Josh Needle- Junior Mariners Director

Josh is from the Albany, NY area and has played soccer for most of his life at various levels. He played his college soccer at the State University of New York at Potsdam which is part of the SUNYAC conference.

Josh’s coaching career began in the fall of 2002 when he assisted the boys U12 travel team for the Scarborough travel program. In the fall of 2003 he began coaching the Scarborough 7th grade girls team which posted a 14-1 record and the year after, his 8th grade team posted another 14-1 record. The following year Josh began coaching high school soccer as the Freshman Head Coach and the Varsity assistant for 3 years. He returned to the High Schoo ranks once again as the assistant to the Varsity and JV and helped bring a state championship to Scarborough HS girls this past year of 2012.  He began coaching premier soccer in the spring of ’03 when he was one of the U12 Girls’ coaches at Maine Metro FC. Josh continued to coach the Maine Metro U12 girls the following year and stayed with that team through their U17 year. Josh has been the 1992 boys Olympic Development assistant and was the  1998 boys head coach coach. He was the director of player development for the Maine Metro FC developmental academy for 3 years and is currently the director of the Seacoast Jr. Mariners Academy, and the footskills coordinater.   His teams have been state finalists 7 times and has 3state championships.  Josh is currently coaching the Seacoast United Maine U13 girls for the 2014/15 season as well as the semi professional Seacoast United Mariners WPSL Women’s team for the last 3 seasons.

 He was recently awarded his USSF "A" license in the summer of 2011, which is the highest license the US Soccer Federation offers. Josh has been a 5th grade school teacher at Wentworth Intermediate School in Scarborough, Maine for the last 13 years. He lives in Scarborough with his wife Shelly and their 11 year old son Nathan.


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