Gould student-athletes turn their attention to spring sports long before the snow begins to melt and the grass begins to reappear. In fact, it’s not uncommon to find groups of friends in the Farnsworth Field House playing catch, in the batting cage, spinning, shooting on goal, or in one of the two indoor skateparks.
Once spring has sprung, those athletes are the first ones back on the Lacrosse turf, baseball and softball diamonds, roads of Western Maine, at the outdoor skatepark– back on their metaphorical – and in some cases literal – horse.
Dean of Athletics and Co-Curricular Activities
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.