Meet The Coaches

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

Tyler Nicosia

Coach

Coach Tyler was born and raised in West Caldwell, NJ. Tyler has played youth sports his entire life since he was around 5 years old. Some of his favorite activities include running, photography, hanging out with friends, and watching movies. He graduated from James Caldwell High School and is currently attending Stockton University. He has a loving family Jill (Mom) Anthony (Dad) and his sister Lindsey.

BEST ADVICE: “Give it a chance. Have your kid keep coming to practices because one day they might just feel more comfortable.”

WHY DO YOU WORK FOR SOCCER SHOTS?: “I love working with kids. I work at a summer camp for 3-5 year olds and figured this would be something fun.”

Shannon Nilson

Coach

Coach Shannon was born and raised in Mays Landing, NJ. Shannon grew up playing soccer and basketball she loved that most of her childhood was spent in sports and with teammates, it helped make her who she is today. Some of her favorite activities include free diving, surfing, cooking, reading, golfing, health and wellness. She has her Bachelors degree in health science from Stockton University. She comes from a family of four kids who were always active growing up never leaving room for a dull moment.

BEST ADVICE: “Be patient. Show support for your kids being there and talk about what their favorite part of the session was. Allow them to get frustrated, bu also be there for them to talk about how you can help. Remember that every kid is different and what works for one kid may not work the next.”

WHY DO YOU WORK FOR SOCCER SHOTS?: “Working with kids and getting to show them my favorite sport ever is such an amazing experience. I’ve been in these kids shoes, having started playing soccer basically when I could walk, so I eel Soccer Shots is more than just kicking a soccer ball for 45 minutes. There are so many sessions and skills these kids will use in every other aspect of life.”

Sam Gelfenson

Coach

Coach Sam was born and raised in New Jersey and has played soccer, basketball and football! Some of his favorite activities include playing soccer and basketball of course and also golfing. He is a sophomore at Stockton University.

BEST ADVICE: “Practice! Practice makes perfect.”

WHY DO YOU WORK FOR SOCCER SHOTS?: “I want to help younger kids improve their soccer skills.”

Abigail Roth

Coach

Coach Abigail was born and raised in Bensalem, PA . She has played club and travel soccer since she was eight years old, she played high school soccer until her sophomore year and did cross country and track but continued club soccer. She still plays soccer for her intramural soccer team at Stockton University. Some of her favorite activities include working out, running, hiking, and hanging out with friends and family. She is currently a freshman at Stockton University majoring in Health Science with a minor in Spanish. Abigail is the middle child with an older sister Emily and a younger brother Aaron and their family dog Reggie.

BEST ADVICE: “Remember to always keep your head up. The outcome of the game does not matter. It is all about having fun!”

WHY DO YOU WORK FOR SOCCER SHOTS?:” I work for Soccer Shots to make an impact on the young soccer players’ lives. My coaches growing up were a huge inspiration to me and I hope to be that for kids I coach as well.”

Christina Larkin

Coach

Coach Christina was born and raised in Jenkintown, PA. Christina has played soccer, softball, cross country and track, she is so grateful for all the experiences and friends made from playing these sports. Some of her favorite activities include exercising, being at the beach and vacationing with her family! She graduated from Bishop Mcdevitt high School and Montgomery County Community College. She has 2 sons Colin and Sean and she has 2 younger brothers.

BEST ADVICE:” Go out and have fun! Never give up! You can do this…. I really like how hard you are trying!”

WHY DO YOU WORK FOR SOCCER SHOTS: “I love working with children. I enjoy coaching. I have a passion to help children bring out the best in themselves.”

Kristin Sweeney

Coach

Coach Kristin was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and graduated with a BA in Journalism from Temple University as well as her Masters in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. Kristin has been coaching soccer in South Philadelphia for 25 years; she has coached all age levels. She has also for several seasons now coached tee ball as well for ages 4-6! Some of Kristins favorite hobbies include coaching, reading, and writing.

Best Advice or encouragement for a parent of a struggling Soccer Shots player:
Even when you think they are not paying attention, they are. The growth that we
see at the end of the season is immeasurable.

Why do you work for Soccer Shots:
I want to work for Soccer Shots because I want to instill in children that with
practice and determination, you can do anything you set your mind to.

Dylan Carilli

Coach

Coach Dylan was born & raised in Huntington, NY and graduated from the University of Loyola Maryland in 2021. Dylan has coached for the Philadelphia Union Soccer School ages 6-12 in the past & some of his favorite hobbies include surfing, soccer, golf, guitar, music, and hiking!

Best Advice or encouragement for a parent of a struggling Soccer Shots player:
To make sure to have fun at every practice

Why do you work for Soccer Shots:
Because I want kids to have an enjoyable experience learning the game of soccer
and to most important have fun!

Jess Johnson

Coach

Coach Jess was born & raised in Howell, NJ and graduated from Monmouth University with a 5 year masters in social work and a minor in childhood studies! She has gone through the youth sports experience herself throughout a multitude of sports and for the past two years has been a soccer trainer for the youth for multiple programs at a time. Some of her favorite activities and hobbies include soccer, reading, crochet, and anything outdoor related. She enjoys to hike and exercise as well.

Best Advice or encouragement for a parent of a struggling Soccer Shots player:
These kids are too young to believe even for a second that they are incapable of
something. The best advice I can give is to stick with it and continue to provide
encouragement and praise for even the smallest of accomplishments. Let them
make mistakes and learn from them the same way an adult would

Why do you work for Soccer Shots:
I think soccer shots provides young children with the ability to learn lifelong skills.
Soccer shots introduces concepts to children that they will improve on throughout
their lives. These concepts create strong, courageous, independent people that
have confidence in themselves and their abilities. To be a part of that is honestly
such an honor to me.

Michael McCullough

Coach

Coach Michael was born & raised in Vineland, NJ and has been refereeing youth soccer as well as coaching! Some of his favorite activities and hobbies include soccer, tennis, golf, going to the beach, and attending Sporting Events.

Best Advice or encouragement for a parent of a struggling Soccer Shots player:
If we can make it primarily fun, the soccer skills and enjoyment will soon follow

Why do you work for Soccer Shots:
I want to provide the youth with knowledge of the game in a fundamental and
enjoyable manner

Aimee Mishkovsky

Coach

Coach Aimee was born & raised in Mullica Township, NJ. Growing up she loved to play soccer, basketball, and softball. She even played Soccer Shots herself! SOme of her hobbies & interests include karaoke, surfing, sun bathing, and reminding people they are loved! Aimee loves the world and anything that she can express her soul through!

Best Advice or encouragement for a parent of a struggling Soccer Shots player:
Have patience! Always be sure to positively reinforce them!

Why do you work for Soccer Shots:
To bring the joy out of life by playing soccer and inspire the youth of today to be great!

Allie Pleydle

Coach

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!

Stephanie Miller

Coach

Coach Stephanie was born and raised in Lancaster, PA. Stephanie has experience in soccer, basketball, tennis and coaching for NJTL (Tennis) for 8 years. Some of her favorite activities include running, working out, rowing, reading and going to the beach. She is a big sports fan, University of Delaware Football, Eagles, Ravens and Duke Basketball! She has her Bachelors Degree from the University of Delaware and her Masters of Education in Therapeutic Recreation from Temple University. She has a wonderful family she is very grateful for Rick (Dad) and Debbie(Mom), Emmie the dog and many wonderful Cousins, Aunts and Uncles

BEST ADVICE: ” Always Smile. Encourage your child to just have fun. They are learning social and play skills through soccer. If your child finishes the session with a smile on their face, it was a success. As long as your child tries their best and had fun, they did their job and you should be proud of them!”

WHY DO YOU WORK FOR SOCCER SHOTS?: “I would like to help promote social skills and learning through soccer. Seeing smiling faces on kiddos is the best thing in the world ! Helping children be their best and have fun is priceless.”

Chelsie Saldino

Coach

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 gam. at first they may be unsure and it’s important to support them sticking 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.”

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