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
Dr. Tara Whiton holds her PhD 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. Reagan worked at Hebron Academy last year and treated many Gould student-athletes there at games as well as here for a short stint in the winter, when she helped cover during Tim Andrew’s absence. Her interest for athletic training developed when she attended Medway High School, playing soccer and tennis. She ski raced at Mount Snow in Vermont, where her family has skied for years. She will live in Gehring with her goldendoodle, Oakley.