Welcome to the Gould Academy Athletic Hall of Fame.
The Gould Academy Athletic Hall of Fame was started in 2007 to recognize the outstanding achievements and contributions in the area of athletics by Gould’s students and coaches. That first group of inductees included six graduates, one coach, and one graduate/coach. There are now 56 members in the Athletic Hall of Fame.
Congratulations to the 2017 Inductees
The committee is now seeking nominations for 2018 inductees.
The next class of inductees will be honored during Alumni Weekend, September 2018. The deadline for nominations is June 1, 2018.
Please contact Ken Remsen ’67 if you have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-434-3988
The Gould Athletic Hall of Fame committee consists of 5 – 10 members, both alumni and Gould staff members. Current Gould Academy Athletic Hall of Fame Committee Members and contact emails: Don Angevine, Susan Gardner, Lauren Head, Rob Manning, Alec Newell, Charlie Newell, Bonnie Pooley, Kristina Stevens | Chair: Ken Remsen
David Carter ’67
David Carter took up the sport of cross-country skiing as a child and quickly developed a passion for the sport that would stay with him for the remainder of his life.
Through his four years at Gould and a subsequent four years at the University of Maine, he demonstrated a drive and determination toward excellence that went unparalleled by his teammates. During this time period, he laid down the foundation for what would eventually be his greatest contribution to the sport. With an in-depth knowledge of the sport and a vast network of knowledgeable friends, he opened a ski touring center in Oxford, Maine where he developed a trail system that was unique in design.
Recognizing that others were missing out on the benefits of the sport, he began and developed a program for introducing cross-country skiing to the youth of the Oxford Hills area. In time, he expanded his operations to include a ski center on the Intervale Road in Bethel using land that he had skied during his youth. David was an innovator in the sport and a major influence on Nordic skiing in Maine.
The Gould Academy Athletic Hall of Fame is proud to honor the lifetime contribution he made to the sport of cross-country skiing that greatly enhanced the lives of many people.
Laurel DesRoches Lasher ’65
Raised at Laurel Mountain in Ligonier, PA, Laurel DesRoches started skiing at the young age of 18 months. Fast forward to 1963, with a few years and more than a few trophies, she placed 3rd in the women’s combined North American alpine championships at Stowe.
Laurel flourished at Gould, playing field hockey and tennis, but her main focus was skiing. Laurel became captain of the girl’s ski team and the top-ranked skier in Maine, competing in junior nationals both her eleventh and twelfth-grade years.
Upon graduating in 1965, Laurel attended and skied for the University of Colorado while also participating in US Ski Team camps. In 1966, she transferred to Johnson State College where there was no existing women’s team. Coach Erle Morse challenged her to win a college race, citing that if she did, she could start a women’s team. Always up for a challenge, Laurel and a few other JSC women ski racers won the 1967 Middlebury Winter Carnival and Johnson State College became a charter member of the Women’s Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association.
Since college, her dedication and commitment to the sport fueled her drive to coach and administer hundreds of races. Laurel returned to Maine in 1997 making Sugarloaf her home. She has been the race administrator and official timer since 2000. Her time serving the board as Executive Director of the Maine Alpine Race Association earned the prestigious Sugarloaf President’s Award for outstanding service.
Today, Laurel competes in locals ski races and golf tournaments at Sugarloaf. She is proud to be Mom to five outstanding skiers.
Parker Gray ’97
Parker began skiing with Gould as a member of the eighth grade Winter Term Program and by his ninth grade year was competing in all four events: Slalom, Giant Slalom, Super G, and Downhill. He had quick success and progressed to compete at the USSA level, FIS level, NorAm and the US Nationals and Junior Olympics by the time he was in eleventh grade. Parker credits Gould for preparing him for both his career as a ski racer and as a coach. The relationships he formed with classmates and faculty, the amount of time he was able to be on snow, and the specialized training abroad all prepared him for the next level.
After graduating from Gould, Parker stuck around for two more post-grad years training before moving to Park City, Utah to pursue his dream. In 2003, Parker returned to coach at Gould. In 2006, he moved on to coach at the Killington Mountain School and in 2008 received the Vermont Coach of the Year Award.
Parker is a two-time Junior Olympic Downhill Champion and Overall Junior Olympic champion in Downhill and Super G. In 1998, he took first place in three categories at the MARA Championship: Slalom, Giant Slalom, and Overall. In 2002 he was the Western Region Downhill champion. He has been a Master Maine Guide since he was 19, is a Wilderness First Responder, and a level three PSIA ski instructor.
This brings us to 2017. Parker has been a World Cup coach for Team USA from 2014 to the present. He now has his eye on the 2018 Winter Olympic games, coaching some the world’s most elite level skiers.