Nick Tardibuono, Program Director
Coach Nick was born in Toms River, NJ. He went to George Mason University for Sports Management in Undergrad and then got his MBA in Sports Administration from Florida Atlantic University. He loves to play soccer with his friends and often gets involved in other sports like volleyball and basketball. Coach Nick loves working with Soccer Shots because he loves to see the positive impact we get to make with the kids and see them grow! Some of his favorite hobbies outside of coaching are hiking, playing video games and cooking. His favorite snacks are pretzels and he loves to drink coffee! Coach Nick is looking forward to meeting new Soccer Shots friends this season!
Email: [email protected]
Valentina Galvis Gallego, Operations Coordinator
Valentina was born in Colombia, South America but has grown up in Franklin, TN for most of her life. She recently graduated from Lipscomb University where she studied Business Management with a focus on International Business and French. She has played soccer all her life and is an avid Lionel Messi fan! She has had the pleasure of playing and coaching for WCSA for many years. Some of her earliest memories as a kid were playing soccer and loves that she can help create those memories for kids with Soccer Shots. In her spare time, you can find Valentina at Nashville SC games cheering on The Boys in Gold!
Email: [email protected]
Travis Groff, Coaching Coordinator
Coach Travis has been playing soccer his whole life! He started out when he was just 4 years old like most of our Soccer Shots friends! In his free time he likes to watch sports, especially Tennessee football (Go Vols!) and go to concerts. He is outgoing, loves to play games and meet new Soccer Shots friends. As a coach he is most excited to share his love for soccer with as many kids as he can! If you want to be Coach Travis’s best friend just bring him some Gummy Worms because they are his favorite snack!
Email: [email protected]
Zach Ballard, Brand Ambassador
Coach Zach was born in London England but grew up in Virginia before moving to Nashville to coach. In his free time he loves making music and working out. Coach Zach has been playing soccer his whole life. He decided to play soccer in college at Christopher Newport University while studying Marketing. A fast way to become coach Zach’s friend is to bring him his favorite snack, Clementines! Coach Zach’s favorite part of being a soccer coach is that he gets to meet new friends and help build relationships and a love for soccer!
Email: [email protected]
Alex Sledd, Graduate Assistant
Coach Alex was born in Martin, Tennessee. She is getting her Master’s at Belmont in Sports Administration and got her undergrad degree at the University of Memphis. Alex began playing soccer when she was 3 and played all the way through her junior year of high school. During her senior year and on into college, Alex started coaching children ages 3-9. In college, Alex played intramural coed soccer and on an all-female team too. She chose to be the Graduate Assistant at soccer shots because of her love for children and passion for soccer. Some of her favorite hobbies include cooking, watching movies, and playing/watching sports like soccer, basketball, football, and softball. Her favorite vacation spot is the beach! Alex is looking forward to sharing her love for the game of soccer with the children and watching them grow in both their skills and confidence.
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.