Meet Our Coaching Staff
After a celebrated career at Manchester United, followed by a farewell season with his boyhood club- the Hartford Hellions of the MISL- Joe returned to reality and medical practice in Maine. Blessed with blistering pace and unmatched field awareness Joe continues to dominate at the Senior level while sharing his vast soccer knowledge with area youth players. Joe has his USSF “D” license. His coaching philosophy with young players can best be summed up as “Suck it up, buttercup.”
MJ Ball is the Director of Coaching for River City Athletics, the Assistant Director of Coaching for SoccerMaine, Executive Director and founder of Fields4kids, and the Girls Varsity soccer coach for Hermon High School. He has a USSF “A” License and teaches the “E” and “D” National license courses. He recently became the second coach in Maine to receive the Grassroots National Instructors License through US Soccer. He has the rare distinction of being named Coach of the Year at the Club, High School and College level.
Mark has coached at many levels beginning with rec and youth leagues and is currently the Boys Varsity Soccer Coach at Hermon High School. He holds the USSF Class “E” license, and is taking the next Class “D” course. Mark graduated in 2017 with a Kinesiology Physiology and Education specializing in Exercise Science degree from the University of Maine.
Prior to joining the River City coaching staff, Taylor played for 4 years at Husson University and started all 67 games. She netted 19 career goals and 13 assists for 51 career points. Fortin played 4 years as a starter for the Varsity Women’s soccer team at Bishop Brady High School in Concord, NH. Made All-State Honorable mention Junior year, and All-State First Team Senior year. Represented New Hampshire in the 2014 Women’s Lion’s Cup game. Named Most Valuable Player in her Senior Year. Lead the varsity team in goals both Junior and Senior year. Also played Basketball for Bishop Brady for four years. Played premier soccer for GPS New Hampshire during the Winter and Spring seasons.
Personal: Taylor Fortin, born in Manchester, NH… Daughter of Robert and Kim Fortin, sister of Michael Fortin… Majoring in Physical Therapy at Husson.
Jaime was an All State soccer player for several years in high school and then joined the men’s team at Eastern Maine Community College. She has enjoyed coaching boys and girls teams at the rec, and travel levels for both Bangor and Brewer Soccer clubs. She has coached a girls fall travel team with Brewer Soccer Club since 2015.
Jaime has a bachelors of science in sonography from Thomas Jefferson University and currently works at Bangor OB/Gyn – Women’s Ultrasound of Maine. Jaime holds a USSF Class “E” license.
Jaime lives in Eddington with her husband Jason and their three children, Jon, Jacki and Josh.
Jason played soccer at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, then went on to coach at Katahdin, Cony and Bangor High Schools. He holds a USSF Class “E” coaching license and coaches with the Brewer Soccer Club. Jason teaches in the Bangor School Department and at Husson University. He has a Master’s Degree in Kinesiology and Physical Education and is a Certified Adapted Physical Education teacher.
Jason lives in Eddington with his wife Jaime and their three children Jon, Jacki and Josh.
Prior to joining the River City coaching staff, Paquette was a four-year letterwinner as a member of the Husson men’s soccer team as a goalkeeper from 2013-16, helping the Eagles win a NAC Championship in 2014.
Paquette posted a 5-4-1 record and made 52 saves with 1.2 shutouts, a goals against average of 1.82, a save percentage of .732, while only allowing 19 goals in 940 career minutes played. Paquette ranks among the career leaders in fewest goals allowed per game (1.35), goals against average, wins, and ties.
Paquette graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Sports Management from Husson in the fall of 2018. A native of Ferrisburgh, Vt., Paquette attended Vergennes Union High School.
Coach Ben Poland is entering his third year coaching for River City where he coaches the U12 boys. This past fall he completed his sixth year as the Boys Varsity Soccer coach at Brewer High School. Coach Poland is entering his 17th overall season as a soccer coach.
Prior to being hired at Brewer High in the fall of 2012, Coach Poland was the boys JV coach at Orono High School for 2 seasons (2010-2011) and the girls varsity soccer coach at Hermon High School for 3 seasons (2007-2009). He was the boys JV coach at Hermon for 5 seasons before being named girls varsity coach at his alma-mater in Hermon. Coach Poland was also a track & field coach at Hermon High School for 9 seasons.
Coach Poland graduated from Hermon High School in 1998 and played two years of soccer at Husson University before sustaining two knee injuries and transferring to the University of Maine. At Husson, Poland was a member of the Maine Athletic Conference championship teams in 1998 and 1999, advancing both seasons to regional postseason playoff berths.
For a full-time occupation, Coach Poland serves with the Maine Air National Guard based out of Bangor. He has served in the Maine ANG since January 1999.
Coach Poland currently holds his USSF “E” soccer coaches license and also coaches for the Brewer Soccer Club. In addition to coaching, Coach Poland serves as a board member for the Brewer Soccer Club and as the Vice President for River City Athletics.
Poland resides in Levant with his wife Jessica and his children, Liam, Alexis, and Tenley