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Meet The Coaches

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

Ryan Bierbrauer


Coach Ryan played a variety of sports growing up including baseball, football, basketball and of course soccer! he started playing organized soccer as  young as 5 years old. Some of Ryans favorite activities are mountain biking, playing basketball, and staying active in multiple soccer leagues! Ryan graduated from Point Boro in 2016 then moved to Tampa, FL to pursue his goal to get his Florida Real Estate License while also studying BA. He has a family very full of 4 brothers and a loving father, mother and step-father which he is very grateful for.

BEST ADVICE: “You are not alone! It is not peculiar or uncommon for a child to not be fully engaged or struggling. Don’t question whether or not Soccer Shots is for them, consult a coach and we will do our best to resolve any situation at home”

WHY DO YOU WORK FOR SOCCER SHOTS?: ” I work with Soccer Shots because I was once that age learning as well and have progressed not only my skills but also my character and life so much over the years in this game. So to pass that along to a younger generation in hopes they take it and run with as I did is something special to me.”

Tracie Wainwright


Coach Tracie joined the Soccer Shots team in January 2014. Coach Tracie was raised on soccer right her in Ocean County where she played both travel and high school ball. She is married to her husband , Brian and is the mother of two sons, Nick and Tyler. She continues to play soccer on a Mom’s league, Soccer Moms for Charity, in Brick, NJ. She is thrilled to combine her love of children and soccer in her work with Soccer Shots. She is also the costumier and Drama Mama for a teen theater company in Brick. In her Spare time, Tracie loves to garden, craft, go to the theater and travel (especially to Disney).

BEST ADVICE: “No two children are ever the same even if they were born and raised in the same household by the same parents.”

WHY DO YOU WORK FOR SOCCER SHOTS?: “It covers my two loves: Soccer and Kids!”

Michael Mishkovsky


Coach Mike joined the Soccer Shots team in March 2013. Mike  was born and raised in Atlantic County, NJ. Growing up he enjoyed playing soccer, baseball and wrestling. He is also FIFA certified and spent 10 years as a referee for recreation soccer. Mike graduated from Rutgers University in 2009, He also worked as a youth minister in New Brunswick. He is the proud father of his son named Kaiden. Coach Mike is as exciting and engaging as it gets at Soccer Shots. In his free time Mike loves to skateboard and surf and you can find him riding the waves and almost always having an epic day.

BEST ADVICE: “Relax. take a breath. Your child is in the midst of positive  play. With each session, your child will naturally become more comfortable in their new environment. Keep in mind that you, your child and your coach are all here primarily for your child to experience fun, fun and more fun. Everything else is sidelined.”

WHY DO YOU WORK FOR SOCCER SHOTS?: “I love inspiring children and helping develop character in their formative years.”

Vanessa Leonard


Coach Vanessa joined the Soccer Shots team in March 2017. Vanessa grew up in Brazil and came to the Ironbound section of Newark when she was 19 years old. Growing up Vanessa enjoyed all sorts of sports, and really loved dodgeball the most. Vanessa is married to Sean and they have two children , Sofia and Noah. Together as a family, they enjoy walking their dog, Abbey, spending time at the beach and eating out. Vanessa is a Girl Scout Leader and enjoys planning activities that help teach the girls about serving their community through projects that help others and give back.

BEST ADVICE: “Don’t take yourself (or your kids) too seriously when it comes to sports, they will get there at their own time.”

WHY DO YOU WORK FOR SOCCER SHOTS?: “I love children! Soccer Shots  is a great way for me to spend time with them and watch each child grow throughout the season.”

Amy Loki

Director and Coach

Coach Amy joined the Soccer Shots team in April 2016. Amy was born in Edison, NJ and moved to Ocean County during high school. Amy attended Stockton State College and graduated with a BA in Psychology and a BA in Elementary Education. She spent a semester abroad studying in Australia. Amy is the proud mother to her beautiful son, Kaiden. Together they enjoy going to the beach, festivals of all sorts, being outdoors and spending time with family, friends and their cat, Sonic.

BEST ADVICE: “Children are constantly learning and changing, so I believe it is important to always be present even in the smallest of moments. Believe in them and encourage them always.”

WHY DO YOU WORK FOR SOCCER SHOTS?: “I love the people I work with and being able to impact children’s lives”

Melanie Vidal


Coach Mel joined the Soccer Shots team in March 2015. She grew up in New Egypt, NJ. Melanie played soccer growing up. She also enjoys women’s softball and volleyball. She is married to Michael and they have a son named Anthony. She really enjoys watching her son play the sport they share a passion for. When Mel isn’t coaching soccer, she spends her time with her husband and son camping, gardening, going on family vacations being active and catering on the weekends. She is also a big BRCA gene advocate. Melanie is involved in her son’s school PTA and coaches him in basketball. She’s a big fan of Nascar and the 49ers. Together they all enjoy their many pets: Greyhound and Italian Greyhound dogs, a cat, an African Gray Bird, some fish and a couple of hermit crabs.

BEST ADVICE: “Be present in the moment.”

WHY DO YOU WORK FOR SOCCER SHOTS?: “I love being around children and being able to impact their lives in a fun way.”

Chelsie Saldino


Coach Chelsie graduated from Crystal River, FL but has lived all over. She grew up playing soccer for 22 years she also ran track and field and played basketball in high school. Chelsie’s favorite hobbies are exercising, spending time with family and she loves Disney. She studied Elementary Education and Criminal Justice at the University of North Florida. She is a mother to Peyton and is happily married to her husband Louis.

BEST ADVICE: “Continue to encourage them to show up each week and put forth 100% effort so they will learn to love the game. At first they may be unsure, it’s important to support them & stick the season out, they’ll learn to love it.”

WHY DO YOU WORK FOR SOCCER SHOTS?: “I love soccer and I enjoy watching children and their passion within sports.”


Amy Corbet-Elsbree


Coach Amy was born & raised in Toms River, NJ and pursued a Masters of Arts Degree when graduating from college. She has now been coaching since 2014! Some of her favorite activities and hobbies include hanging out with her three boys, taking them fishing & crabbing! She is also an avid reader.

Best Advice or encouragement for a parent of a struggling Soccer Shots player:

• These are children • This is a game • Let them play and let them have fun!

Why do you work for Soccer Shots:
I work for Soccer Shots because I want to instill the love of the game in a new generation of soccer players.

Sue Fraim


Sue Fraim was born in Livingston NJ and then moved to Middletown NJ where she grew up. She moved to Barnegat with her husband and young family in 2005.

Sue enjoys spending time at the beach but also in the mountains of Gaitlinburg, Tennessee. She has a big love baseball and the New York Yankees! You can also find her cooking and crafting as well in her free time! After graduating high-school Sue attended business school for Hotel and Restaurant Management.

My advice to the parents of a struggling Soccer Shots player would be that every child is different, they each has their own unique personality. Embrace those characters and traits and always be positive and encouraging. They learn from you and want you to be proud of them no matter how they may struggle. If you have fun, they will have fun and they will remember that at the end of the day. I love being part of being able to impact a child’s life and watching child bring their own personalities into the soccer sessions. I love who I get to work with at Soccer Shots!

Allie Pleydle


Coach Allie was born in Galloway but grew up in Smithville, NJ. She attended Atlantic Cape Community College where she studied culinary arts and then participated in Walt Disneys College program! She grew up playing track & field and soccer. Some of her hobbies include exploring nature, cooking, skating, the beach, paddle boarding, tending to animals, drawing, and floating in the ocean!

Best Advice or encouragement for a parent of a struggling Soccer Shots player: Soak in their environment. Even on cloudy days, rainbows show up. The kids will have fun and grow.

Why do you work for Soccer Shots: I work for Soccer Shots because it teaches kids a fun way to learn additional social skills. I love being the reason why kids can be active!

James Monahan


Coach James was born & raised here in New Jersey. He grew up involved in playing basketball, baseball, and soccer!

When James isn’t coaching, he enjoys reading, writing, music, movies, nature, & learning!
James has a passion for music & audio, he has gained a certification in Live Sound & Audio Engineering.
James has a loving family consisting of his Mother, Father, & Sister

Best Advice or encouragement for a parent of a struggling Soccer Shots player:
Keep showing up & never say you cant do something!

Why do you work for Soccer Shots:
To Grow as a human and to encourage and to help develop the kids I will be coaching

Samantha Solimine


Coach Samantha was born & raised here in Waretown, New Jersey. She started youth sports when she was three years old by learning how to ice skate. From ages five to sixteen, she played on a co-ed ice hockey team. She has had extensive goalkeeper training throughout my soccer career. From ages five to seventeen, she was also the goalkeeper for several travel soccer teams, and her middle and high school team. She also participated in dance, cheer, bowling, and volleyball.

When Samantha isn’t coaching, her favorite activity is to go to the beach and collect seashells. She also likes to go to concerts, sports games, and Broadway shows. She is currently enrolled in Ocean County College! Samantha has her immediate family of her mother & father but also visits her Grandfather as much as possible!

Best Advice or encouragement for a parent of a struggling Soccer Shots player: Keep motivating and encouraging your Soccer Shots player to try their best. They feed off of positive surroundings.

Why do you work for Soccer Shots:
I want to share my love of soccer to others, while teaching children techniques, rules, and teamwork to be a successful soccer player.

Thomas Lefferts


Coach Tom was born & raised in Brick, NJ. He spent his childhood playing both basketball & soccer!

When Tom is not coaching for Soccer Shots, some of his favorite hobbies include playing video games, cooking, playing soccer, & going to live events!
As for his immediate family, Tom has the support of his sister, mother, & girlfriend.

Best Advice or encouragement for a parent of a struggling Soccer Shots player:
Just keep things positive & try to keep the focus on having fun.

Why do you work for Soccer Shots:
I really enjoy introducing our youth to the amazing sport of soccer.

Sofia Leonard


Born and raised in: Born in NYC, raised in Barnegat!

Experience in youth sports: I played soccer for one season so far!

Favorite activities and hobbies: Drawing, playing video games, crafting and reading! I also enjoy the High School drama club, I’m usually part of the crew. I love helping get all of the props for a play ready.

Best Advice or encouragement for a parent of a struggling Soccer Shots player: Don’t put too much pressure on them, or on yourselves!

Why do you work for Soccer Shots: I work for soccer shots because my mom is a coach, and I’m loving having the experience of working with children. It’s so much fun! And a great first job.

Kristina D'Antonio


Coach Kristina was born & raised in Brick, NJ. She spent her childhood playing soccer since 7 years old which included playing on club teams, high school, U.S level, also college ball at The Ohio State University! While at Ohio State, Kristina majored in business! Kristina is blessed with a four year old son & a loving husband.

When Kristina is not coaching for Soccer Shots, she raises swallowtail butterflies in the spring and summer. She loves to garden has over 60 vegetable varietals each season. Cooking is also therapeutic for her and Kristina even has a side passion for photography.

Best Advice or encouragement for a parent of a struggling Soccer Shots player:
Every child develops at their own speed and that is both physically and emotionally as well as socially. Continue to present only positive and constructive feedback to children at this ripe age. Showing them the fun and excitement group sports can be and being fully engaged in the practice is my very best advice!

Why do you work for Soccer Shots:
I managed restaurants for many years before my child. I missed the work life but did not want to jeopardize time with my son as I have been staying at home with him for over 4 years now with him still in my belly. Soccer Shots allows me an opportunity to get back in the game, be around young children (my absolute favorite age group), get out of the house, and be a part of a truly dynamic movement. Over the years, it seems the fun in children’s sports has left us, the basics have gone overlooked and the true joy of being a part of a team has vanquished itself. I firmly believe that Soccer Shots is here to reintegrate the fun and love of the game, starting at the most impressionable age

Alex Cernansky


Born and raised in: Barnegat!

Experience in youth sports: Soccer my whole life & returning Soccer Shots coach!

Favorite activities and hobbies: Soccer & Exercising

Best Advice or encouragement for a parent of a struggling Soccer Shots player: Be persistant, and be playful with your child.

Why do you work for Soccer Shots: Because I am passionate about soccer!

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