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MACON SOCCER CLUB

Jr Academy

The Jr. Academy Program, now in its 9th season, is a program designed for current U8 Recreational players who are looking for new challenges, are good listeners, are willing to learn, and want additional quality training. The Jr. Academy will not replace the Recreational program for your player, but will provide an opportunity for additional training from licensed coaches. The purpose of this program is to provide a technical foundation for players who truly love the game to build upon. The Jr. Academy prepares players for the Academy program at Macon Soccer Club, which becomes available to them at 8 years of age.  

Objectives:

- To provide professional training for our more serious players.

- To improve the players’ technical abilities.

- Focus will be on individual development of our players.

- To prepare players for Macon’s Academy Program.

- To familiarize players with the training methods of the Academy Program. 


Location: 
Macon Soccer Complex


Cost: 
$50 per player

 

Schedule:

- Sessions will start the week of March 23rd

- 8 training sessions for the length of 8 weeks (1 training session per week)
 
- Sessions will be held on Monday evenings at 5:30pm (Girls) and 6:30pm (Boys). Each session will last 1 hour.


Eligibility: Player must be an existing Macon Soccer Club Registered Recreational player from Fall 2019 and/or Spring 2020.


Registration:
                Registration is done online. Use the same username login that you have created when registering your player for the Recreational Program, and choose Jr Academy as the program of choice.

Program Director:

               Adrian Juarez (Academy Director) - NSCAA National Diploma

Program Instructor:      

              Topper Cogan - NSCAA Premier License

Following his professional soccer career, which saw him play 10 seasons with the Lubbock Lazers/SandDevils, a year with Millionarios of the Mexico Third Division, and a year with Houston Express and Rockwall Raptors, Cogan jumped into the coaching ranks.
 
His coaching career started at Texas Tech as an assistant coach and led to stops at Angelo State, Sam Houston State, Montgomery Soccer Club, before joining the Oxford City F.C. of Texas Professional Indoor team.
 
Cogan spent time as the head coach and general manager of the Oxford City F.C. of Texas/Texas Strikers of the Professional Indoor Soccer from 2008-12. During his time there, he oversaw the player selection, managed the team and individual training including the development of the style of play and video training.
 
Following a four-year stint with Oxford F.C. of Texas, Cogan was an Assistant Coach at Lamar University. He trained the goalkeepers, coordinated individual training sessions, along with organizing practices, and assisted with team training. He prepared video for tactical and motivational team presentations.
 
After leaving Beaumont, Texas, Cogan spent four years as the Associate Head Coach at Idaho State University. During his time with the Bengals, he trained the goalkeepers and individual training sessions. He also prepared players for competition through on-field training, fitness management, and nutrition awareness. Besides, on field coaching, he prepared video editing for tactical and motivational presentations.
 
Cogan played at Miami University and Houston Baptist University. While at HBU, he had the most shutouts in a season, most shutouts in a career and the lowest career goals-against average.
 
Cogan has his U.S. Soccer National Grassroots Instructor Licenses, National Safety Council First Aid Certification, U.S. Soccer National “Youth” License, and his U.S. Soccer National “A” License.
 
Cogan received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and his Masters of Science in Sport Psychology/Exercise Science from Texas Tech.