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B. Grimm commits to the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown

Congratulations to Barbara Grimm on her commitment to the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown as she looks forward to continuing her soccer and educational journey at the next level.

Team: Girls 2004 Black

Number of Years at Copa: 7

HS: Shore Regional High School

HS Honors: 3x NJSIAA Central Jersey Group 1 Sectional Champion, 2019 NJSIAA Group 1 Finalist, National Honor Society

Coaches at Copa: Coach Sherwin, Coach Steve, Coach Matty, Coach Roberto, Coach Lori

College Attending: The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown

Conference: PSAC - Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference

Anticipated Major: Nursing

Quote about a specific coach: “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” - Babe Ruth

Coach Matty is the person who comes to mind when I hear this quote. The constant positivity and determination he puts into developing his players truly have had a great impact on them. He is always encouraging us when things get difficult and believes in our potential and how great we are, not only individually, but as a team.

What are your most memorable moments or experiences at FC Copa Academy? My most memorable moments at FC Copa include being able to play and compete with my teammates, who became like family to me. A great achievement of mine at this club was playing up with Coach Sherwin’s 02 teams, with my sister, at The Central Jersey Invitational, scoring the winning goal to send us to the finals and winning a medal. Going to Disney every year and different states for games and tournaments was always the highlight of my weekends, especially going to someone’s hotel room to have a mini team party and hang out.

How did FC Copa Academy help you become the player you are today? FC Copa has tremendously impacted my career for the better and was filled with the utmost positivity from coaches and teammates. Being a part of this club since I was little has helped me progress as a player and advanced my skills. From technical training and practices to big showcases and games, I was always given great opportunities and support to do great things from this club.

How did FC Copa Academy help you get into the college program you will be attending? FC Copa has helped me through the college process, and I have Coach Lori and Coach Roberto to thank. They have kept me on my toes and encouraged me through the whole process. They have set up numerous zoom calls with me and have given me key and helpful information on the whole college process.

Share your thoughts and experiences on the collegiate recruitment process with FC Copa Academy. The recruitment process was a little nerve-racking and something new for me. But with the help from coaches at FC Copa, I was able to understand how to go about it.

What advice would you give to future FC Copa Academy athletes going through the collegiate recruitment process? I would advise future FC Copa athletes to start preparing a list of schools early so the whole process is easier down the road. I would recommend going to as many ID camps as possible, this way the coaches know you are interested in their school, and they can see you play in person. A crucial part of the recruitment process is email and keeping in touch. Always send your game or tournament schedule to the schools you are interested in. Also, small things also make an impression, for example, congratulating them on a great season or even wishing them a happy holiday.

Share any other info that you may want us to know! Overall, my time at FC Copa has been truly enjoyable and I made so many great memories and friendships playing this great game of soccer.

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