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 62 members in the Athletic Hall of Fame.
Congratulations to the 2018 Inductees
This year’s Hall of Fame Honorees John Wight, Al Sumner ’59, and Gretchen Dock ’68
The committee is now seeking nominations for 2019 inductees.
The next class of inductees will be honored during Alumni Weekend, September 2019. The deadline for nominations is June 1.
Please contact Ken Remsen ’67 if you have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-343-1622
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, Charlie Newell, Bonnie Pooley | Chair: Ken Remsen
Gretchen Dock ’68
Coming to Gould in the fall of 1964, eight years before the enactment of Title IX prohibiting sex discrimination in any educational program, Gretchen found the athletic landscape for women very different from the broad opportunities available today. Even though the depth and breadth of offerings offered few opportunities for high-level interscholastic competition, they did offer opportunities.
Gretchen was an incredible all-around athlete and took advantage of every opportunity available. She participated in volleyball, field hockey, basketball, and softball all four years. She was captain of the basketball team her senior year. Not satisfied with just those four sports, she also participated in tennis her freshman year, badminton and bowling during her sophomore year and archery in her junior year.
In 1968, Gretchen threw the softball farther than the Maine State record, and one of the male coaches congratulated her and said she should learn to throw a javelin. He was willing to help her. She later found out that when the coach approached the academy, they said it “wouldn’t be ladylike,” so he went no further.
Gretchen was a member of the Girls’ Athletic Association and served as president her senior year. As a member of the Student Activity Council, Gretchen was one of two students chosen to serve on the Athletic Council her senior year. Gretchen was voted “Most Athletic” in her senior year.
Al Sumner ’59
Al was a three-sport star at Gould, playing football, basketball, and baseball all four years, serving as captain of the football team in his senior season. His athleticism was on display every season and it was said that people didn’t go to Gould to watch a football game or a baseball game, but they went to watch Al Sumner play.
On the football field, Al was the multi-option back who could lead the team to score in a variety of ways. In his senior year he could be found plunging in for the score from short yardage in a couple of games, completing 5 out of 6 passes in another game, and then throwing a 52-yard scoring pass in the final game of the season.
Although the basketball team did not attain the success of either the football or baseball team, winning only a few games over Al’s last two years, he was an important member of the team playing hard in every game regardless of the outcome.
On the baseball field, Al became the go-to pitcher over his last two years. After winning the Western Maine Conference Championship in 1958, the team was looking to duplicate the feat in 1959. The championship came down to the last game of the season between South Paris and Gould with Al on the mound. Gould was ahead going into the last inning, but South Paris scored two runs to pull within one leaving the final score 8-7. Al was on the mound with the tying run on third and two outs when he struck out the next batter to end the game and allow Gould to retain the Championship.
John Wight, Coach 1979 – 2001
John Wight came to Gould in 1979. His first coaching opportunity came when he joined Paul McGuire to coach Nordic skiing that winter.
John would become a mainstay of the program coaching the ski jumpers from then until he stopped coaching in 2001. Ski jumping in the 1980s and 1990s saw changes and challenges as fewer opportunities for jumpers were available nationwide. However, John coached many excellent athletes including individual champions, All-New England athletes, and Junior Olympic competitors. He also coached Shelly MacQuinn, a Gould student who competed in the first ever International Women’s Ski Jumping Championship in Rumford and who was the only female from Maine competing.
John was instrumental in rebuilding the jumping hill at Swans Corner. He rebuilt the tower for bar starts and put lights on the hill allowing for better, longer and more consistent training. These changes all paid off, as Bill Clough wanted Gould in the New England Prep School Ski Championships. The hard work paid off as Gould won a number of NEPSAC championships in the late ’90s. During this time John even put his jumping skis back on, and he and Paul McGuire showed the boys how it was done!
In the fall of 1980 John joined Charlie Newell coaching the boys’ soccer team. John and Charlie stayed together for a few years before John took over as head coach. His soccer teams had good years and rebuilding years and were MAISAD champions in 1988 and 1990. After all his head coaching experience with the boys, he even helped Lauren Head with the girls’ soccer team for a few years.
John’s third coaching responsibility was Road Cycling, which he did for a number of years. Once again he led a group of boys and girls around the roads of New England. He coached individual champions as well as leading the team to a New England championship.