METUCHEN, N.J. – FC Copa Academy Wednesday announced the hiring of Jef Thiffault as director of club development and communications.

Thiffault will be responsible for the implementation of FC Copa’s expansion efforts at FC Copa Millstone and FC Copa Brooklyn, oversee marketing and public relations, guide relationships with FC Copa’s partners and direct an array of special projects.

He joined FC Copa with two decades of experience at the highest levels of the sport, having previously held roles at Major League Soccer/Soccer United Marketing and as managing director of the National Premier Soccer League. He is the founder of Contigo Sports Management, which provides stadium operations services at major international matches for entities such as Relevent Sports, Red Bulls, SUM and countless professional clubs and national teams. He is also part of the ownership group of Savannah Clovers FC of the UPSL and serves on the Advisory Board for United Women’s Soccer.

“It is with great pride that we announce someone with Jef’s reputation, skill set and impressive background at the highest levels of the game joining FC Copa,” FC Copa Academy president andeExecutive director of coaching Roberto Aguas said in a statement. “The continued growth of FC Copa, along with our commitment to providing a best in class experience for our players, will be greatly enhanced by Jef’s contributions and connections throughout the sport.”

Added Thiffault: “I join FC Copa with a unique understanding of their history of success both on and off the field, and with that I am thrilled to have the opportunity to help each day to enhance the experience for our players, families and partners while helping to grow and expand opportunities for the club.”

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