Coach Amanda is from Staten Island, New York. She moved to San Diego in March 2018 to continue impacting children on and off the soccer field. Coach Amanda coached & directed for the Soccer Shots franchise in Staten Island before her move. Coach Amanda graduated from the University of Vermont where she played Division 1 soccer.
She earned her Bachelors’s Degree in Early Childhood Special Education with a concentration in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Coach Amanda has been playing soccer since the age of 4, she typically plays in the midfield. Coach Amanda’s favorite food is pizza and she loves to make it from scratch. In her free time, Coach Amanda likes to play soccer with her friends; she is a part of a co-ed league & a women’s league here in San Diego.
Fun fact about Coach Amanda: when she was first introduced to soccer she loved to play with grass more than the actual soccer ball. “Each week I would look forward to going to soccer practice, however, once I got there I would chase butterflies and play with the grass. After a year of not playing soccer I one day just decided to join in. I have been playing soccer ever since and thank my dad for continuing to bring me to the soccer field regardless of if I played or not.”
“I enjoy teaching children about the sport I love, it also fascinates me how much they enjoy learning character development while interacting with their peers. I love doing this job because of the impact Soccer Shots sessions have on children. Moving to San Diego has allowed me to visit some awesome townships and meet amazing families and children!”
Coach Amanda’s favorite Soccer Shots game is the Silly Martian game, “children always love to kick coach with a soccer ball, and it is truly amazing to see all of them smile and giggle while doing it!” Coach Amanda can’t wait to share her passion for soccer, character development, and enthusiasm with your children!
Coach Andrew graduated from Chapman University where he earned a Bachelors in Sociology with a Minor in Physical Education for Elementary. He was a scholarship football player in college and a multi-sport athlete at Grossmont High School where he excelled in soccer, track and field, football, and baseball. Coach Andrew first played soccer when he was 5 years old and he believes it helped him excel in all other sports in his life. His favorite position in soccer is forward because who doesn’t like scoring goals?!
Coach Andrew has been working with children for over 18 years and found the Soccer Shots opportunity while working in an after-school program. His experience of working with youth and his passion for sports made coaching for Soccer Shots an easy match. When Andrew is not coaching he enjoys being a Dad and going to the beach with his family. He has a 4-year-old daughter and they love eating their favorite food together, pizza!
“I like teaching children new games and character development words so they can learn new things every week when I am coaching soccer shots. I love being a soccer coach and having fun with all the different children I teach all over San Diego.
My favorite Soccer Shots game is Castle keepers. It is a really fun way to teach children how to be goalie and the other children get to try to score goals. It is a good way to teach two positions in one game.” Coach Andrew can’t wait to share his passion for sports, character development, and healthy lifestyles with your children!
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Coach Courtney was born and raised in San Diego. She is a recent graduate from Colorado State University-Global Campus with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing. Growing up she played soccer, starting with AYSO and then moving on to playing club for the Chula Vista Rangers.
Coach Courtney was an aggressive, and strong defensive player, but occasionally would play midfield. Her favorite foods are pizza and tacos, and her favorite color is purple. Coach Courtney enjoys doing a variety of activities during her free time like painting, going to the beach, and enjoying some lazy time with her dog.
Two fun facts about her are that she is guilty of being obsessed with anything Disney and she loves to bake. Coach Courtney is passionate about working with Soccer Shots to help children learn and develop the skills they will need to further their love for soccer. She hopes the children will love soccer as much as she did when she was younger.
Coach Deston was born in Escondido, CA, and has lived in San Diego most of his life. He studied at UCSD and has lived abroad in Asia as an English teacher. He has been a dancer since his college days and loves to exercise in a fun and exciting ways.
Coach Deston’s favorite food is hot pot and his favorite color is blue!
He loves to sing karaoke. Coach Deston also speaks Chinese, and he knows the secret language called “Ibe.” Ask him to teach it to you!
He loves his hometown and wants to build a better San Diego through building a stronger community.
Hope to meet you soon!
Coach Diego Grizzle
Part Time Coach
Originally, Coach Diego is from Oceanside, California. His parents both worked in and for the Military there. When he was entering the fifth grade his Dad was stationed in Norfolk, Virginia. Coach Diego lived in Virginia Beach for 8 years and eventually made his way back to San Diego as he started his senior year of high school, which was 2015.
Ever since then he has been here living in Chula Vista. Coach Diego is half Spanish and half German. He mainly grew up with his Mom’s side of the family because they live here in San Diego. He has a very big family and it’s something he enjoys and takes advantage of whenever he can. Coach Diego grew up living with his parents and older brother, who graduated from a University in Virginia and is currently living there. He currently goes to Southwestern College as a History Major and Administration Minor. He plans to get his Associates’ Degree and transfer to SDSU. His end goal is to become a teacher and while teaching he plans to work on his Masters in Administration to allow him to become a Principle at either an Elementary School or High School.
Coach Diego has played soccer since he was three years old, he started playing for teams in Oceanside up until he moved to Virginia. Once he moved, his soccer career took off through travel and academy teams throughout. Since he was about eight years old, he has been a goalkeeper. Coach Diego’s first goalkeeper coach was Coach Tran of the Old Dominion Soccer Club, who played for the South Korean National Soccer Team through the 1970s.
He had the biggest impact on my soccer career and he shaped me into the Goalkeeper I grew up to be. His way of training is how I teach my students to this day. Coach Diego played soccer in Middle School and through High School starting as the Varsity Goalkeeper all four years, three of which were at Salem High school in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and his final year playing at Hilltop High School. He also played football three years of High School as a Defensive Lineman and the Punter and PAT kicker. In Virginia, he wrestled in his off-season of soccer as well as football in order to stay in shape.
Coach Diego’s favorite food is Italian, he loves pasta and loves to cook it as much as possible. His favorite color is turquoise, a mix of green and blue. He loves to go to the gym in his spare time and hanging out with friends and family whenever he gets the chance. Coach Diego also enjoys going out to new restaurants and trying different foods and exploring new places!
The first fun fact about Coach Diego is that he is a die-hard Sneaker-head, which means he absolutely loves shoes and the street clothing that pairs with them. Another fun fact about him is that he loves to draw- he draws all sorts of things. He may not be the best, but he always has fun doing it!
Coach Diego is passionate about working at Soccer Shots because the age groups that he works with are so receptive to new information and that really allows him to make the biggest and best impact on each player. The style of teaching and the attitude of the coaches really play a benefit to the kids’ learning ability of the sport. This style of teaching also allows for the kids to learn discipline and control over their own playing style and ultimately just having a great time doing it!
Coach Diego R
Part Time Coach
Coach Diego Rodriguez grew up in Madison, Wisconsin. After serving four years of active duty in the Marine Corps at Camp Pendleton he decided to stay in sunny southern California and moved to San Diego where he met his wife.
Coach Diego has a background in child care and education at the Boys and Girls Club, caregiving for the elderly, personal training, emergency medical service, he’s currently working on his associates and majoring in psychology.
Coach Diego wrestled, ran track, and played football in high school. He enjoys playing soccer with his friends on the weekends. He loves Indian food and any and all kinds of BBQ. Coach Diego enjoys spending time with his wife and newborn daughter, martial arts, surfing, diving, and grilling some delicious BBQ. He enjoys painting and sometimes submits his work to local arts shows, he competes often in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Judo tournaments.
Sports and athletics have had a major positive influence on Coach Diego‘s life. Participating in school sports growing up and later in martial arts training has taught him self-discipline, self-confidence, humility, self-accountability, and honor, lessons that have opened doors for him in life that otherwise wouldn’t have. He strives to encourage and foster those qualities in the next generation through the beautiful game of soccer.
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Coach Dominique was born and raised in the city of San Diego, California. In the month of May, 2021, she recently received her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in English Literature, while obtaining a minor in Media Communications from Auburn University at Montgomery, in Montgomery, Alabama.
Coach Dominique has quite a bit of experience in soccer, as she has played for 18 years of her life. Her positions were Center Forward, Outside Forward (left and right) as well as Outside Defense.
Aside from playing soccer majority of her life, she did run track for two years in high school.
Her favorite food color is red.
Aside from playing soccer majority of her life, she did run track for two years in high school. On her free time, Coach Dominique enjoys roller skating, yoga and playing indoor soccer!
Two fun facts about her are; she was able to co-lecture a college course on how to build your own website. She also has 5 published articles at her recent University of how Covid-19 impacted student-athletes.
Coach Dominique is passionate about working with Soccer Shots and impacting children because she enjoys building character and giving back to programs that she didn’t have the opportunity to obtain while she was growing up. One of her biggest things about impacting children is making sure they know the mark that they will put on this world while having fun with it.
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Coach Fel was born and raised in Fresno, CA and initially came to San Diego for grad school. She has been in SD since 2019 but misses Monterey Bay where she spent five years and earned a bachelor’s in Psychology (CSUMB). Coach Fel used to be a preschool teacher and hopes to continue pursuing a career in child development.
She has been playing soccer since she was six years old and enjoys playing forward. She also enjoys disc golf! Her favorite food is thick crust pizza (Gianni’s in Monterey) and anything that involves bread. In her free time, she likes to go to the gym, play in her adult soccer league, play video games and take her dog for walkies!
Two fun facts about coach Fel are that she is a Women’s National Collegiate Disc Golf Champion and has competed in several Spartan Races throughout California. She is passionate about working for Soccer Shots because she gets to impact children through her favorite sport! Especially since it’s done in a way that builds confidence and promotes character development while also experiencing the momentum of their progress.
Coach Gianna is from Chula Vista, Ca, she and her family have lived in San Diego her whole life and she plans to continue living here! She grew up in a Hispanic household and has played soccer since she was 5 years old. Coach Gianna was a midfielder and defender and also participated in cross country, swim, and track and field.
Coach Gianna’s favorite color is red and her favorite food is tacos! She enjoys singing and playing piano as well as painting and running in her free time. Two fun facts include that she has never broken a bone and that she was an opera major at SDSU! Gianna loves working with kids and admires their creativity, she is extremely excited to join the team and create a positive and fun environment for the youth!
Coach Izzy was born and raised in San Diego. After completing High School, she moved to different cities mostly Northern California. Her love to be close to her family brought her back to our beautiful San Diego where the beach is never too far.
Soccer was an important part of her childhood as her brother was on a soccer team and she looked forward to Saturday mornings where she would cheer him on. Throughout college, she attended various soccer tournaments as well as keeping up with the World Cup. Her love for the sport and her passion for children brought her to Soccer Shots.
Coach Izzy enjoys volunteering for summer school camps where she is able to impact each child with her energetic personality. She spends her days off exploring nearby cities. As well as, enjoying the company of family and friends. Regardless, of where she’s going she loves finding small mom-and-pop places to eat.
Coach Michael is originally from Portland, OR. He moved to San Diego back in 2005 for a new job. The majority of his career has been spent building sales teams within multiple industries, including healthcare and human resources.
Although Coach Michael never played competitive soccer, he has spent the last three years coaching both his boys in various soccer teams. Coach Michael competed in various sports including baseball, wrestling, and hockey.
Coach Michael has a twin sister and is a 4x fantasy football champion. He has a passion for building relationships. Joining the Soccer Shots team allows him to be a kid at heart and role model for his players.
Part Time Coach
Coach Rachel is from San Diego and has lived here all of her life in the Mission Valley area. She holds degrees in Business Management and Liberal Studies from the University of Redlands.
Coach Rachel began playing soccer at the age of 5 in the AYSO league and played for various clubs and teams up until the age of 21. In college, she played for the intramural team.
Coach Rachel’s favorite food is undoubtedly ice cream! She is a fitness enthusiast and enjoys running, crossfit, and soccer. She also likes to go to museums and enjoys ocean swimming.
Two fun facts about Coach Rachel are that she has jumped off of the Ocean Beach pier three times as a part of Junior Lifeguards and that she is left handed!
Coach Rachel is passionate about working for Soccer Shots and with the children because she wants to implement positive experiences centering around physical activity into the children’s lives and wants the great game of soccer to be passed onto the children so that they can enjoy it for a lifetime too!
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Coach Rowan is from Tucson, Arizona. He started playing soccer at the age of 3 in Nogales, Arizona, and I continued to play throughout high school in Tucson. While he has played all over the field in his career, central midfield is his favorite position because he can be involved on both ends of the pitch and get lots of touches on the ball as well!
Coach Rowan’s favorite food color is green because green food is healthy and makes you grow up to be a big strong soccer player. In his free time, he likes to surf, skate, and play lots of piano.
Two fun facts about him are that he has two adorable dogs back home named Nina and Bella, and another fun fact is that he won a freestyle soccer trick contest before.
Coach Rowan is incredibly passionate about joining Soccer Shots because Soccer was always the best part of the day when he was younger and wants to be able to give as many kids as possible the same opportunities which he had to go have a blast on the soccer pitch.
Coach Stephanie is from San Jose, California. She moved to San Diego to live with her best friend after a spontaneous decision to move to the East Coast over the summer. Coach Stephanie has a degree from Chico State University in Business Administration – HR with a minor in Child Development. She played soccer for two years as a forward and mid fielder
Coach Stephanie also did gymnastics for 8 years. Her favorite color is yellow, and her favorite foods are burritos and tacos. She loves to do yoga, go to the beach, read, and be outdoors in her free time. Two fun facts are that she’s broken 3 bones and that she eats popcorn religiously.
Coach Stephanie is passionate about working for Soccer Shots and impacting children because she believes we can make the world a little kinder by helping one another, and encouraging children to do the same. She believes that in order to live successful and meaningful lives, we must lean on each other.
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