The Gould Field Hockey Team competes within the Maine Association of Independent Athletic Directors (MAISAD) league, as well as against a number of other prep schools and high schools throughout Maine and New Hampshire.
Team Members train on their skills development and defensive and offense plays, using the Schroy Turf Field. Twice a week, players work on conditioning, either by lifting weights in the Farnsworth Field House weight room or by running on our on-campus Pine Hill cross country trail system.
Those team members who hope to train and play both in the off-season and later in college, work closely with coaches, our Athletic Director, and College Counseling, to put together a plan.
VARSITY Field Hockey SCHEDULE
Friday 9/14 – Scrimmage – Telstar @ Gould @ 345pm
Weds 9/19 @ Hebron @ 230pm
Weds 10/3 Kent’s Hill @ Gould @ 230
Weds 10/10 @ Kent’s Hill @ 3pm
Friday 10/12 Hebron @ Gould @ 5PM
MAISADS – TBD
Mrs. Whittington has more than 35 years of experience teaching mathematics in independent schools, almost 20 of them as Dean of Students. She embraces the values of the seven-day boarding school and brings those values into the classroom and dormitories and onto the playing fields. As the Director of International Student Programs, she works to strengthen and expand Gould’s global community. She works with the faculty to support the international students during their transition into the community and throughout their Gould experience. Ms. Whittington has coached field hockey and lacrosse during the course of her career at the Nichols School, Westminster School, Vermont Academy, Yale University, and Harvard University. As an experienced athlete (former U.S. National Team field hockey player), she enjoys coaching and sharing her passion for both sports. “Ms. Whit” and her husband, Mr. Tom Whittington, Dean of Academics, enjoy traveling on their own and with the 9th grade Four Point Program. Two of her favorite pastimes are bread baking and biking!
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. Wilkerson has taught at Gould since 2002. Prior to Gould, she led wilderness expeditions for adolescents and adults with Outward Bound in Maine, Canada, and Minnesota. She also traveled extensively throughout the Spanish speaking world, teaching Spanish to high school and middle school students. In addition to teaching Spanish at Gould, Ms. Wilkerson can often be found at school barn where she directs Gould’s Farm and Forest Program and directs the school’s Veterinary Science Summer Camp. A lifelong animal lover and a committed equestrian, she has a passion for teaching traditional skills and including the use of draft horses and forestry management. Ms. Wilkerson serves as Gould’s Environmental Sustainability Coordinator and mentors the student club, Gould Goes Green. Ms. Wilkerson and her husband, Mr. Pete Hedden, Dean of Community Life, and their two children live in the home they built just off campus.