The Gould Mountain Bike (MTB) program is highly developed and premier among boarding schools in New England. The experienced coaching, the depth of talented athletes and the overall size of our team have all contributed to the success in recent years. This co-educational team has earned the New England Prep School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) championship title for the past four years (2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013).
Gould MTB athletes have seen podium finishes at the U.S. Nationals, including a gold medal finish in 2017 Cat-3 XC, a fifth place in 2013 Cat-1 XC, and a second place in 2013 Cat-3 XC. Gould MTB racers have gone on to mountain bike for schools such as Lees-McRae College, University of Vermont, University of Colorado at Boulder, and Lewis and Clark College.
On campus, there are three different race-length singletrack courses and access to miles more riding nearby. Gould has a 1,000-square-foot building dedicated bike storage, repairs and indoor training as well as an enclosed 24-foot trailer for transporting bikes to races. Gould MTB enables athletes to progress skills, develop increased endurance and gain competitive strategies at all levels of racing. Team members have the ability to train year-round through other endurance sports such as Spring Road Cycling, and Winter Nordic and Alpine programs. The MTB program is also integrated into our Fall-term GACP training program to provide endurance and competitive components for on-snow specific athletes.
MTN Bike SCHEDULE
|First Name||Last Name||YOG||Hometown|
|Elise||Leary Forey||2018||Cape Elizabeth, ME|
|Keenan||Miller||2018||Dhahran, Saudi Arabia|
|Derrick||Peake||2018||Bryn Mawr, PA|
|Matt||Szuba||2018||East Kingston, NH|
|Nick||Szuba||2020||East Kingston, NH|
|Jake||Tamalunas||2021||Dhahran, Saudi Arabia|
|Louis||Zhang||2021||Hong Kong, China|
|Zach||Zionts||PG||Chapel Hills, NC|
In the sport of mountain biking, Ms. Casey has over 25 years of experience racing and coaching. A highlight of her personal racing career was at the 2013 USA Mountain Bike Nationals where she won gold in Cat-2 Cross-Country. Currently, she holds a Cat-3 professional coaching license with USA Cycling. Ms. Casey came to Gould Academy with 15 years of experience in the business world, both as the co-owner of a retail company for 10 years and manager of the sea kayak programs at the L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery School. With a B.A. in Natural Science and Secondary Education, she is a 10-year Registered Maine Guide (Sea Kayaking and Recreation) and a licensed Wilderness First Responder with Wilderness Medical Associates. At Gould, Ms. Casey inspires student-athletes to meet and exceed their individual goals through the development of physical stamina and mental poise.
Aramy teaches chemistry and physics and coaches the road and mountain biking teams. He found his way to Gould in 2016 through a circuitous path. After earning his chemistry degree from Cornell University, he promptly spent the better portion of the following decade leading wilderness expeditions, working as a climbing guide, and chasing winter while migrating seasonally between Minnesota, Colorado, California, and Vermont. Later, Aramy explored classroom teaching at a therapeutic school and a ski academy before finding a home at Gould. He loves the natural beauty of western Maine and appreciates the school’s emphasis on learning through experience. Outside of the classroom, you can find Aramy on the single-track trails around Bethel, volunteering with the Mt Washington Ski Patrol in Tuckerman Ravine, or buried in a book.
Coach Kimble has been Freestyle/Freeride skiing at Sunday River since the age of 6. After attending the University of Southern Maine, his passion for skiing led him to Lake Tahoe, Calif. where he skied for the Atomic Freeride Team. Coach Kimble moved back to Maine in 2003 to be closer to his family, friends, and home mountain, and has been coaching at Gould ever since. He has earned his ASEP, EMT, USASA Level II, USSA Level II Mogul, USSA Level III Aerials, and ISSA Strength and Conditioning and Youth Fitness certifications. When winter is over you can still find Coach Kimble working with freestyle/freeride athletes in Gould’s fitness and trampoline training facilities, at the Lake Placid or Quebec training complexes, or on the Mount Hood glacier, coaching summer freestyle ski training camps. Mr. Kimble resides in Newry with his wife, Carrie, their son, Caleb, and daughter, Ellyn.
As Gould Academy’s Head Nordic Coach and Director of Trails, Mr. Nellis has coached six athletes to qualify for Junior Nationals. Gould boys have won three straight NEPSAC Championships and the girls have won two. Once a student-athlete himself, Coach Nellis was a top-level competitor at Junior and Senior Nationals. His college career started at Saint Lawrence University and he finished racing for Alaska Pacific University. As a top junior racer he competed at Junior Nationals, Biathlon Nationals, and the FIS Spring Series; he also raced for the APU Nordic/Gold 2002 USSA Olympic Development Program. Coach Nellis has a passion for coaching skiing and has coached every age level from young athletes through the national-level. Coach Nellis lives in Bethel with his wife, Allie, son, Parker, and daughter, Elize.
Mr. Southam teaches General Biology, AP Biology, and AP Chemistry. His teaching career began in 1988 at The Gunnery School; he later taught at Phillips Exeter Academy. Since coming to Gould in 2002, he has been a student favorite. His mad scientist personality paired with his witty sense of humor create engaging labs and lectures. In 2013 he was chosen the Outstanding Biology Teacher in the state of Maine by the National Association of Biology Teachers.
Mr. Southam has served as a reader for the College Board AP exam in Biology since 1999, is an active member of the Bethel community who began been building a house in Bethel in 1990, was elected to the Bethel Board of Selectmen in 2012, is a member of the Mahoosuc Pathways board, an organization committed to the development of recreational trails in the Bethel area, and is treasurer of the Bethel Outing Club.
The Head Cycling Coach for the mountain bike team, he has a Category 2 license from USA cycling and personally placed third at USA Nationals for category 3 mountain biking in 2013. Mr. Southam lives off campus in the home he built with his wife, Sarah Southam, a Chemistry and Physics teacher at Telstar High School. They have two children: a daughter, Sam ’12, and son, Max ’16.