Director of Finance | Director of Business Administration | Director of Goalkeepers | Senior Staff Coach
“We are what we repeatedly do; excellence therefore is not an act but a habit.”
“What lies before us and what lies behind us are small matters compared to what lies within us. And when you bring what is within out into the world, miracles happen.” - Henry David Thoreau
Steve Lengen joined the FC Copa Academy staff in 2011 and has effectively worked with players at all levels on both the girls' and the boys' side. Steve began his coaching career with McGloughlin Sports, Elite Soccer Academy, and TASA-FC and subsequently started what is today Bridgewater's second club, Bridgewater United. While coaching youth club soccer, he also spent two years as an assistant/goalkeeper coach at Raritan Valley Community College. Steve then moved on to assist the Kean University Men’s soccer team as their goalkeeper trainer for two seasons. Steve is also the founder of a successful training company, Competitive Goalkeeping Academy.
Since joining FC Copa Academy, Steve has coached several girls' teams from U11 to U18 and is the general manager for the New Jersey Copa FC pro-am franchise on both the men and women's sides. He has led teams to many tournament and college showcase championships and placements He has also led teams to US Club Regional Titles in two different regions, US Club and NJYS State Cup finals, and back to back berths at USClub National Championships. Coach Steve currently serves as the Director of Goalkeeping and Senior Staff Coach.
A native of New Jersey, Steve achieved All-Area recognition graduating from Bridgewater-Raritan Regional after a run to the quarterfinals of the Group IV state tournament. He attended Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison as a biology major on an academic scholarship. Steve was also an accomplished referee, starting at age 11, he reffed for 12 years before focusing entirely on coaching. During that time he officiated for multiple leagues and clubs throughout North-Central New Jersey, as well as many State Cup matches. In 2003 he was recognized as “Young Referee of the Year.”