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FC Copa Hires Jef Thiffault as Director of Club Development and Communications

Veteran Sports Executive with MLS and International Experience Joins FC Copa Academy

For Immediate Release - Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Media Contact: / 732.662.5202 x205

METUCHEN, NJ - FC Copa Academy today announced the hiring of Jef Thiffault as Director of Club Development and Communications. Jef will be responsible for the implementation of FC Copa’s new expansion efforts at FC Copa Millstone and FC Copa Brooklyn, oversee marketing and public relations, guide relationships with FC Copa’s partners and direct an array of special projects.

Thiffault joins FC Copa with two decades of experience at the highest levels of the sport, having previously held roles at Major League Soccer/Soccer United Marketing and as Managing Director of the NPSL. He is the founder of Contigo Sports Management, which provides stadium operations services at major international matches for prominent entities such as Relevent Sports, New York Red Bulls, Soccer United Marketing and countless professional clubs and national teams. He is also part of the ownership group of Savannah Clovers FC of the UPSL and serves on the Advisory Board for United Women’s Soccer (UWS).

“It is with great pride that we announce someone with Jef’s reputation, skill set and impressive background at the highest levels of the game joining FC Copa,” said FC Copa Academy President and Executive Director of Coaching Roberto Aguas. “The continued growth of FC Copa, along with our commitment to providing a best in class experience for our players, will be greatly enhanced by Jef’s contributions and connections throughout the sport.”

“I join FC Copa with a unique understanding of their history of success both on and off the field, and with that I am thrilled to have the opportunity to help each day to enhance the experience for our players, families and partners while helping to grow and expand opportunities for the club,” said Thiffault.

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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 350 students into over 160 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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