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NEW JERSEY COPA FC 2018
COACHING STAFF
 
Head Coach

ROBERTO AGUAS

Coach Aguas is the President, Founder, and Executive Director of Coaching of FC Copa Academy and New Jersey Copa FC. Coach Aguas currently coaches three highly nationally ranked teams at FC Copa Academy; U15G Milan (#1 NJ), U16G Celeste (#1 NJ), and Juniors (#1 NJ). He has developed and mentored a large number of players who are now playing collegiate or professional soccer. Most recently Coach Aguas lead the FC Copa Milan to the NJYS State Championship and along with the FC Copa Academy Juniors to the 2015 Disney Soccer Showcase Championship.

Coach Aguas is responsible for creation and consistent implementation of the club’s curriculum and is active in the oversight of training and development of all coaches and players with the focus on preparing the young men and women to play soccer at the collegiate level. Coach Aguas, along with his staff, leads the process of college recruitment and placement for our players.

Coach Aguas has lead four teams to the #1 ranking in New Jersey and three #1 rankings in the country. In 2013 he lead the FC Copa Academy Milan U14G to the NJ State Championship and the FC Copa Academy Real U18G to the NJ State Finals. That same year, 2013, he lead the FC Copa Academy Juniors U16B to the US Club National Finals. In 2012 Coach Aguas lead the historic FC Copa Academy Real U17G to the first National Title for FC Copa Academy when they won the US Club National Championship in Chicago. In 2011, he lead the FC Copa Academy Forza U18B to dual Championships at the NJYS State Cup and US Club State Cup. That same team was also the 2008 finalist at both the US Club Regionals and US Club Nationals. Coach Aguas has also taken the U16 Girls Celeste at the time to an 2015 NPL National Finals. 

Coach Aguas has personally coached over 60 players and had oversight of 200 plus players at FC Copa Academy who have gone on to play collegiate soccer for school such as Princeton, Rutgers, Louisville, West Point, Marist, Syracuse, McGill (Canada), Navy, Lehigh amongst others. He has also coached and mentored FC Copa players who have gone on to the professional ranks or have been called up to youth national teams in the US, England, Portugal, Russia, Ecuador, Honduras, Philippines, Dominican Republic, St. Kitts and Nevis. Coach Aguas has coached at many different youth levels in three continents for over 20 years. Coach Aguas exerts a high emphasis on maintaining a relationship with all FC Copa Academy players after they graduate. He works closely with alumni to continue their personal development as well as exposure to other aspects of their soccer career and business development.

Coach Aguas has lead teams at FC Copa Academy to wins at some of the most prestigious tournaments, showcases and leagues in the country, a list which represents the top competition nationally;  US Club Regionals & Nationals, USYS Regionals, NJYS State Championship, US Club State Championship, Region 1 League, EDP / NPL League, Dallas Cup Invitational, Disney Soccer Showcase, Jefferson Cup Invitational, Potomac Invitational and the Las Vegas Player Showcase.

Coach Aguas has found great success with players and teams he has coached since the founding of FC Copa Academy and has lead:

  • 3 teams to the #1 ranking in the country (per GotSoccer) (FC Copa Academy Forza, Real & Celeste)
  • 5 teams to the #1 ranking in the state (per GotSoccer) (FC Copa Academy Forza, Real, Celeste, Juniors & Milan)
  • 1 team to a US Club National Championship (FC Copa Academy Real U17G)
  • 2 teams to a US Club National Finalist (FC Copa Academy Forza U16B 2008 & Juniors U16B 2013)
  • 1 team to a NPL National Final (FC Copa Academy U16G Celeste)
  • 1 team to a US Club Regional Championship (FC Copa Academy Juniors U15B)
  • 2 teams to the NJ State Cup Championship (FC Copa Academy Forza U18B & Milan U15G)
  • 2 teams to NJ State Cup Finals (FC Copa Academy Forza U15B & Real U18G)
  • 2 to a US Club State Championship (FC Copa Academy Forza & FC Copa Juniors) 
  • 1 team to the US Club State Cup Finals (FC Copa Academy Real U18G)

Coach Aguas is a founding board member of EDP (Easter Development Program) and is an active lecturer in coaching philosophy in North and South America as well as Europe, with an emphasis on teaching systems and styles of play. Roberto holds a USSF National License and is a member of the NSCAA.

Coach Aguas is also a very successful business entrepreneur, having been an executive member of the management team of two companies he lead to an initial public offering (IPO) in 1996, Seer Technologies (an IBM Company) and in 2000, Serviceware both in the technology sector. He currently leads a portfolio of companies via his investment firms, Copa Holdings (US) and Andes Ventures (Latin America), and is an investor, advisor, mentor and board member of a number of privately owned startups he has helped found and funded.

Assistant Coach

ANDREW GIALLAMBARDO

Coach Giallombardo, who is a New Jersey native, is a former USMNT player and a longtime youth coach. After getting capped on the U-14, 15, 17, 18 and 20 National Team, Coach Giallombardo played overseas for Southampton FC from 2006-2009 before returning to the United States to play for the USL Pro side Dayton Dutch Lions. Upon the conclusion of his playing career, Coach Giallombardo went on to win State Championships and reach Regional Finals as a coach at NJCSA.

Coach Giallombardo has significant experience in the coaching world in New Jersey. From 2010–2015, he was the Director of Coaching at Soccer Specific Training in Wall, NJ. He led NJCSA Elite U9 to U14 Girls team to a State Championship, a Regional Final, a top 10 ranking in New Jersey and a top 25 ranking nationally. Coach Giallombardo has also served as a staff coach for Indiana University Soccer camps for the last two years. As a player, Coach Giallombardo has played and trained with every USNT from U-14 to U-20 which included international call ups to Japan, Ireland, Argentina, Mexico, Germany and England. Additionally, Coach Giallombardo was a member of the Residency Program at IMG Academy, Bradenton FL, from 2004 to 2006 while he was a pool player in the USMNT U15 to U20 squads.

Giallombardo holds a USSF Coaching License and his FA EAC Coaching Badge.

General Manager

STEVE LENGEN

 

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 club, he also spent two years as an assistant/goalkeeper coach at Raritan Valley Community College. Steve then moved 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, which currently runs high level programs for several travel clubs throughout North/Central Jersey.His teams have reached rankings as high as second in NJ, have reached the quarterfinals of the US Club NJ Cup, and have won and placed at several tournaments including the MSSL Spring Showcase, the Virginian, Ultimate Kick Off Classic, MSSL Xplosion, NEFC Kickoff Classic and the NSCAA/MSSL Showcase.

Since joining FC Copa Academy, Steve has coached several girls' teams from U11 to U18 and has been heavily involved in the U20 and U23 programs on both the men and women's sides.  He has led teams to tournament wins and placements at many tournaments including Baltimore Mania, MAPS CAPS, and Columbia Invitational, as well as prestigious showcases NEWSS, and CASL.  He has also led teams to US Club Regional finals, as well as US Club and NJYS State Cup semi-finals. As head coach of the FC Copa Academy U18G Aventura, 100% of the Aventura’s graduating seniors earned college soccer placement, a testament to the philosophy of FC Copa. Coach Steve currently serves as the Director of Goalkeeper 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.”  

Steve holds National Coaching and National Goalkeeping Diplomas from the NSCAA.