Craig Smillie

Academy Coach


On the coaching side, Craig led his U15 Boys Mass Premier Soccer (Crusaders) to the National Finals in Tampa. His other experiences have led him to Scotland, England, Wales, Australia, and now stateside. Craig has obtained a UEFA B Coaching License, as well as his USSF F, and FA Level 1 coaching certifications, bringing valuable knowledge of the game to FC Copa. Smillie played professional football in his native Scotland for Hamilton Academical FC and for Fitzroy City FC in Australia.

Coach Smillie brings with him over fifteen years of coaching experience in the game spanning across the UK, Australia, and the US. Smillie has held previous roles as SFA Football development officer and Hamilton Academical youth coach in Scotland, Stockport County youth coach, Macclesfield Town youth coach in England, Fitzroy City FC head youth coach in Australia. He has served as a scout for Carmarthen Town in Wales. In the US, Coach Craig has worked with organizations such as United Soccer Academy, Mass Premier Soccer, Westfield (New Jersey) Soccer Association.

Copa has a rich history of success at the youth soccer level in New Jersey, and I am excited to be a part of that. I knew instantly that the club was the correct fit for me, as we possess the same values on and off the field. I look forward to what the future holds for me at FC Copa.”-Coach Smillie