Name: Hector Santiago
Team: B01/02 NL Black
Number of Years at Copa: 3
HS: Freehold Township High School
HS Honors: Conference Championship
Coaches at Copa: Coach Billy Englishby, Coach Andrew Santos
College Attending: William Paterson University
Conference: Eastern College Athletic Conference
Anticipated Major: Athletic Training
Quote about a specific coach:
As a coach you should not only teach the skills but also the why behind them so your soccer players are prepared and confident during the game and the coaches here definitely do that.
What are your most memorable moments or experiences at FC Copa Academy?
My most memorable moment at Copa would have to be making it into the Disneys tournament and playing on their beautiful fields for 4 days while relaxing and chilling with the team.
How did FC Copa Academy help you become the player you are today?
Fc Copa taught me the importance of teamwork, discipline, hard work, and setting goals one at a time. They also taught how to play as a full back and how decision making is everything on the field.
How did FC Copa Academy help you get into the college program you will be attending?
They helped me by giving me the platform and introduction into college searching and recruitment.
What are your thoughts and experiences on the collegiate recruitment process with FC Copa Academy? As you're traveling for games in different states, check out some colleges that you are interested in on the way. Less traveling that you'll have to do later.
What advice would you give to future FC Copa Academy athletes going through the collegiate recruitment process?
First thing you need to do is start your process early. If you start to late then you will be in panic mode and a lot more stress. Second, don't waste your time looking at schools you know you won't get into academically. Your ability's can only take you so far, and academics should always be your number one priority.