FC Copa Academy is an elite soccer club in NJ where we develop players with outstanding personal character and successfully place them into collegiate programs. NPSL, UWS, National Premir League, United Womens Soccer, US Club Soccer, NJ Soccer, NJ, Youth


The FC Copa Academy Academic Guidance Program was created to help each student athlete be the best they can be in the classroom and reach their ultimate dream of playing college soccer.  While soccer is a huge part of our lives, it is equally important for our young people to understand that their effort in their studies will be what defines them as they navigate through their teen years and select a college. This program is here to assist, it is not intended to take the place of your school’s guidance program, but rather to enhance the needs of FC Copa Academy Student Athlete

Our focus is on assisting players to place themselves in a better academic position by making them aware of what colleges are looking for long before their senior year is upon them. The most important factor in their acceptance to college is their academic standing and creating good habits at a young age will foster self-confidence, pride and ultimately success. Additionally, this program will bridge the gap between pure academic guidance and the collegiate soccer recruiting process.  We can assist our players in the process and logistics regarding collegiate coach communication, academic & athletic institution matching and proper follow-up logistics.

We hope you find this information useful and we are always here to assist you with any questions you may have.

Vice President
Academic Guidance
(973) 632-3578

A two-time Academic All-American, Rhodes Scholar Nominee, Collegiate Soccer Record Holder in goals and assists/ Hall of Fame Inductee at the University of Scranton and a former high school Guidance Counselor, Lori Berman brings her extensive experience and knowledge to the FC Copa Academy Academic Guidance Program.

Lori has not only had a storied soccer career, but even more impressive than her athletic success, is her academic track record, having been honored with the ECAC Scholar Athlete Award, an NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship and selected as a nominee for the Rhodes Scholarship. After achieving such academic accolades, Lori amassed impressive professional experience having served as a guidance counselor at St. Peter's Prep in Jersey City for many years before joining FC Copa Academy is 2007 as a club officer, coach and currently holds the position of Vice President and Director of Academic Guidance.


Below are valuable links and resources for students and their families during your college identification and selection process.


















  • Make advising appointments in advance, especially during busy registration periods.
  • Make advising appointments in advance, especially during busy registration periods.

  • Come to appointments on time, and cancel if you cannot attend

  • Come prepared for appointments by writing down questions/concerns in advance. During the advising period for registration, also come with a list of courses you are interested in taking the following semester.

  • Accept responsibility for making your own plans and decisions. An advisor may provide advice, not make your plans or decisions for you.

  • Use defined online tools to review your own major/minor options and requirements. Review requirements you have already completed and plan for those not yet fulfilled.

  • Define a primary plan to achieve your goals but also have an acceptable alternative.  

  • Become an educated student so you can make well-informed decisions; ask for guidance and advice from reliable sources, get advice from multiple sources, and when the advice you receive does not meet your goals or "feels" wrong, get a second opinion. Ultimately, all decisions are yours.

  • Be aware of the FC Copa policies, procedures and practices, and when needed, ask for clarification.

  • Create positive relationships with FC Copa Academy advisors, faculty, and staff.

  • Read all correspondence sent to you via email. Respond if required.

  • Take advantage of the resources that will improve your guidance experience.

  • An adviser may provide assistance in helping a student learn how to make practical academic plans and decisions, how to discover a range of options available to the student, based on the student’s stated goals, and how to think through the consequences of the student’s own choices.

  • Assist in development of an academic/career plans consistent with student’s stated goals, interests and abilities.

  • Provide accurate information about policies, procedures and requirements.

  • Guide student towards a college selection.

  • Create positive working relationships with students, staff and faculty.

  • Assist student in understanding the rationale and potential of difference. collegiate educational choices and/or majors.

  • When appropriate refer students to other resources and services.



  • Students will know how and where to access accurate information about policies, procedures and requirements.

  • Student will be encouraged to make decisions that support their goals, abilities and aspirations.

  • Ultimately each FC Copa Academy student will be guided into an appropriate college of their choice.