FCB Academy celebrates Signing Day


On Thursday, FC Buffalo was proud to accept an invitation to celebrate Signing Day with the young men who make up the FC Buffalo Academy team.

Some background: An elite boys team from Lockport did not have a banner to play under in 2015, and FCB co-owner Scott Frauenhofer and former FCB assistant coach Bob Roach had the idea to support the team from within FC Buffalo.

Along the way, the boys competed in numerous high-profile tournaments and won the 2017 New York State Cup at the U-18 level before finishing second in its group at the Region I Championships, continuing to attract attention from many colleges.

The WNY Player of the Year, Bryce Schiltz, played for the academy en route to his college career, as did numerous All-WNY players including goalkeeper Steven Pufpaff, who plays for FCB coach Frank Butcher at Grand Island High School.

Several of the boys celebrated Signing Day at Mes Que — which happens to FCB’s official supporters pub — on Thursday, signing letters of intent to play at the next level.

FCB Academy players will spend next season at Harvard, Scranton, Penn State Behrend, Elmira College, and St. John Fisher, amongst other locations.

“We’re grateful to have the opportunity to put our crest on such a great community of players and parents,” said FCB co-owner Nick Mendola. “Special thanks to Ian Martin, Brad May, Scott Moreland, Brett Schiltz, and the parents of these fine young men. We look forward to tracking their careers moving forward.”