Name: Antonio Callegari
Team: B01/02 NL Black
Number of Years at Copa: 1
HS: St. Peter’s Prep
HS Honors: All State, All County, All Area, County Championship, High Honor Roll
Coaches at Copa: Coach Billy Englishby
College Attending: Swarthmore College
Conference: Centennial Conference
Anticipated Major: Pre-Med
Quote about a specific coach: Coach Englishby not only pushes me to become the best player I can be, but also the best man I can be. He often tells us to "take care of the little things", as it will only help us in life as we get older.
What are your most memorable moments or experiences at FC Copa Academy?
My most memorable moments came from the Disney Showcase I went to. It was a time where I saw myself as part of the team, not only on the field but off it as well. I got to know my teammates better and they got to know me as well.
How did FC Copa Academy help you become the player you are today?
In the short time that I have been here, I've found different ways to think in the game. Every play sets up another moment later in the game and it can potentially impact a goal. Furthermore, I've become more mindful of my body movement throughout the game. My body positioning has made me a better player on the field.
How did FC Copa Academy help you get into the college program you will be attending?
After joining the club this past year, FC Copa has made a tireless effort into getting me into Swarthmore. At FC Copa, I felt as if I always had someone in my corner pushing for me and staying in contact with college coaches. Their college contacts extend nationwide, allowing me to have constant access to an array of options to choose from.
Share your thoughts and experiences on the collegiate recruitment process with FC Copa.
I had a rewarding experience with the collegiate recruitment process with FC Copa Academy. I received a lot of feedback, support and most of all encouragement from the coaches in helping me pursue the school that was the best fit for me.
What advice would you give to future FC Copa Academy athletes going through the collegiate recruitment process?
My advice is to never feel discouraged about getting recruited. Email college coaches and stay in touch with them constantly. There's always a college waiting to find players. You have to believe in yourself and never lose that faith. Be patient and know that your time will come, it is just a matter of executing on those opportunities. But if there is one thing to learn from the experience, it is to always bet on yourself and double down.