Training builds character and community. Through dedication, teamwork, and spirited competition our student-athletes achieve their best through playing and training for sports while also developing a balanced and healthy lifestyle. Coaches and peers are integral to this process and are there every step of the way. Our coaching philosophy at Gould is centered upon mentorship and experiential learning to help build healthy, strong, and passionate student-athletes.
From mountain biking and lacrosse, to soccer and skateboarding, to equestrian and ski patrol, we offer a very diverse selection of competitive sports so that each student may discover or continue to develop their passion.
We believe that learning through experience is not only valuable for our students, but an essential part of their journey while here, which is why we require all of our students to participate in a sport or activity each trimester.
Our resources both on and off campus are as rich as our programming.
The Farnsworth Field House is a multi-purpose complex that is home to Lombard Basketball Court, our fitness and weight-training center, an athletic training room, a trampoline room, an indoor skate park, two tennis courts, and a team-room.
Our weight-training center features Olympic lifting platforms and power racks to hold structured team strength training sessions. In addition, we have a knowledgeable staff of certified strength and conditioning coaches that lead team strength training sessions to ensure proper technique and development of strength and power for sport. In addition, we have a Certified Sport Nutritionist on staff to help athletes make healthy choices for a sharp and focused mind in the classroom as well as fueling optimally for practices and games.
Outdoors, we have four tennis courts, four full-sized athletic fields, an artificial turf field, a baseball and softball diamond, 40 kilometers of on-campus Nordic ski and mountain biking trails that also utilize our new Pine Hill Yurt, and an award-winning 18-hole golf course only a short walk away.
Our location in Bethel, Maine, which borders the White Mountain National Forest and the Mahoosuc Mountains, is also home to Sunday River Resort and our slopeside Paul Kailey Competition Center, as well as a host of other spectacular areas for rock climbing, hiking, running, and cycling.
And that’s the short list. Visit today to see our facilities firsthand.
Dean of Athletics
Tara Whiton holds a PhDc in Sport Performance and Physiology from the Center of Excellence for Sports Science and Coach Education at East Tennessee State University where she has done extensive research on the intricacies of athlete development and performance. She has worked with the best track and field, cross country, and Nordic skiing athletes around the country in both the NCAA and NAIA at schools such as King University, Milligan College, Montana State University, and Bowdoin College and has been successful at helping these athletes develop their talent through strength and nutrition training interventions. Tara is a passionate coach—both for athletes and fellow coaches—who loves helping everyone, regardless of talent, reach their full potential. She also holds a Master’s degree in exercise science and nutrition from Montana State University and completed her bachelors at the University of Southern Maine. Tara and her husband Tim Whiton ’05, a Nordic skiing coach, live in Bethel. When she is not in the weight room or roving the mountains of western Maine, Tara enjoys cooking, picking wildflowers, and reading non-fiction.
Ms. Reagan worked at Hebron Academy last year and treated many Gould student-athletes there at games as well as here for a short stint in the winter, when she helped cover during Tim Andrew’s absence. Her interest for athletic training developed when she attended Medway High School, playing soccer and tennis. She ski raced at Mount Snow in Vermont, where her family has skied for years. She will live in Gehring with her goldendoodle, Oakley.