About Us

As the premier Children’s Soccer Experience, our mission is clear – we aim to positively impact children’s lives.

Local Information

Local Leadership:

Brandon Crane, Director of Partner Services
Brandon has played and coach soccer for over 30 years.  He has a passion for seeing kids succeed through sports.  He currently lives in Tampa with his wife and two daughters.

Cara Jahnke, President of Operations
Cara graduated with a B.S from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield Connecticut.  She has been a Director of several large childcare centers since 2001. She played lacrosse in high school and 4 years at Sacred Heart University.  Her love for working with young children and preparing them for elementary school is what lead her into the early childhood education field.  Cara currently resides in Riverview with her husband and three children, Noah, Sophia, and Jaxon.  Both of her older children play travel soccer and she is the Ultimate Soccer Mom!!  When she and her husband are not watching their children play soccer, they enjoy spending time with their family and friends, boating, traveling and checking places off their bucket list.  Cara hopes that her experience working with children and leading great teams of teachers, will help lead and grow our Soccer Shots team for years to come.

Mark Wilson, Director of Coaching Education and Development
Coach Mark Wilson grew up in Miami Florida where he played competitive club soccer at K-Land and high school soccer at Miami Killian Highschool. Coach Wilson was awarded a D1 soccer scholarship at the University of Monroe. He graduated from ULM with a BFA majoring in Advertising Design and minoring in Ceramics and Photography. He has 21 years soccer experience holding positions as Club President, Director of Coaching, Director of Youth Academy and Coaching Education, State Coaching Instructor, Olympic Development Program State Coach, and Competitive Coach. He holds a United Soccer Coaches “Director of Coaching Diploma”, United Soccer Coaches “Advanced National Diploma DP, United Soccer Coaches “Goal Keeper Level 1&2” Diploma, USSF “C” License, USSF National “Y” (Youth). He is married and has 2 daughters. Coach Wilson is passionate about educating coaches and player development.

Gabriel Peralta, Program Coordinator                                                                                                                                                                            Coach Gabriel was born in the Dominican Republic and is very passionate about soccer and helping kids enjoy the game. He has played soccer for the Real Madrid Academy in the Dominican Republic, Lakeland Tropics and for Florida College. Gabriel was offered the opportunity to play soccer in Spain for the Real Madrid Academy, when he was younger, but chose to move to Florida instead. He graduated with a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Florida College. Gabriel has worked with kids in the Polk County Parks and Recreation program for spring break and summer camps. In his spare time, he likes to play golf, ride mountain bikes, and play all types of sports.

Coaches:
Soccer Shots outstanding crew of coaches consists of local college soccer players, early childhood education specialists and other highly qualified and motivated soccer coaches. Their #1 goal is to ensure your child is having a fun and safe time, while learning basic soccer skills, teamwork and fair play, thus giving your child “The Children’s Soccer Experience” – Soccer Shots.

Office Contact Information:
Soccer Shots Tampa Bay
Phone: (813) 785-5067
Email: [email protected]

Employment

If you have a passion for positively impacting children, we’d love to talk to you.

Career Opportunities

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

  1. Every Soccer Shots coach must complete our comprehensive training program to receive certification.
  2. All Soccer Shots coaches are trained in the use of developmentally appropriate techniques.
  3. Coaches are routinely evaluated and undergo ongoing training.
  4. 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

  1. You will receive a weekly summary of what your child is learning at Soccer Shots.
  2. We proactively communicate cancellations due to weather or other circumstances.
  3. Our staff understands the importance of timely, responsive communication.

Expert-approved curriculum that aligns with early childhood education standards

  1. Our developmentally appropriate curriculum places an emphasis on character development and skill building.
  2. Our program is created under the guidance of childhood education specialists, professional soccer players and experienced and licensed soccer coaches.
  3. 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.

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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.