Updated: Aug 11, 2020
For Immediate Release - Thursday, April 9, 2020
Media Contact: Jef Thiffault, FC Copa Director of Club Development and Communications
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METUCHEN, NJ - FC Copa Academy Coaches Matty Berman and Andrew Santos have been named to EDP’s Promising Young Coaches Under 30 List. Based on nominations from club directors and released earlier today, Berman, Santos and twenty eight other coaches under the age of 30 participating in EDP Soccer leagues have been recognized for their hard work, dedication and ability to develop players and teams.
“We are thrilled to congratulate Andrew, Matty and all the outstanding young coaches recognized by EDP,” said FC Copa President and Executive Director of Coaching Roberto Aguas. “FC Copa strives to retain and develop the best coaching talent to positively touch the lives of our players and collaborate with our staff. We are especially pleased to have seen these two exemplary young men transition from FC Copa players to leaders within our Club in their professional lives.”
Andrew Santos is an alum of FC Copa Academy since age 14. In addition to serving as a Staff Coach, he is FC Copa’s Director of Operations. Santos attended John F. Kennedy Memorial High School where he played four years at the varsity level and named captain of the team his junior and senior year. He graduated from Manhattan College after playing four years of Division I college soccer, earning the team's Most Valuable Player of the Year Award for the 2014 season. Santos holds a US Soccer D Coaching License.
"I am honored everyday to be a coach at FC Copa Academy,’ said Andrew Santos. “I grew up here, I graduated from here, and I have the greatest opportunity by giving back to the future of this sport. “FC Copa Academy has provided me a great foundation to coach and become the person I am today."
Matty Berman joined FC Copa Academy as a Staff coach in 2015 after also playing for FC Copa Academy. Berman also serves as FC Copa’s Director of Strength and Conditioning and guides the CopaFit Program. As a member of FC Copa Forza from 2007-2011, his team won 2 state championships (2011) and finished as national finalists in 2008. Berman completed a successful NCAA Division 1 career at Marist College, serving as team captain his junior and senior seasons. In high school, Berman was an all state, all county, and all conference player his junior and senior seasons at Seton Hall Prep in West Orange, NJ.
“I am so grateful to be named to a group of such talented coaches across the region, and also be one of two FC Copa coaches recognized,'' said Matty Berman. “I thank Roberto Aguas and all of FC Copa for their guidance and support, and for my players who are so dedicated and showcase impressive quality on the field.”
Read the full EDP Promising Young Coaches List here.
Since its inception in 2004, FC Copa Academy has appeared in 26 state, 19 regional and 7 national finals & championships while having one of the highest college placement rates in the country, both soccer and academic, having placed over 325 students into 153 collegiate programs and developed over 24 professional and national/international team players.
About FC Copa Academy www.fccopa.com
FC Copa Academy is a professional soccer organization founded in 2004 which has appeared in 26 state, 19 regional and 7 national finals & championships while having one of the highest college placement rates in the country, both soccer and academic, having placed over 325 students into 153 collegiate programs and developed over 24 professional and national/international team players. We are a soccer family consisting of over 750 members from the ages of 5 to 19 that come from all areas of NJ, NY, and PA. We are a year-round soccer development program assisting players in reaching their greatest potential. The focus is on educating the complete player with a knowledgeable and caring staff. FC Copa Academy teams compete in premier level leagues, tournaments, showcases, and competitions locally, regionally and nationally. FC Copa Academy fields both boys and girls teams in each age group from U7 through U19 and beyond. In addition to the youth academy, FC Copa Academy provides a pathway into the college, semi-pro and professional levels via its New Jersey Copa FC collegiate programs (U20 and U23) all the way to the UWS (women) team.
About EDP www.edpsoccer.com
Established in 1999, EDP has continued to update, innovate, grow and align their league and tournaments schedules to create the best recruiting opportunities for players, in order to be seen by college coaches from all over the United States. EDP's focus is to help every player with not only their potential in soccer, but in their academic goals and personal development as well. Using every program as a means to empower youth soccer clubs and prepare their young athletes for the next stage in their academic careers, while at the same time, educating players and parents on the journey getting there.