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Team Staff Profile - Joe Ballance

Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations



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Joe Ballance

Head Coach Robert Carnathan
  • - Position: 
  •   Head Coach 
  • - Experience:
  •   5th Season
  • - Alma Mater:
  •   Montclair State University '07



 Coach Ballance will be entering his 7th year as a collegiate level coach and his 5th with the William Paterson University Pioneers. During his tenure, Coach Ballance has led the Pioneers to four consecutive SECHL Championships winning four championships in a row.  He also has led the Pioneers to three National Tournaments out of his first four seasons.  Under Coach Ballance, the Pioneers achieved a program's best in 2010-2011 when the Pioneers finished ranked number 6 in the country.  The following season Coach Ballance and the Pioneers topped that by making it to the Final Four and placing 3rd in the country in the 2011-2012 season.  Last season, Joe was named to the ACHA Ranking Committee staff. Joe has served on the SECHL All-Star staff two of the 3 years of the All-Star Challenge. 

Joe’s coaching experience includes nine years of coaching a variety of programs around the tri-state area, including the Give 'Em Nothing Goaltending School. In addition, Joe is also a private goaltending consultant who has helped many goaltenders advance to the elite levels of Prep school, Juniors, and collegiate hockey. Aside from collegiate level hockey, Joe has been on the staff of a Junior team and serves as the Head Goaltending coach for the North Jersey Avalanche organization. Coach Ballance is also actively involved throughout the year with the USA Hockey Program and is part of the USA Hockey Atlantic-District coaching staff.  Coach Ballance holds a USA Hockey - Level 4 Advanced Coaching Card.

In his first season behind the Pioneers bench, Coach Ballance guided the team to a SECHL Championship and a 2009-2010 National berth.  In his second season, Joe would follow-up his Pioneers rookie season with the team winning consecutive SECHL Championships and earned a berth to the 2010-2011 National Championship Tournament.  Coach Ballance was recognized as the the Division 2 Coach of the Year for the Northeast region in 2010-2011.  In his third season, Joe would lead the Pioneers to a three-peat of the SECHL Championship and to a program's best number 3 rank in the country with the team making it to the Final Four for the first time in school history.  In his fourth season, the Pioneers did not qualify for the National Tournament, however the team won their fourth SECHL Championship making them the 4-time SECHL Champions completing the 4-Peat. 

Growing up in Northern Jersey, Joe played youth hockey for the NJ Devils and North Jersey Avalanche. He attended Don Bosco Prep where he was the starting goalie for the varsity tier one-hockey team. Joe went on to attend and play for Montclair State University from 2002 thru 2006 where he was a vital part of the team’s 2003 Championship title in the MACHA division and was named top goaltender of the league. While at Montclair, Joe received numerous awards and accolades for his on-ice performance and academic success. In 2005, while playing for Montclair, Joe was invited to practice with several NHL players and was a minor league prospect.

A 2007 graduate of Montclair State, Joe earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. Coach Ballance works for a major bank in the Tri-State area and resides in Livingston, New Jersey with his wife Amanda.

2012-2013 season:
Overall Record 20-6-1
Regular Season Record: 17-5-1
Playoff Record: 3-0
Regional Tournament Record: 0-1

Team Accomplishments:
2012-2013 SECHL Playoff Champions
2012-2013 Ranked #3 in Northeast Region
2012-2013 8-Mile Cup Champions (vs. Montclair State)

2011-2012 season:
Overall Record 29-4-2
Regular Season Record: 24-3-2
Playoff Record: 2-0
National Tournament Record: 3-1

Team Accomplishments:
2011-2012 SECHL Regular Season Champions
2011-2012 SECHL Playoff Champions
2011-2012 Ranked #1 in Northeast Region
2011-2012 finished #3 in country

2010-2011 season:
Overall Record 29-7-0
Regular Season Record: 25-6-0
Playoff Record: 2-0
National Tournament Record: 2-1
D2 Regional Coach of the Year

Team Accomplishments:
8-mile cup Champions (versus rival Montclair State)
2010-2011 SECHL Regular Season Champions
2010-2011 SECHL Playoff Champions
2010-2011 Ranked #2 in Northeast Region
2010-2011 finished #6 in country

2009-2010 season:
Overall Record: 27-10-1
Regular Season Record: 24-8-1
Playoff Record: 2-0
National Tournament Record: 1-2

Team Accomplishments:
8-mile cup Champions (versus rival Montclair State)
2009-2010 SECHL Regular Season Champions
2009-2010 SECHL Playoff Champions
2009-2010 Ranked #1 in Northeast Region
Earned first ever National Tournament win




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