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The FC Copa Academic Guidance Program was created to help each player be better prepared to reach their goal of attending college. This is NOT intended to take the place of your school’s guidance program, but to enhance the needs of FC Copa Student Athlete. 

The program will focus 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!  Additionally, this program will bridge the gap between pure academic guidance and the collegiate recruiting process.  We will assist each player in the process and logistics regarding collegiate coaching staff communication, academic & athletic education institution matching and proper follow up logistics.

Academic Guidance is an opportunity to exchange information designed to help students reach their educational and career goals. Advising is a shared responsibility between an adviser and the student. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the student to make decisions about his/her life goals by creating a plan to reach those goals. Academic adviser can assist in this process by helping the student understand options, determine resources and, when necessary, identify alternatives. While students are urged to keep parents informed of plans and progress, the advising relationship uniquely is between the academic adviser and the student.















Student Responsibilities

  • 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 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.

Adviser Responsibilities

  • 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.

Expected Outcomes of Academic Advising

  • 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 student will be guided into an appropriate college of their choice.



Director of Academic Guidance
FC Copa Academy

A two-time Academic All-American, Rhodes Scholar Nominee, Collegiate Soccer Record Holder and 20 Year Career as a High School Guidance Counselor, Lori Berman brings her extensive experience and knowledge to FC Copa's NEW Academic Guidance Program.

Roberto Aguas, Founder and Director of Player Development at FC Copa stated, "I am excited about the official launch of this program and the appointment of Lori to lead our club's expanded focus on our student athlete's academics.  Since our founding, we have made it a major part of our program to have our coaches be in tune with each players academic standing, but now we are taking this to the next level."

Lori Berman 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 an impressive mentorship experience having served as a guidance counselor at St. Peter's Prep in Jersey City for 20 years before joining FC Copa is 2007 as a club officer, manager, coach and most recently full time as Vice President of Operations and Director of Academic Guidance.
Prior to her guidance counselor experience, Lori had a distinguished career as a high school soccer player, having achieved the distinction of being selected as a two-time all-state striker at New Providence High School (totaling 68 goals in two years) before moving on to the collegiate ranks at the University of Scranton.  As a collegiate player, Lori was a two-time Adidas Academic All-American, a Middle Atlantic Conference all-star and led the Lady Royals to their first conference title.  At the completion of her collegiate career, Lori held the school records for most goals (66), assists (33) and points (99) as well as the single season records for goals (24), assists (12) and points (36). She was elected to the University of Scranton Hall of Fame in 1998.