Boys’ Lacrosse

Gould Academy offers a highly competitive boys’ lacrosse program that prepares student-athletes for college-level play. Through a combination of strong recruiting, aggressive scheduling, knowledgeable coaching, and superb facilities, Gould Lacrosse is a premier program in Northern New England.

Boys’ lacrosse teams compete against teams from the Maine Association of Independent Schools Athletic Directors (MAISAD), New England Prep School Athletic Council (NEPSAC), and the Northern New England Lacrosse League (NNELL).

Gould players have been named as U.S. Lacrosse All-Americans and have gone on to play college lacrosse at schools such as Stevenson University, Salisbury University, Bellarmine University, St. Michael’s College, Bishop’s University, Tufts University, and much more high-level academic and athletic universities and colleges.

Boys’ Lacrosse Coaches

Coach Ben Kamilewicz Benjamin D. Kamilewicz

Humanities Teacher and Associate Registrar
Head Nordic Coach

M.S., College of St. Scholastica
B.A., Williams College

Bio

A double major in English and history at Williams College, Mr. Kamilewicz taught and coached at Hebron Academy and at Burke Mountain Academy before joining the military and skiing for the National Guard Biathlon Team and USBA (Europa Cup). He was deployed to Iraq in 2005-2006. He received the Army Commendation Medal with Valor; Army Commendation Medal; Army Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal, Iraq; Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon; Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M Device; and a Combat Infantryman Badge.

He went on to earn a master’s in education and returned to Gould for three years to teach both English and history. He went on to teach at Caribou High School and to work for Maine Winter Sports as a youth biathlon coach. For the past few years, he has worked for L.L.Bean and Wayfair. 

He and wife Sarah have skied and raced all over the world, from Lillehammer, Norway, and Toblach, Italy, to Portillo, Chile, and bariloche in Argentina – but they always have loved the mountains of western Maines. He is excited to be back and can’t wait to share the outdoor lifestyle and adventures with their son, Tim, and with Gould students

 

Dave Willis

B.A., Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Assistant Head of School for Finances

Bio

An experienced senior manager, Dave has worked in education, manufacturing, technology, advertising, retail, and travel. He has developed expertise in financial operations, business operations, project management, strategy, branding, marketing and sales, customer service, and retention.

Dave and his family return to Bethel having lived here in the late 90s working for Sunday River and the American Skiing Company.   “My wife and family are thrilled to be moving back to a community we love,” Dave says, “to do the exact kind of job that I love.”
Dave most recently was the Assistant Head of School – COO/CFO for Killington Mountain School.  Among other accomplishments, he managed and improved partner relationships with Killington Resort, the Killington Ski Club, and the town of Killington. He also founded the lacrosse program at KMS and was the varsity lacrosse coach for Woodstock High School. An LC Mountain Lacrosse club founder, he is also a master coach with 3D Lacrosse, as well as a certified Level 1 firefighter.
Dave attended Deerfield Academy for four years and then went on to Hobart College.  He and his family live on campus and can’t wait to get involved in all aspects of school life.
Head of School Tao Smith ‘90 Tao Smith

Head of School

Bio

A graduate of the University of Vermont, where he majored in religion and minored in history, Tao was part of the Varsity Alpine Ski Team that was two-time Division I National Champion and twice runner-up. He also competed on the 1992 National Ultimate Frisbee Team and the UVM Road Cycling Team.

He returned to Gould to teach in the History, English and World Language departments from 1995 to 2001. He coached lacrosse, skiing, and cycling and was director of the Outing Club and founder of the Philosophy Club. While at Gould, Tao chaired the “Values” Committee of the 1999 NEASC Accreditation.

His colleagues speak highly of his ability to create solid teams and bring constituencies together. His empathy has helped him build trust with both students and faculty. Others spoke to his collaborative approach in nearly all areas and to the fact that people trust him.

Tao lives in Bethel with his wife, Dawn, and six children, Hannah, Ayden, Gaven, Addie, Tobé, and Lillian. He enjoys spending time with his family, cycling, fly fishing, skiing, and surfing, among other activities.