Instructors

Carmen Ritze
Head Coach
Coach Carmen certified K-12 Art Teacher! I have over 10 years of experience working with kids in the pool, on the field and in the classroom. I enjoy coming up with creative projects that use multiple mediums. I think art and creativity are a vital part of child development and am excited to have a positive impact on so many kids!
Coach Brian
Head Coach
I am Coach Brian, and I come from the northeast sports world. I have been working in the sports, fitness, and recreation field for over 20 years. I am a certified trainer and sports nutritionist with a BS degree in Sports Management and Recreation from Springfield College. 

I started playing soccer in the YMCA and continued up through Rec Leagues, Travel Leagues, Indoor Leagues, High School and College. I continue to play in a Men’s Soccer League in Jupiter. I played all positions on the field but I enjoy playing defense the most. I coached several teams in the North Palm Beach Recreation Soccer league for all 4 age groups.   

Ignite Sports allows me to teach and coach skills through a variety of drills and games. The best part is watching the everyone improve from week to week. People learn best from imitation and by showing them in a fun and creative way. Being able to make activities more inclusive is a great way to teach and have a successful program.
Coach Scott
Head Coach
I am Coach Scott, and I have enjoyed sports and working out my entire life. I grew up playing soccer from elementary through high school where I also competed in indoor and outdoor track.  

After college, I joined the U.S. Army where I learned the right and wrong ways to train and motivate individuals and teams. While serving, I played soccer, flag football and rugby on my unit and/or post teams.  I also attended many grueling courses designed to test you both physically and mentally which allowed me to learn a lot from them and about myself, too. After eight deployments, I understood the importance of not only physical fitness but also mental toughness.

After 22 years, I decided it was time to try something different, so I retired from the Army and am now working at Ignite Sports passing on what I have learned.  I am a NIRSA Flag Football Certified Referee.
Emiliano Hoyuela
Head Coach
Hello, I am Coach Emiliano or "Coach E". I was born in Mexico but I've been living in the USA since 2015, I've been a fan of sports since a very young age and I have practiced sports like soccer, tennis and golf in a competitive level. I was also a trainee on a Dutch ship where I did community service with kids from all around the world and I also learned the importance of discipline and team work. 

My goal at Ignite sports is to teach a good sportsmanship and for the kids to practice sports in a fun but healthy way and to get the best out of them in every session. 
Jess Lopez
Head Coach
I’m Coach Jess! I come from small town in Elkhart Indiana. I am now a proud Floridian of 11 years. I have been an athletic advocate for over 16 years. My athletic career started in my early years from Little League Baseball at 6, to playing and competing in Volleyball, Weight Training, and Softball in High School. I did competitive travel volleyball and Summer programs involving a local favorite here at Indian River State College called Junior Rampage. I am trained in a variety of sports including flag football, softball, and soccer. 

I am also a huge Yoga advocate. My practice started in 2013 from prenatal practices to post-partum practices. That’s right, I discovered my yoga journey through pre-natal pracitices! Never have I ever made a more brilliant life-changing decision to embracing and discovering my mind, body and spirit. I am a self-taught yogi and certified with an online 200-hr YTT. I also specialize in Tai Chi, Mindfulness and Meditation.


Since working with Ignite Sports, I have been able to pass along what I have learned over the years and watch our future athletes flourish!
Tj Gero
Head Coach
I am Coach TJ. I have lived in Florida my whole life. I've been a sports fanatic from a very young age. I played soccer my whole life and at 6 years-old I started playing on a competitive travel team. I played travel soccer at the highest level ever since as well as in middle school, high school, and Olympic Development Programs. I also trained in a variety of other sports such as Mixed Martial Arts, Golf, Track, and Football to name a few.

I have worked with kids from a very young age as well. I started at my local church as a camp leader and continued to do for 4 years. I have also coached many elite-level soccer camps throughout Florida.

Now working for HappyFeet and Ignite Sports, I can truly teach the next generation of athletes and help many players reach their potential. Watching as players improve and build confidence is truly inspiring. Every player learns at their own speed and in their own way and helping them is my goal.