The philosophy of the Gould Girls’ Soccer Program is simple: “Play Hard and Have Fun!” This mindset, when practiced by talented players under the leadership of knowledgeable coaches, has led to the development of excellent student-athletes who love the game.
The Gould Girls’ Soccer team is one of the most successful boarding school programs in New England. The past five years have marked a period of unprecedented success for Gould, with four MAISAD League Championships and three trips to the NEPSAC Girls’ Soccer Tournament.
Along with the team’s success, individual players have also excelled. 2016 Co-Captain, Hayli Poisson ‘17, was recognized with a National Soccer Coaches Association of America Senior Excellence Award. 2017 Co-Captains, Cassie Lieblein ‘18 and Milly Detels ‘18, were selected to play in the NEPSAC Class C/D Junior All-Star Game. Cassie was also recognized by the Boston Globe as a 2016 NEPSAC Soccer All-Star. In addition, Gould had four players (Hayli Poisson ‘17, Priscila Berdeja ‘17, Cassie Lieblein ‘18, and Taylor Mull ‘20) named to the MAISAD All-League Team.
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A graduate of the University of Maine at Farmington’s Ski Industries Program, Coach Johnston has a minor in alpine coaching and more than 20 years of full-time coaching. His experience ranges from grassroots club programs to prep schools to ski academies, including Stratton Mountain School, Killington Mountain School, and Bromley Outing Club. His vast experience working with a multitude of programs and age groups allows him to create a strong team atmosphere among athletes, coaches, and teachers. Coach Johnston’s high-energy approach and fun personality are always present on and off of the hill, and his coaching knowledge and philosophy keep athletes motivated to strive for excellence. He lives off campus with his wife, Kimmie, and daughters Reid and Maisy. When not on the hill, he is mountain biking, playing guitar, or fishing for striped bass.
A New Hampshire native and Nordic skier, Ms. Barstow previously taught history at Portsmouth High School and was a Special Education teacher in Durham, New Hampshire. She loves reading and spending time with her husband, Chris, a timber framer, their son, Lucas, and their daughter, Rosie. The Barstows live in Bethel, just off-campus.