About FC Puma Soccer

Academy Philosophy

At FC Puma Soccer Academy our coaching techniques are state-of-the-art and based on the USSF, United Soccer Coaches, and European coaching methods. It is our hope that through concentrated individual attention with our experienced coaching staff, each player will master the skills and techniques required to play soccer at its highest level. We are committed to the development of youth players, ensuring a solid technical foundation, and understanding of the game in a non-pressured, fun learning environment.

20 years and counting!

Our academy was created in 2001 to serve the needs of our growing soccer community in New England. Director Christian F. Battaglia saw an opportunity to help develop youth players of all ages/levels by fostering excellence through a dynamic, fun but focused learning environment. His goal is always to develop players’ technical and tactical abilities to their fullest potential.

FC Puma Soccer Academy is one of the leading youth soccer camps in Massachusetts & New Hampshire. We offer many opportunities for camps throughout June, July and August and various locations including Boston, Keene, NH, Marlboro, Mendon, Middleton, Natick, Norfolk and Stow, MA.

First Touch Is Everything

The player’s “first touch” on the ball is critical. A great first touch is one of the skills needed to be a strong soccer player. Soccer is a fast game played under pressure, and players who can respond quickly and retain control while under pressure have a huge advantage. Learning the most effective techniques for first touch is a crucial part of developing that control. We want players to love and enjoy manipulating the ball with their feet and become confident in the control they have under various offensive and defensive situations.

Meet Our Staff

FC Puma Soccer Academy is coordinated and run by Christian F. Battaglia. Coach Battaglia and his coaching staff are among the region’s top coaches, clinicians, and camp counselors. These coaches bring a wealth of experience and enthusiasm, and a dynamic vision for the development of youth players.

Academy Director

Christian F. Battaglia

  • USSF "A" License
  • USSF Academy Director License
  • NSCAA Premier Diploma
  • Former Professional Player

Michele Bertuzzi

  • UEFA “C” License
  • USSF "D" License
  • Master’s Degree in Sports Management

Nick Burke

  • USSF "A" License
  • NSCAA Premier Diploma
  • FA “C” License (England)
  • FAW “C” License (Wales)
  • Former Professional Player

Jeff Causey

  • USSF “B” License
  • Former DC United & New England Revolution Goalkeeper

John Conlon

  • USSF 'C' License
  • NSCAA Advanced National
  • NSCAA Advanced National GK
  • Strength & Conditioning Coach
  • Former Collegiate Coach

Steven Grimshaw

  • NSCAA Premier Diploma
  • FA Coaching Badge
  • Play Soccer Staff Coach
  • Former Professional Player

Tim Hallett

  • USSF "B" License
  • NSCAA Premier Diploma
  • English FA Level 2

Dan Hansen

  • USSF "B" License
  • NSCAA National Goalkeeper
  • Former Collegiate GK Coach
  • Former College Player

Anthony Rougier

  • UEFA "A" License
  • Former Professional Player
  • Former International Player- Trinidad / Tobago

Paul Walsh

  • USSF 'C' License
  • FAI 'C' License
  • Former BC Men's Assistant