Hi my name is Joao, but I go by the name of John! I am from Portugal and speak Portuguese and English. I love to play soccer and have been playing since I was 7 years old. I currently attend the University of Maryland and am majoring in Kinesiology. I plan to be a physical therapist and some hobbies of mine are playing FIFA, and teaching kids how to play soccer.
Coach Laura grew up playing soccer. When she’s not playing, she enjoys watching the games. She recently received her bachelor’s degree in Human Relations from Trinity Washington University. In her free time she loves to spend time outside and being with her friends and family. Coach Laura looks forward to engaging kids and teaching them new techniques!
Coach Soren is a recent Graduate at Rutgers University and works full time as a Systems Engineer in the DC area. Soren is originally from Ocean County, NJ and has coached for Soccer Shots in several territories for over four years. Working with kids brings so much joy and nuance to his weekly schedule. Soren enjoys theater and playing games with his nine younger cousins and siblings. One of his biggest role models is Mister Rogers. Soren believes in coaching with encouragement and creativity, making soccer island a group effort. Soren has the patience for any new beginner and the challenges for any experienced player.
Coach Garret is currently located in Arnold, Maryland. He enjoys spending time outdoors, hanging out with his friends, and bouldering with his girlfriend. He enjoys watching and playing other sports such as baseball (he is a Yankee fan!) He started as a coach in the Summer 2022 season and his favorite part so far has been seeing the children having fun and learning new skills. He hopes to continue inspiring the children to pursue soccer in the future.
Coach Savika is currently located in Elkridge, Maryland. She is currently in her first year at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County studying Computer Science. She played soccer throughout elementary, middle, and high school as well as running track throughout her 4 years of high school. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends, going to the gym, and watching movies. Coach Savika enjoys being able to coach children to help them learn how to enjoy and have fun while playing the game of soccer!
Coach Sid Gediya is located in Gaithersburg Maryland. He is currently going to Montgomery College to obtain an associate degree. His hobbies include drawing, reading, and playing sports. He loves playing all kinds of different sports like soccer, volleyball, basketball, and football. Coach Sid has been volunteering in the community since high school. With this opportunity to coach he is excited to have a positive impact with the children he works with.
Coach Mary is currently located in Laurel, Maryland. She is currently going for a Masters in Elementary Education. She enjoys sewing, writing, and reading in her free time. She has played recreational soccer since she was two years old. Coach Mary enjoys teaching children soccer just like her grandfather taught her.
Coach Nina is currently located in Silver Spring, Maryland. She works full-time at the National Institute of Health with her focus on Genetics. She moved from Germany to the United States and grew up playing recreational soccer. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends, her two dogs and gardening. Nina started coaching in the summer of 2022 and looks forward to being a positive influence on the children and making them laugh every class.
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