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.
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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.
Coach Kimble has been Freestyle/Freeride skiing at Sunday River since the age of 6. After attending the University of Southern Maine, where he earned his athletic coaching certification, his passion for skiing led him to Lake Tahoe, CA, where he skied for the Atomic Freeride Team. He 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. He has chaired the USSA Eastern Freeskiing Division since 2010. 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.
Dr. Clarke has been teaching and coaching at Gould for over twenty years. Over the years he has taught many courses including AP Comparative Government, AP US History, Eastern Philosophy, Psychology, and Dylan and American Culture. In his time at Gould, he has coached a variety of sports including baseball, basketball, softball, cross country, mountain biking, road cycling, and Nordic skiing.
In Dr. Clarke’s spare time he enjoys climbing mountains with his corgis, listening to music, collecting vinyl, and doing crossword puzzles. He likes long walks on the beach and has a soft side for the Carpenters, especially “Rainy Days and Mondays.” He lives in Bethel with his wife Beth, the principal of Agnes Gray Elementary School in West Paris. They have four children, Jeb ’12, Aiden ’15, Caleb ’16, and Liv ’19, who continue to amaze and inspire them.
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 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.