Our Coaches

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Lil’ Kickers Coordinators

Brandon Pratt

Brandon

Lil’ Kickers Coordinator, Lil’ Kickers Director

Hometown: West Coast

Favorite Lil’ Kicker Game: knockout and red v yellow

Life Motto/Quote: “Life has Two rules: #1 NEVER QUIT #2 Remember rule #1.”

Why did you become a LK coordinator?

I became a coach because of my love for the game! Not even sure what I was getting myself into with lil’ kickers, I ended up realizing I have a passion to help kids. Being on the field and Lil kickers classes reminds me of the first time I joined the game of soccer and why it’s such a great and inspiring game to play! Being in a coordinating role just makes it that much more important has I kinks strive to inspire thousands of kids around the nation!

What is your favorite part about being a LK coordinator?

My favorite part about being an LK coordinator is being around the kids! It’s rare that I have off or bad days, but as soon as I see my class and make that connection with a kid I forget about any and everything that was on my mind! This program is always fresh, always new faces, always finding ways to help someone!!

Lil’ History of Brandon: Originally from the west coast, I joined the United States Air Force. After serving I started playing semi professional soccer on various teams from Seattle to Chicago. I went to college to study music and production eventually leading to an ongoing singer/songwriting career, while involving myself around the community and coaching for Lil Kickers.

Jose “Pokey” Gonzalez

Jose

Lil’ Kickers Coordinator, Assistant Coaching Coordinator

Hometown: Lagos De Moreno, Jalisco, Mexico

Favorite Lil’ Kickers Game: Fastbreak!

Life Motto/Quote: “The Lord is my shepherd, I have nothing to fear.”

Why did you become a LK Coordinator?

I became a coordinator because i would rather wake up everyday early in the morning to go play fun games with kids where it teaches them life skills than do anything else. Seeing them grow & develop motivates me to want to grow as a person with them, and no other position can offer such opportunity.

What is your favorite part about being a LK coordinator?

My favorite part of being a LK Coordinator is being able to relate and interact with so many different personalities has got to be my favorite part of this job. Every day I see different worlds that these kids bring to class and it just give me a better understanding of how different people can be which to me is really exciting!

Anyer Gonzalez

Anyer

Lil’ Kickers Coordinator, Assistant Coaching Coordinator

Hometown: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Favorite Lil’ Kickers Game: Battleship

Life Motto/Quote: “Stop waiting for things to happen. Go out there and make them happen”. If you want it, go get it!”

Why did you become a LK Coordinator?

I became a coordinator because this program has given and taught me so much as a coach, that it’s time to give back as a coordinator.

What is your favorite part about being a LK coordinator?

My favorite part of being a Lil Kicker’s coordinator is watching our great coaching staff impact these kid’s lives in such an inspiring way. Having these kids look and admire you almost as much as they admire their favorite super heroes is amazing and I cherish every moment of it.

Alanis Loftin

Alanis

Lil’ Kickers Coordinator, Assistant Coaching & Marketing Coordinator

Hometown: Kansas city, MO

Favorite Lil’ Kickers Game: Coney Island Forest

Life Motto/Quote: “A bird sitting on a branch isn’t afraid of the branch breaking because it’s trust isn’t in the branch, but in it’s wings.”

Why did you become a LK coordinator?

I started coaching with Lil’ Kickers in Kansas city my sophomore year of high school and absolutely fell in love with the program. It’s the most fun and rewarding job! Watching the light bulbs go off in a kid’s mind when they grasp a new skill or game is so cool. I feel very lucky to be one of the coordinators for this program, working alongside very passionate and ambitious people.

What is your favorite part about being a LK coordinator?

The best part about being a Lil’ Kickers coordinator is it doesn’t feel like work. I’m surrounded by a lot great people who genuinely enjoy making a difference in the lives of kids. Whether I’m on the field training coaches, running a class, or in the office I’m always given a reason to smile and have fun.

 Jasmin Taylor

 

Jasmin

Lil’ Kickers Coordinator, Director of Marketing

Hometown: New York

Favorite Lil’ Kickers Game: Alien Tag

Life quote: “Life is better when you smile =)”

Why did you become a LK coordinator?

I became a Lil’ Kickers Coordinator because I love working with children and being a part of their growth and development.

What is your favorite part about being a LK coordinator?

My favorite part of being a Lil’ Kicker Coordinator is building relationships with all the kids and their families.


Evanston Facility

Site Lead Jorge

MP-Jorge

Favorite Lil’ Kickers’ game: Four Corners

What’s your favorite part about coaching with Lil’ Kickers?

Getting to have fun with Lil’ Kickers kids and knowing I’m making a difference in their young life.

What’s your dream job?

Owning my own clinic


Lombard Facility

Site Lead Carlos
NI-Carlos

Favorite Lil’ Kickers’ game: Sunken Treasure

What’s your favorite part about coaching with Lil’ Kickers?

Getting to play soccer!

What’s your dream job?

Coaching women’s volleyball


Melrose Park Facility

Site Lead Pablo

MP-Pablo

Favorite Lil’ Kickers’ game: Save the Coach

What’s your favorite part about coaching with Lil’ Kickers?

Making kids happy.

What’s your dream job?

Managing a big soccer club


Niles Facility

Site Lead Juan

EV-Juan

Favorite Lil’ Kickers’ game: Sharks!

What’s your favorite part about coaching with Lil’ Kickers?

Being able to help kids develop skills that will help them become a better soccer player and human.

What’s your dream job?

Coaching a premier league team


Northbrook Facility

Site Lead Jonathan

NB-Jonathan

Favorite Lil’ Kickers’ game: Goodie Goodie Gumdrops

What’s your favorite part about coaching with Lil’ Kickers?

Making a difference in a child’s life.

What’s your dream job?

Working at the Library of Congress

Site Lead Bianca

NB-Bianca

Favorite Lil’ Kickers’ game: Hoop Pursuit

What’s your favorite part about coaching with Lil’ Kickers?

Interacting with children and creating relationships!

What’s your dream job?

Professional  Soccer Player

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