Meet Our Coaching Staff
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 is a US Soccer National Instructor. 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. In 2020, Coach Ball was named High School Regional Coach of the Year as well as High School State Coach of the Year.
Matt Goodman was a member of the Husson Men’s soccer team from 2001-04, leaving his mark as one of the best goalies to play for Husson. To this day, he ranks top-five in saves (327) and shutouts (11) while tying for second-most shutouts in a single season with seven. He was named to the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) All-Tournament Team and UMPI Invitational Round Robin All-Tournament Team his senior year.
Prior to attending Husson, Matt was diagnosed with Osgood Schlatter’s, which led to his focus on becoming a highly skilled goalkeeper versus becoming a field player. In high school, Matt was the starting goalkeeper for the prestigious Hampden Academy and he had the opportunity to play for Husson Sports Hall of Fame Head Coach Keith Bosley with the Rising Sun Soccer Club. This opened up multiple opportunities for Goodman, as he was invited to travel to England to compete with All Pro Soccer against several professional clubs in a showcase tournament.
Since 2004, Goodman has gathered experience coaching all over the states of Maine and New Hampshire. He has coached for the Maine Olympic Development Program, All Pro Soccer (Maine), Seacoast United (Maine), Granite State Soccer School (N.H.), Nashua World Cup (N.H.), Memorial High School (N.H.), John Bapst High School (Maine), Brewer High School (Maine), and is currently the Women’s Goalkeeping Coach at Husson University. While in his most recent tenure coaching high school goalkeepers, just the past few years, helped 2 different goalkeepers make back to back All-State squads, and had another 7 goalkeepers make All-Region and All-Conference respectfully. He has also attained a NSCAA Goalkeeping Diploma. Goodman will head the goalkeeping program for River City Athletics.
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.
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