One of the oldest girls’ lacrosse programs in the state, Gould’s Girls’ Lacrosse Team boasts a longstanding tradition of fielding strong teams and players.
Practice often starts long before the snow begins to melt and takes place inside the Farnsworth Field House. Their team players utilize the wide open space for scrimmages and have access to several training rooms, a weight room, and an on-staff Athletic Trainer. Once the snow melts, the team takes to the Schroy Field Turf, with beautiful views of the surrounding campus and mountains.
The Girls Lacrosse Program competes against teams from the Maine Association of Independent Schools Athletic Directors (MAISAD), New England Prep School Athletic Council (NEPSAC), along with some of the best public high school programs in the state. Select students have gone on to play on the Maine Girls’ Lacrosse Team at The National Tournament.
Girls’ Lacrosse Coach
Mrs. Whittington has more than 35 years of experience teaching mathematics in independent schools, almost 20 of them as Dean of Students. She embraces the values of the seven-day boarding school and brings those values into the classroom and dormitories and onto the playing fields. As the Director of International Student Programs, she works to strengthen and expand Gould’s global community. She works with the faculty to support the international students during their transition into the community and throughout their Gould experience. Ms. Whittington has coached field hockey and lacrosse during the course of her career at the Nichols School, Westminster School, Vermont Academy, Yale University, and Harvard University. As an experienced athlete (former U.S. National Team field hockey player), she enjoys coaching and sharing her passion for both sports. “Ms. Whit” and her husband, Mr. Tom Whittington, Dean of Academics, enjoy traveling on their own and with the 9th grade Four Point Program. Two of her favorite pastimes are bread baking and biking!
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.