In this week’s “Get to Know” article, we will be learning more about Seacoast United Maine South staff member, Josh Needle. Josh will be coaching the clubs 2009 Girls, 2000 Boys, U23 Girls team for the 2018/19 season and will also be the Director of JM Gorham site.
Tell us a little bit about yourself!
My name is Joshua Erik Needle and I'm from New York. I have a 15-year-old son that plays on the Seacoast 2003’s. I'm a 5th grade school teacher in Scarborough which is where I live also.
What is your previous experience playing/ coaching soccer?
I played at the State University of New York at Potsdam College. I have been coaching for 16 years. I started at Scarborough MS and HS, then Maine Metro FC, and finally Seacoast United since 2010.
What made you decide to want to start coaching?
I love the game and when I realized I had gone as far as I could with playing, I decided I wanted to coach and develop players. I also saw many young players that were good players but had many bad habits. I decided I wanted to coach for a premier club because they are the gate keepers of developmental soccer. I pursued my licensing for that very purpose.
What attracted you to Seacoast United Maine?
Paul Cameron and Brian Cooke at first, but then I realized what Seacoast stood for from people like Steve Twombly and Paul Willis.
Who has been the most influential person in your career?
David Cleark. I had him for my USSF C and B license. He showed me how to run a proper training session that develops players quickly. He also let me know how to constantly challenge myself as a coach and to always look for areas I can improve upon.
Todd Sniper. Todd got me involved instructing young and new coaches by teaching USSF E, D and grassroots licensing.
What’s been your best memory while being involved in coaching soccer?
There are many. However defeating Velocity in the state title game with my U15’s in 2015 was a big one. Also, every time I hear a former player is going to play college ball, I reflect on that player. Those are all good memories.
Which current or former professional athlete did you admire the most growing up and why?
Being a New Yorker, I always admired Derek Jeter. He always was humble during interviews. He always recognized his teammates and was willing to do anything to make a play. The most important aspect of his persona is his drive to always get better. He always worked hard in training. I feel the same way about Clint Dempsey. He shared these same qualities.
Do you have any hobbies you like to do in your spare time?
I enjoy playing in Men’s' league soccer with the same team I've been with for 18 years. I also, like to read about history and politics. Finally, I enjoy watching my son play soccer and hockey.
Rapid Fire Questions:
Favorite food – Good pizza and a good grilled steak
Favorite genre of music – Classic rock
Favorite place to visit –Yankee stadium
Favorite Premier League team – Chelsea, Barcelona (La Liga)
2018/2019 Premier League Winner – Chelsea
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