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Communication with College Coaches:

We are sending you a template email (below) that you need to send out to any college coaches prior to attending these events. The coaches need to know that you have some interest in their school so they can make an attempt to attend your games while at these tournaments.  This list of potential coaches will vary depending on your age.  The younger you are, the larger your list will be and also the less likely the coaches will be to attend your games, but you need to make the effort in communication as they will put in their database.  As a freshman or sophomore, your list of potential colleges should be very long right now and you should send an email to every coach of any college you might have some interest in attending. These emails should be sent a couple of weeks before each tournament, but can be even earlier as coaches are planning their schedules before each event.  It is a lot of work, but it is CRITICAL that you send them.

The email template is below. This is only a template and needs to be edited by you to truly reflect who you are and why you might want to attend the school. Make it your own!  Be Creative! Add to it! You want to boast your accomplishments as well as those of your team while keeping it relatively brief.  If you are a very strong student, make mention of those numbers (GPA and SAT's) early in the email so they continue reading. Every college coach loves to see a strong student who will be a good candidate in the admissions office! If you are young and do not yet have SAT scores, that is fine, just express to them the interest you have in their school and why. 

Put yourself in the position of a college coach reading your email. Does it make me want to see you play? Are you helping me understand why the school is a good academic fit for you? Do you know anything about my soccer program?  Peek my interest enough to read your email in full and make a point to try to see you play.  

Also, please look at the tournament website for a list of college coaches who will be attending as most tournaments have a list posted for you to work from. 

These emails you are sending are often your first introduction to a college coach and how you present yourself speaks volumes to who you are. Be sure to have someone (a parent) look at your emails before you hit send!  Make sure you check all spelling and use full words - ex. you, not u.  It sounds crazy, but with all of the texting you are doing, proper English sometimes suffers. 

Address each email to the coach by name with specific content about that school and soccer program if possible.  Coaches want to know that you are aware of their program and school - not that they are part of a blast out you are sending to hundreds of coaches (even if that is the case).  At this time, the game schedules have not been posted, so you need to wait until that occurs, but please create your email and have it ready to go so you are prepared. Again, this template is at the very end of this email. Be sure to copy (cc) your FC Copa Academy coach on every email you send so we are in the loop. 

Template email to be sent to college coaches prior to attending each tournament - Edit to make it your own - make it personal and interesting!  Make a college coach want to come see you play and also have them understand that you know something about their school and soccer program!  Make sure you spell their name correctly and do not have other spelling or grammar mistakes.  Please ask your parents to read your template before you start sending your emails.


Sample Email:


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.