"I look forward to helping such an established club build on the foundations already established over 18+ years of success both on and off the field,”
Technical Director FC Copa
Craig Birtwistle joins FC Copa after serving in senior positions at New Jersey-area clubs over the past seventeen years. Most recently he served as the Academy Director at Liverpool FC International Academy. Craig has worked with MLS next Clubs the Philadelphia Union, FC Delco and ECNL club Penn Fusion. Prior to moving to America in 2005, Birtwistle coached at Birmingham City F.C. Youth Academy alongside earning a bachelor's degree in Physical Education from the University of Central England. Birtwistle holds the USSF A License (the highest qualification in America), NSCAA Premier Diploma (the highest qualification in the now United Soccer Coaches organization) , NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma and an UEFA B License, as well as NSCAA Goalkeeping Level 3.
Craig has been involved in the development of numerous professional and collegiate players throughout his coaching years and looks to continue that success here as well.
“We are thrilled to have Craig as part of our Copa family and we know our players will benefit tremendously from his knowledge and experience. We are excited as he becomes an integral member of our staff, “ said Roberto Aguas, President and Executive Director of Coaching.
“I am proud to join the family here at FC Copa. I look forward to helping such an established club build on the foundations already established over 18+ years of success both on and off the field,” Said Birtwistle. “ The potential for continued growth and excellence as well as providing our players with a fantastic opportunity to experience lifelong memories with their teammates as part of the FC Copa family, is a huge reason why I couldn’t wait to be a part of FC Copa myself.