METUCHEN, N.J.- FC Copa Academy Friday announced the hiring of David Atkinson as director of programs at FC Copa Academy Brooklyn.

Atkinson will oversee a number of FC Copa Academy teams as part of FC Copa Brooklyn’s anchor tenant soccer training partnership with Aviator Sports and Events Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Atkinson joins FC Copa after serving in senior positions at New York-area clubs over the past seven years.

He also served as the assistant women’s coach at Monroe College. Prior to moving to America in 2013, Atkinson coached youth teams while earning a bachelor’s degree in Sports Development from the University of St. Mark and St. John Plymouth (Marjon). He holds a USSF C License, United Soccer Coaches Advanced National diploma and an FA Level 2 License as well as FA Youth Modules 1 & 2, United Soccer Coaches Goalkeeping Level 2, Futsal Level 1 and a Youth 7v7/9v9 diploma.

“We are thrilled to announce David as part of the FC Copa Family,” FC Copa president, founder and executive director of coaching Roberto Aguas said in a statement. “David will play an invaluable role working with our management team to build our new offerings through our great new partnership with Aviator Sports serving players throughout the New York City Area. We are also looking forward to David leading a number of FC Copa teams on the field with his vast background in the development of players.”

Added Atkinson: “I’m excited to be a part of FC Copa Academy’s continued success in developing elite players that are prepared to compete and succeed at the highest levels of youth soccer. The potential for growth that I see for our club, along with the chance to provide the opportunity for the players in this area to gain lifelong experiences and memories with their teammates as part of the FC Copa family, is a big reason why I joined.”

For more information, visit FC Copa Academy at www.fccopa.com.