while in high school where she had the opportunity to play in Växjö Sweden. Following her opportunity with the sister city soccer program, she was selected as one of three people to participate in a training camp in England. Though she was unable to afford to participate in the training camp in England her love of soccer never wavered as she found ways to continue playing through college on intramural teams. Madison graduated from the University of North Dakota with a degree in Marketing with an emphasis on professional selling because of her desire to work with people. Following graduation, she had the opportunity to work within the school system where she fell in love with working with children. Madison has always had a desire to create a positive change and decided what better way to do that then to share her passion for soccer and promoting positivity by working with children!
Coach Bridget is a student at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education. She grew up in St. Paul and enjoys spending her time with her friends, her big family, and loves to cook, laugh, and spend time in the sun. She has experience with children babysitting and nannying and working as a caregiver at the neighborhood church. She has been playing soccer since she could walk and hasn’t stopped since.
Coach Megan grew up in Bloomington and played soccer since age 8. She played varsity soccer for Bloomington Kennedy and was named to the all conference and all state team as a senior. She also played for an U19 women’s traveling team while in Minnesota. She lived in Texas for 20 years where she raised 2 children who graduated from college and now have fulfilling careers. In Texas, Megan taught preschool, was a summer day camp instructor, volunteered as a youth soccer coach and was an assistant coach for an U14 club team. She also took a coaches training course and holds a D coaching license. She has played soccer through her adulthood. In her free time, she likes to watch youth soccer, lacrosse, and football as well as all college and professional sports. She is happy to be back “home” to be with her friends and family.
Coach Malte grew up in the Ruhr region of Germany, right between the big Bundesliga clubs Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04, where soccer is life! He has been playing club soccer since he was 3 years old. After going to school and starting work as a social worker, soccer remained a huge part of his life: he has also coached teams and goalkeepers of various age groups in both Germany and the US. He moved to the Twin Cities in early 2020 and is excited to bring his passion for soccer to a new generation of kids through Soccer Shots, emphasizing both a love of the sport and of sportsmanship.
Coach Jess grew up playing a variety of sports, but soccer has always been her favorite. She started playing soccer at age 7, continuing to play in high school and for a club team. Coach Jess graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Child, Adult, and Family Services. During her time at Iowa State, she spent her free time playing pickup soccer, ultimate frisbee, and a variety of intramural sports. Through her experiences volunteering at soccer camps, working at a residential treatment facility, working at a summer camp, and working for various after-school programs, Coach Jess has grown in her knowledge and passion for making a difference in the lives of children. As a coach for Soccer Shots, she is excited about teaching character/social skills, while sharing her love for soccer with the children. In her free time, Coach Jess loves to write poetry, watch Netflix/Hulu, and spend time in nature.
Coach Eli has worked with children in a variety of settings both on and off the soccer field. The one consistent sport throughout his life has been soccer, as he has played the game for over 15 years competitively and recreationally. Eli has ample coaching experience of five years and has taught preschool children in a classroom setting for two years. Through these experiences he has witnessed the positive transformation children experience when learning a new sport within a group. He is excited to teach soccer and transmit the fun and amazement of the game!
Coach Amanda grew up in McCall, Idaho before going to college in Madison, Wisconsin for kinesiology and then massage therapy school in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She grew up playing soccer from the early age of 5 and also transitioned into other sports throughout her early childhood. Cross country running and cross country skiing were among her favorites! Coach Amanda also coaches Girls on the run along with volunteer coaching her children. Her family leads a very active lifestyle.
Coach Ally grew up in Carver County playing soccer through grade school and Minnesota Thunder Academy in middle school. An after-school art teacher who now wants to teach kids the valuable lessons soccer has to offer on and off the field!
Coach Cassie grew up in Brodhead, Wisconsin and absolutely loved playing sports and staying active. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor’s Degree of Social Work, where she focused her education on youth development and child welfare. She has spent time working in daycare settings, elementary schools, and community centers throughout Wisconsin and Minneapolis and has a passion for working with kids. Coach Cassie now lives in River Falls with her dog, Ollie, and loves spending time outside hiking, skiing, and playing sports!
Coach Alice grew up in Hermantown, Minnesota but currently resides in Minneapolis. She started playing soccer at the age of four, and she has held a passion for it her entire life. She continued to play through multiple clubs until she started coaching in 2017. Here she further developed her passion for working with kids that was sparked from working with younger cousins and volunteering at her local elementary school. She is currently a student at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities pursuing a bachelor’s degree in English. With roughly four years of coaching under her belt, she is always eager to learn. She loves how coaching lets her continue to grow as a person by connecting with kids and seeing the world differently through their unique perspectives.
Coach Maddie grew up in Toledo Ohio and graduated from Miami Univeristy with a Bachelors in Kinesiology and Biology. She currently attends school at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington where she is studying to become a doctor of Chiropractic. She has played soccer all her life and it quickly became her favorite sport, loving it so much she even coached her younger siblings soccer team for years! She played club soccer through college and she hopes to share her passion and enthusiasm for soccer with kids as they grow and develop their skills. In her free time, Coach Maddie likes to spend time hiking with her dog and exploring Minnesota!
Coach Kathy’s favorite sport as a child was soccer, soccer and track. She enjoyed playing Striker in High School, College and on various Traveling teams.
Kathy grew up with 8 brothers and also had 3 sons. She had a blast coaching all her boys soccer teams from pre-school up into High School. She appreciated her opportunity to coach Girls High School soccer and work as an Education Assistant for the school district. Kathy flew as a Flight Attendant for 34 years which was great as she thoroughly enjoys travel.
Her favorite thing about working with kids is discovering their unique personalities and helping them grow in confidence and sportsmanship whilst having fun!
Coach Enzo grew up in Saint Paul, MN. Enzo has over 5 years of coaching experience! Traveling soccer, rec soccer, club soccer, and High school Soccer.
He played for Saint Paul Blackhawks growing up and then all 4 years at Highland Park Senior High school. Enzo still plays and can’t get enough of the game! He likes to watch soccer games and hangout with friends in his spare time.
Coach Enzo is very excited to continue his journey of soccer through coaching the next generation of soccer players!
Coach Bryce grew up with his parents and three sisters in the suburbs of Minneapolis. Soccer has been one of his many lifelong passions ever since he started playing it at age 5. He played center-midfield for Centennial H.S. and Bethel University. Besides soccer his other passions include playing with his 5-year-old daughter, working with children to help them become the best version of themselves, and TRAVELING! During his formal education he studied abroad in Chile, Egypt, Russia, and Uzbekistan. Bryce graduated in 2008 with a BA in political science and international relations. Afterwards he moved to Africa where he taught social studies, world history, and coached soccer. He played semi-professionally in Nigeria and coached a Moroccan high school team to 3 national championships. The next few years he continued his career as an educator and soccer coach in the Philippines and Costa Rica. In 2015 he returned to Minnesota to complete a MA in educational leadership and earn his principal licensure. He served as a teacher and assistant principal in North Minneapolis until deciding to take a break from teaching when students switched to distance learning during the pandemic. After traveling to almost 100 countries he is using his time away from teaching to write a travel memoir and expand his tourism company. He is excited to keep his foot in the game by continuing to play and coach – 1, 2, 3, Soccer Shots! 🙂
Josh grew up in the Twin Cities area and enjoyed sports, primarily basketball and distance running. He began coaching basketball through the Minneapolis parks in 2008, and then coached basketball, ultimate frisbee, and cross country at the International School of Minnesota for 11 years while working as an aide and administrator. He has played rec league soccer for the past six years, and plays pickup basketball whenever possible! Josh has a B.A. in geography from the University of Minnesota and is interested in gardening, food systems, and sustainable agriculture
Born and raised in Edina, MN, Coach Anne grew up in a soccer-loving family. Having enjoyed the sport since she was five years old, Coach Anne has played for various associations around the world, including the competitive Edina High School soccer teams and Durham University women’s football club in northern England. Enthusiastic and compassionate, Coach Anne is excited to pair her love for early education and soccer as a Soccer Shots coach. During her off hours, you can find Coach Anne painting, reading, and enjoying the outdoors with her family and friends
Coach Sydney was born in Stillwater, Minnesota and has been playing soccer since she was 14. She was the keeper for her team and enjoys the community and support that came with soccer. She studied psychology at Century College with a special interest in childhood development. She loves working with kids, and having five younger siblings showed just how much unlimited energy they have to play! She likes to knit, cross stitch, and take walks in nature to relax. She is super excited to help kid learn how to navigate friendships and themselves through the fun game of soccer!
Coach Kenzie grew up in North St. Paul, MN. She started playing soccer at the age of 4 and continued through high school. Coach Kenzie went to the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire and graduated with a degree and license in Social Work. After graduating she worked in Early Childhood Special Education and now she works for the YMCA as a Nature Preschool Teacher and Summer Camp Coordinator. When Coach Kenzie isn’t teaching or coaching you can find her on an adventure with her dog, at the boxing gym, or making homemade ice cream sandwiches!
Coach Hannah was born and raised in Minnesota and played soccer from a child all through high school. She graduated from UW-River Falls with a Sport and Exercise Science degree.
Hannah loves being active and being around children! She is a full time preschool teacher as well and a Soccer Shots coach. Hannah is really looking forward to getting back to the game she loves so much and growing with all of the children as they learn soccer!
Coach Ruben was born and raised in St. Paul. Growing up he played almost all sports with friends on their main neighborhood street. He began playing organized soccer when he was 8 years old and continued playing through high school. Ruben is looking forward to seeing the Soccer Shots athletes grow as individuals and as a team throughout the seasons
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Coach Amanda grew up Golden Valley MN. She likes karaoke, cooking, and working with kids! In her spare time she enjoys going to the beach, eating food, and spending time with friends and family.
Amanda is very excited to share her passion and energy with her new friends through Soccer Shots!
Coach Kellie grew up near Duluth, MN, and currently resides in St. Louis Park. She started playing soccer when she was 5-years old and continued playing throughout high school. Kellie played intramural soccer and participated in indoor club leagues in college.
Kellie enjoys being active, reading, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. Kellie works as a certified speech-language pathologist, specializing in early childhood. Kellie has extensive training in early childhood development and is very grateful she loves her career! Kellie is excited to share her love for the sport with new friends through Soccer Shots!
Coach Gustavo has coached soccer teams for many years in Mexico, and 4 years in Minnesota. This includes St. Michael, Waconia HS, and Mounds View HS.
Gustavo played professional soccer in Mexico City for Club America and Club Universidad. He also worked as a coaching coordinator for F.C Barcelona soccer schools in Cancun. 21 years of coaching and playing experience!
He’s really excited to be a part of Soccer Shots and teach the kids the love he has for the sport. He wants to help them find their own passions and grow as young people.
Coach Gustavo believes that setting good examples and having fun is the key to growth and development. He also enjoys being around the families and giving them the ultimate experience!
Coach Becca grew up in Albertville, MN and currently resides in Eagan, MN. She started playing soccer at age 9 and she played until high school. In high school she realized her passion for children and teaching was in her future. So she made the choice to coach youth soccer for the St. Michael-Albertville United soccer club and ended up coaching all the way through college. She went to the University of St. Thomas and graduated with a double major in elementary education and psychology. In 2016 she received her first teaching position at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School in Brooklyn park, MN and has been the kindergarten teacher there for 4 years now. She realized she was missing her love for soccer and coaching these last few years so she is very excited to begin her next coaching adventure with soccer shots. Her and her husband love to go biking, frisbee golfing, and lifting weights at the gym. Her passion in life is to inspire kids to love to learn and encourage them to try new things and coaching soccer is another way to help make that happen.
Coach Rita grew up in Roseville, MN and currently resides in Eagan. She started playing soccer at the age of 8 and continued playing throughout school. Her favorite position on the field was goalkeeper because she liked having control of the game. She attended The College of Saint Benedict where she played club soccer and obtained a degree in English Secondary Education. Now, she is a middle school English Teacher in Minneapolis. She enjoys being active outside, spending quality time with her husband, and reading a good book. Rita loves working with youth and is very excited to teach little minds new things, especially when a soccer ball at their feet!
Coach Courtney grew up in Wisconsin, but has resided in Minneapolis, MN for the last five years. Following in her older sister’s footsteps, Courtney fell in love with sports and began playing soccer at the age of four. For the following 15 years, she continued to enjoy soccer at a competitive level with her team remaining undefeated in their league for several seasons! Courtney has also enjoyed working with children as a summer nanny and an after-school tutor. With dozens of younger cousins, she has found a passion in being a positive role model to children. In her spare time, Courtney is learning how to play the guitar!
Coach Eidan was born and raised in Bloomington, Minnesota, and currently attends the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities where he is working towards a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Public Health. Next fall he will be part of the university’s graduate program studying for a Master of Public Policy. Eidan has volunteered with multiple childcare programs where he learned how awesome children are, and how fulfilling it can be to play a positive role in their development. He’s also played soccer since he was three, so he jumped at the opportunity to coach a new generation of soccer stars!
Scott grew up in Scotland and played youth and semi-professional soccer before moving to the USA to coach youth soccer full time. He has been coaching for 30 years and holds various USSF, USC and UEFA coaching qualifications as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Coaching Performance and an associate degree in Sports Coaching and Development. Scott has held various coaching positions in MN at the high school and youth levels including 18 years as a club director of coaching and currently works full time as the youth director for EPSC. When not coaching soccer he enjoys travelling with his family, watching sports, hiking and biking.
Coach Ethan grew up in beautiful Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. He moved to the Twin Cities in 2013 to attend school at the University of Minnesota and has been living in Minneapolis since graduating in 2017 with a degree in Geography. He works full time for the City of Minneapolis: Public Works but couldn’t miss the opportunity to spend some of his free time having fun coaching youth soccer. After working as a swim lesson teacher for many years he wanted to continue working with kids and giving back to the community here in the Twin Cities.
Ethan started playing soccer in middle school and continued on to be the starting goalie in high school and playing with friends on intramural teams in college. It has been his favorite sport to play due to its fast paced and exciting nature. Playing soccer gave him a great appreciation for the World Cup and every four years he enjoys cheering on his ancestral roots, the Netherlands. Outside of soccer he enjoys playing tennis, basketball, biking, and cross country skiing with friends.
Coach Julian was born in Madison WI, but grew up in a suburb of Philadelphia PA. He has been playing soccer since he was 6 years old, and it is still one of his big passions to this day, as well as working with kids! Julian got his bachelors of science in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota Twin cities, and will be attending St. Catherine university in the fall for his doctorate of physical therapy.
Coach Olivia grew up in Lino Lakes, Minnesota. She likes to watch any movie starring Hugh Jackman, play with her pet snake, and explore outside in her spare time.
Coach Gerardo was born in Mexico. Where soccer is the main sport! He feels a big passion for the game and developing others. Coach Gerardo has played since he could kick a ball. He wants to teach the young ones this sport in a safe, organized and fun environment. So that they can experience soccer, and grow personally and as a group.
Coach Alex was born and raised in Mexico City and has been playing ever since he could, whether that be with a juice box during recess as a ball, or with friends out on the street. He moved to Minnesota at the age of 10 where he played his fair share of soccer in school, like Highland Park Middle.
Alex’s desire to become a youth coach stemmed from his desire to find a more fulfilling purpose in life, he found it through teaching his own younger brother skills of his own as well as from his own inability to join youth programs himself at a young age and aspires to one day be the director of his own youth club, with the focus of bringing accessible training and experiences to young kids in Minnesota
Coach Brandy’s first love was soccer when she was 5 years old. Attending camps clubs, playing on traveling teams, and assistant coaching. She has her Master of Arts in mental health and is passionate about learning through play. Brandy is thrilled to be part of the experience of these kids learning about friendship, feelings, and soccer as a Soccer Shots Coach.
Coach Ben has been in the Twin Cities since January of 2021 and has loved the great state of Minnesota! In 2019, Coach Ben went on a mission trip to Chile and Argentina where he was able to share his faith and love for others while bonding over sports. Coach Ben enjoys working with kids and caring for them well, and was so excited when he heard about this opportunity! Using sports and fun games has always been an enjoyable way for Ben to pour into young children. While sports and games are fun, Ben’s biggest goal in working with Soccer Shots is to positively impact them, and be a caring and loving role model that they can look up to. Coach Ben enjoys serving others wherever he can, and has taken many classes to further his understanding of the development of children from every stage in life. He looks forward to getting married to his fiancée and having children of his own one day.
Coach Neal grew up in Southwest Louisiana and was always very active in sports including marital arts, tennis, basketball, and marching band. He moved to the Twin Cities in 2020 to pursue a degree in Biblical studies. He is excited to work with Soccer Shots to improve his skills in soccer while getting to be a role model to the kids he is coaching and make a positive impact on them.
Coach Luke grew in Saint Paul Minnesota. From a young age he has loved sports and played soccer through high school. With a strong passion for working with kids and sports he graduated from Gustavus Adolphus college in 2020 with a bachelors degree in physical education and health. Coach Luke has many experiences working with kids through his time student teaching and spending two years as a summer camp counselor at Good Earth Village and looks forward to continuing that work. In his free time he enjoys playing or watching sports and being outside in nature
Coach Phong grew up in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam. In his spare time, coach Phong enjoys watching movies and playing video games. Fun fact about coach Phong, he was in a short film shown on the big screen
Coach Emily was born and raised in Rochester, Minnesota. She grew up playing soccer from age 6 and also transitioned into other sports like Track & Field and Cross Country. Coach Emily moved to Missouri for college and graduated from the University of Missouri – Columbia with her Masters in Accountancy in 2018. She missed Minnesota so much she decided to move back after she graduated! Coach Emily now lives in Crystal with her dog, Olive, and loves hiking, kayaking, reading, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. Emily is very excited to share her passion for learning with her new friends in Soccer Shots!
Katrina grew up in Maple Grove, MN and played soccer from the age of 4 until 18. Katrina played club soccer for Maplebrook, and played varsity soccer for Osseo High school. Now Katrina is attending her last semester at Gustavus Adolphus College where she is getting a bachelors degree in communications, and a minor in English.
Coach Logan was born and raised in Rochester, MN . He has been playing soccer competitively since the age of 5. He played soccer at Mayo High School for 5 years, and now coaches there as well. He loves teaching the game he learned so much from.
Coach Jeff grew up in Fergus Falls, MN, but has lived in the Twin Cities for the past 5 years. He’s played soccer since the age of 4, competitively up until college. Aside from soccer, he also refs and plays hockey, does theater professionally, and enjoys hanging out with his dog Aspen
Coach Hannah was born and raised in Blaine, MN and currently lives in St. Louis Park, MN with her spouse and two dogs. She started playing soccer when she was 4 years old and never stopped, continuing to play at Blaine High School and at the University of St. Thomas. While at St. Thomas she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Neuroscience. In her free time, Hannah loves taking her dogs on walks, traveling and trying new restaurants. Coach Hannah loves working with children and her favorite thing about coaching is seeing kids smile and have fun while learning about the sport!
Coach Elaina loves working with kids and watching them grow. Not only is she a soccer coach but she also teaches swim lessons. Elaina also loves arts and crafts and will be attending the University of Wisconsin STOUT next year to study interior design.
Coach Cal grew up in Oregon, kicking around the soccer ball as soon as he could walk. Cal played competitive soccer throughout high school and his time in the military. He is currently a senior at Metro State University, and an EMT-B, with plans to go to paramedic school and have a career in emergency medicine. Cal is also very passionate about working with kids, helping friends who are parents with childcare, and has worked at various school districts as a volunteer tutor/afterschool program leader over the years. He is incredibly excited to bring his diverse background to the world of Soccer Shots and get a chance to teach children the best sport!
Coach Jonah grew up in Little Canada, Minnesota. He graduated from Roseville area high school. Jonah goes to the University of Wisconsin River falls and is a Criminology Major with a Minor in Coaching. During his free time, he likes playing Soccer, Tennis, and Football. Jonah also like the show outer banks and likes watching the avengers. He likes coaching kids and putting a smile on their faces.
Coach Zanna was born and raised in Rochester, New York (NOT Minnesota), and moved to the Twin cities for law school. She started playing soccer at a young age and has been devoted to the sport ever since. She has played competitively pretty much her whole life and loves to play pickup whenever she can. Before law school, she studied Russian language and literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has years of experience coaching kids ages 8-16, which she enjoyed. She loves working with kids and is excited to instill a passion for soccer in the little ones
Coach Maria was born and raised in Minnesota and started playing soccer in middle school. She is now attending the University of Minnesota studying Kinesiology with the goal of being a physical therapist. As someone who has always loved working with kids, she combined her passion for soccer with her knowledge from her classes to coach youth soccer. Her goal is to help kids find a way to be physically active and have fun through soccer
Lead Coach and Soccer Shots Intern
Coach Gina grew up in Buffalo, MN and currently resides in New Brighton, MN. She started playing soccer when she was 4 years old and continued for 13 years until she focused on playing and coaching tennis. Coach Gina recently earned her bachelors of arts in Organizational Communication at Bethel University in St. Paul, MN. In her free time you can find her spending time outdoors, visiting coffee shops and thrift stores, going to concerts, and making new friends everywhere she goes! Coach Gina is a Soccer Shots intern, helping the leadership team with administrative tasks in the office and making a lasting impact on the kiddos on the field.
Lead Coach and Soccer Shots Intern
Coach Matt grew up in Apple Valley, Minnesota and is currently attending college at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota. He played soccer, basketball, and baseball growing up but soccer has become his favorite. Coach Matt played traveling soccer with Eagan Wave and varsity soccer for the Academy of Holy Angels. He continues to play soccer at St. John’s University where he currently is preparing for his senior season. Off the field, Coach Matt enjoys spending time with friends and family, video games, and watching a TV show or movie. He is excited to give back to the sport he loves by helping kids learn about the game and grow as individuals.
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Lead Coach and Soccer Shots Intern
I’m coach Luke and I was raised right outside of Rochester Minnesota. I just completed my Sophomore year at University of Minnesota Twin-Cities studying Agricultural Communication and Marketing. I have played soccer for as long as I can remember. Growing up I would either be playing soccer, or on my family’s dairy farm working with animals. When I got to high school I started playing competitively year round. Throughout soccer I have gained many leadership skills being captain of several teams and coaching a few youth teams through my school, Dover-Eyota. I came to soccer shots as I love how the curriculum keeps the children engaged while teaching them as long as I have valuable lessons and skills.
Coach Ellie grew up in Brooklyn Park, MN, she currently lives in Eagan MN with her mom, sister and two dogs. Ellie started playing soccer at the age of five and continued all the way into college. She played for University of MN Crookston. She is currently in school at Northwestern Health Science for becoming an X-ray tech. Ellie’s favorite thing to do in her free time is be outside with her dog or be with family. She is super excited to help kids not only learn more about soccer but also to see them grow individual throughout the season
Lead Coach and Soccer Shots Intern
Coach Sarah grew up in Bloomington, Minnesota. Growing up, she played all kinds of sports, and especially loved volleyball and tennis. Throughout highschool, she spent her summers working with kids at various childcare programs. Sarah attends the University of Nebraska where she studies journalism and advertising. There, she loves to attend Husker games and spend time with her friends and family. She is so excited to help kids grow their character and their passion for sports!
Sarah grew up in Bloomington, Minnesota. She played soccer for about twelve years on recreational, club, and high school teams. Sarah attends college at Augustana University, where she is working on her bachelors in physical education. Sarah has worked as a swim instructor and a nanny, and has volunteered many different kids camps. She enjoys working with kids and is looking foreword to coaching soccer this summer.
Coach Krystal grew up in Farmington, MN. She loved playing just about any sport, but ended up focusing solely on hockey in high school and college. Krystal says there is a reason hockey players warm up by playing soccer, it’s actually more fun. All jokes aside, taking any sport too serious can lead to burn out, which is why she’s thrilled to be getting back to the game of soccer. Soccer is one of the best sports in the world, especially in that it is so inclusive. It can be played anywhere at anytime by anyone or skill level. While obtaining her health and physical education (k-12) teaching degree she also coached hockey for former teams and training programs. She has worked with kids for over ten years and is currently working towards her masters in clinical mental health. She is excited to be given the opportunity to allow every child she works with to be seen, heard, and loved.
Coach Brittany grew up in Dickson, TN and moved to the twin cities in 2020 to pursue a degree in Biblical studies. She grew up enjoying sports, she played soccer and ran track as well as cross country throughout middle school and high school. Coach Brittany loves working with kids and has much experience through working at a daycare facility in the past. She is excited for this new chapter with soccer shots
Coach Faith grew up in Lakeville, MN. At a young age, she tried a variety of different sports, but soccer became her passion. She is currently attending the University of St. Thomas here in St. Paul and is on the Women’s club soccer team. Faith is set to graduate in spring of 2023 with a degree in Exercise Science. She is planning on attending Physical Therapy school and hopes one day to be a physical therapist for a professional sports team. Outside of soccer, Faith enjoys lifting, cooking, hiking, traveling, and watching football.
Coach Patrick has been playing soccer since he was a little kid, running around picking dandelions and maybe kicking the ball every now and again. He kept playing soccer all the way up through high school and has continued to follow the professional game, particularly the local teams like the Loons, the Crows and the Aurora. Patrick is a recent graduate of The University of Minnesota Twin Cities, graduating with a theatre major and a biology minor (crazy combination I know). He is excited to continue his soccer journey as a coach and to combine his love of the sport with his passion for acting and just being silly!
When Coach Meghanlee was 3 years old she experienced frustration for the very first time because she missed out on preschool soccer. Her parents made sure to sign her up for the next season of soccer. Ever since then she has been on the field protecting her goalie. After high school she did some coaching for a variety of clubs all different ages. Last year she had to take a short break for she had her 3rd child, but now she is back and excited to coach the same age group she was when she first fell in love with the game.
Coach Oliva grew up in Saint Cloud, MN where soccer was a very important aspect of her life. She now resides in Rochester, MN where she is working on her biology degree through Winona State University, and is also currently attending Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science for radiography. She has experience with coaching soccer/basketball and as a nanny. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, concerts, and hanging out with family and friends! Coach Oliva wants to show kids how fun and fulfilling soccer can be!
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