Hermon High School will have two new soccer coaches this fall.
M.J. Ball will replace Adam Leach as the girls coach and Harry Dieuveuil will take over the boys program from Scott Deabay.
Hermon athletic director Stephanie Biberstein said Leach and Deabay both resigned due to work commitments.
Ball has coached the Hermon Middle School girls team the past nine years and that team hasn’t lost a game during that span. He also coached the boys middle school team the past two seasons.
He also has coached numerous Seacoast United Blackbear teams over the years and recently led the under-18 girls team to the state title and a berth at the northeast regionals in Rhode Island.
Ball, who coached the men’s and women’s teams at the University of Maine at Machias for four years and was an assistant for the University of Maine men’s program for two years, is an assistant director of coaching for Soccer Maine.
Dieuveuil has 27 years of coaching experience at various levels.
He was a volunteer assistant under Deabay two years ago and was an assistant coach and junior varsity coach at Bangor High School in 1987.
He has been coaching travel soccer for the Bangor Soccer Club since 1995.
Ball will inherit a team that went 16-1 last fall with its only loss coming to Waterville in the Eastern Maine Class B final, 2-1 in overtime. Five players graduated, including All-American striker Kaitlin Saulter, but 21 will return.
“I’m excited. I know the Hermon girls very well,” said Ball. “The support system is in place. The talent level is there.
“It’s a great group of kids. I’ll organize them and make sure they are technically sound. It’s going to be a lot of fun,” said Ball, who was raised in Pennsylvania.
Leach guided Hermon to a 44-7-1 record over the past three seasons.
Ball said he preaches an attacking style of play.
“I’d rather lose a game 4-3 than defend for 90 minutes and lose 2-0,” he said. “I coach performance rather than results. The big thing for me is that if you do the little things right most of the time, the results will take care of themselves.”
Dieuveuil will take over a team that went 4-9-1 last fall but returns 18 of its 21 players. The Hawks went 6-6-4 the previous year, reaching the EM Class B quarterfinals.
“This is a dream come true. I’m excited,” said Dieuveuil. “This is a great group of guys.”
Dieuveuil intends to teach a South American style of soccer.
“We are going to be a ball-possession team and we’re going to play very strong defense at the same time,” he said. “We’re going to play with a lot of flair. We will be strong technically. And we will have very good team unity. It’s going to be fun.”
He also said he wants his players to be leaders and he will stress the importance of focusing on their studies.
“Education is very important,” said Dieuveuil, a native of Haiti.
Biberstein said she feels she has two top-notch coaches. They were among four applicants for each position.
“M.J.’s middle-school girls team has gone something like 92 games without a loss,” said Biberstein. “He has been involved in coaching for a long time and he knows a lot of the kids.”
Biberstein said Dieuveuil has a “ton of experience in the Bangor travel program” and will bring a lot to the team.