Athletics

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.

Overview

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.

Facilities

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

Bob Harkins

Athletic Director

B.A., University of Maine, Orono

Bio

Mr. Harkins returns to Gould, after serving as General Manager at Mt. Abram for the last three years. He is the former Winter Term Director at Gould from 2012 to 2016. He is the former Assistant Alpine Director, Director of Athlete Development, U.S. Ski Team, 1980-1988, USSA Level 5 Certified Coach. From 1988 to 2003 he was vice president of Resort Services at Sunday River Ski Resort. Bob was inducted into the Maine Ski Hall of Fame in 2010.

A Registered Maine Guide, he and wife Sally have a daughter, Abigail (4 grandchildren), and sons Sawyer ’14 and Chase ’16. Sawyer is a West Point grad serving in the U.S. Army at Fort Carson, CO. Chase is also at West Point. Bob has a passion for the outdoors — fly fishing, hiking with their retrievers Tripp & Murphy, skinning, and coaching.