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Director of Coaching | Todd Sniper

Todd Sniper grew up in Naples, Italy, and Flensburg, Germany, following his father’s career in the U.S. Navy. It was in Europe where he first discovered his passion for soccer, and the game served as a gateway to a deeper understanding of European cultures, and soccer’s place among them. When he was a teen-ager, Todd and his family moved to Ledyard, Connecticut, where he played for Oakwood Soccer Club. Oakwood’s indoor team was one of the most successful teams in the state, making three straight trips to the United States Indoor Soccer League Final Four. Oakwood’s outdoor teams enjoyed success as well, regularly competing at the regional level. As a youth player in 1987, Todd earned a spot on his age-group Olympic Development Program Region 1 team.

Todd went on to play at the University of Maine from 1988-1992. He started every game of his Black Bear career, twice earning All-New England honors and three times making the All-Maine collegiate team. He graduated from UMaine as the program’s career assist leader. After college, Todd played one season for the Connecticut Wolves semi-professional team before coming back to Maine.

Todd has enjoyed a varied professional coaching career. He started coaching with North American Soccer Camps, a precursor to Major League Soccer Camps. Todd enjoyed a rewarding experience with the Revolution system, training younger players during the early days of the MLS. While working with MLSC, Todd earned his USSF “A” License by age 26.

A founder of the Odyssey Sport ’97 club, Todd coached and administered multiple age groups for 15 years. In the college ranks, Todd worked five years as an assistant to Doug Biggs with the University of New England’s women’s program, and in 2001, St. Joseph’s College hired him as head coach of the Monks’ women’s program.

More recently, Todd has held numerous coaching and administrative positions with both Soccer Maine and ODP Region 1. He currently is the Soccer Maine Director of Coaching, leading US Youth Soccer-sanctioned  coach education programs across the state and serving as a youth coach for his 10-year-old daughter’s team.

Associate Director of Coaching | MJ Ball

MJ Ball is the executive director, youth academy director and a coach for Blackbear United Soccer Club and later Seacoast United Blackbear Soccer Club. He served for two years as an assistant with the University of Maine’s men’s program, and he coached both the men’s and women’s programs at the University of Maine at Machias for four years (2000 – 2004). MJ holds a USSF “A” license and is a graduate of Westminster College in Pennsylvania.

USSF Instructor | Josh Needle

Josh Needle’s coaching career began in the fall of 2002, when he was an assistant with a Scarborough Soccer Club U12 boys travel team. Josh’s club coaching career began the following spring, when he coached one of Maine Metro FC’s U12 girls teams. In 2004, Josh again coached a Maine Metro U12 girls’ side, and he continued to coach that group through their U17 year.

More recently, Josh was the director of player development for the Maine Metro FC developmental academy for three years and is currently the director of the Seacoast Jr. Mariners Academy and coordinator of the club’s Gorham-based foot skills program. Josh is an assistant with the Seacoast United Mariners semi-professional women’s WPSL team and is working with Seacoast United Maine’s U17 girls for the 2014/15 season. His club teams have reached the state finals six times and have won two state championships.

In addition to his town club and premier club responsibilities, Josh as worked on the middle school and high school levels. In 2003, his seventh-grade girls team posted a 14-1 record. The next year, as eighth-graders, the squad again went 14-1. In 2005, Josh joined the Scarborough High girls program, serving for three years as a varsity assistant and head freshman coach. In 2012 he helped the Red Storm bring home the state Class A championship.

Josh has also been heavily involved in the Maine ODP program, first as an assistant with the ’92 boys side and later as head coach of the ’98 squad.

USSF Instructor | Paul Baber

Paul Baber is the director of football for Global Premier Soccer and is general manager of GPS/Maine Premier Soccer’s Portland Phoenix club. He is the former coach of the Portland Phoenix USL Premier Development League team, and he currently coaches the Phoenix’s Super-20 team. He previously coached the Cape Cod Crusaders, winners of the USL PDL. Paul holds a USSF “A” License, USSF National Youth License, and NSCAA Premier Diploma. He is a member of the USYS Region 1 Coaching Staff.

USSF Instructor | Jannelle Harris

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USSF Instructor | Alan Curtis

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