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FC Copa Hires Jackie Bruno as Staff Coach

Updated: Dec 11, 2020

For Immediate Release - Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Media Contact: Jef Thiffault, FC Copa Director of Club Development and Communications / 732.662.5202 x205

METUCHEN, NJ - FC Copa Academy today announced the hiring of Jackie Bruno as Academy Staff Coach. Bruno, the Head Women’s Coach at the College of Staten Island, is an FC Copa alumna. Her coaching career has spanned the last five years and included stints at a number of area clubs and Wagner College. Bruno brings her extensive playing experience and coaching knowledge to FC Copa Academy.

Bruno was a standout playing, captaining the New Jersey Copa FC team in the UWS. She was awarded All-UWS First Team Selections in 2016 and 2017. Her professional soccer dream then took her to Sweden’s 1st division to play for Telge United FF. Bruno excelled at the collegiate level for the University of Massachusetts, being named co-captain her Junior year.

Jackie Bruno comes to FC Copa as a coach after a tremendous playing career as our captain on our UWS team and a college standout at UMass Amherst,” said FC Copa President and Executive Director of Coaching Roberto Aguas. “We are thrilled to have her join our coaching staff. Jackie has a true love of the game and genuine care for player development. She is a great role model for all of our academy players as someone who has risen through youth soccer, then playing at the highest level, and now coaching a college program.”

Jackie Bruno is a great addition to our staff, and I am so happy to have her here. I have proudly watched her play with our UWS team for the past few years,” said FC Copa Vice President and Director of Academic Guidance Lori Berman. “She was an impressive player and leader on and off the field. She will be a terrific role model for our academy players, and I am excited to work alongside Jackie in the years ahead.

“I'm thrilled to be continuing my coaching career at FC Copa,” said Bruno. “As a player, this club gave me every chance to succeed. I'm looking forward to continuing to help this club grow and develop high-level players.”

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About FC Copa Academy

FC Copa Academy is a professional soccer organization founded in 2004, which has appeared in 26 state, 19 regional and 7 national finals & championships. FC Copa has one of the highest college placement rates in the country, both soccer and academic, having placed over 360 students into over 180 collegiate programs and developed over 24 professional and national/international team players. 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. FC Copa is a year-round soccer development program assisting players in reaching their greatest potential with three locations; FC Copa Rutgers (Middlesex County, NJ), FC Copa Millstone (Monmouth County, New Jersey) and FC Copa Brooklyn (Aviator Sports in Brooklyn, NY). 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) and United Women’s Soccer team.

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