A premier program among New England boarding schools, Gould Academy’s Road Cycling Team was #1 NEPSAC team in 2012, 2013, and 2015 (placing #2 in 2014).
The team trains extensively in the offseason, often joining the Mountain Bike Team in the fall and Nordic Team in the winter, not to mention hours of spinning inside of the Farnsworth Field House. Once spring hits, riders are the first ones on their bikes. Practices often take riders in and around national and state parks. Students train in small groups to develop their riding and racing skills on outstanding flat and mountainous terrain.
The program also boasts a 1,000 square foot dedicated bike storage, repair and training facility on campus.
Gould Academy races against a strong field of schools, including Phillips Academy, Phillips Exeter Academy, Deerfield Academy, Holderness School, Proctor Academy, Burke Mountain School, and Kimball Union Academy.
Gould cyclists have gone on to race at top schools like Bates, Bowdoin, the University of Colorado at Boulder, Lees McRae, and the University of Vermont.
Road Cycling Coaches
Mr. Riley first imagined teaching after an inspiring experience in 11th grade English at The Noble & Greenough School. Graduating from Bates College, he then earned a M.B.A. from Northwestern University. Mr. Riley studied in Avignon and Paris, France for parts of both college and graduate school. His 30-year business career included over 20 years in the medical device industry, initially as a company owner and ending as the chief executive officer of a New Hampshire subsidiary of The Roche Group of Basel, Switzerland. He enjoys helping students learn the real-world benefits of learning to read and think well so they can write clearly and persuasively. Mr. Riley is an enthusiastic skier and cyclist, has climbed a variety of peaks in the French and Swiss Alps, and has enjoyed ski mountaineering trips including the Haute Route and the Shackleton Traverse across South Georgia Island. He served on Gould’s Board of Trustees from 2003-2010, chaired Gould’s 2006 Strategic Planning Committee, and delivered Gould’s commencement address in 2011. Two of his three children graduated from Gould.
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 Lathrop graduated from Gould in 2009. During his time as a student-athlete, he was captain of the Men’s Alpine Team, as well as the J2 Eastern Slalom and Overall Champion, a J2 National Competitor, a two-time Gould “Skier of The Year,” a recipient of the Gould Cup, and winner of the William P. Clough Award. After graduating from Gould, he attended Bates College, where he was a member of their Division I Alpine Team and continued to work with the Gould Academy Competition Program during weekends and holidays as a U16 Alpine Coach and U12 Elite Christmas Camp Coach. Today he coaches the U14 group and helps with strength and conditioning, as well as cycling in the off season. His extensive experience in high-level racing adds a multitude of characteristics that positively influence our program.
Coach Fisher has been coaching and teaching skiing for nearly 25 years. After graduating with a bachelors degree in psychology from the University of New Hampshire, she began her career at King Pine in New Hampshire, where she worked her way to PSIA Level 2 certification. From there she changed course to begin coaching J3 athletes at Attitash Mountain, where she stayed for 14 years and continued to use her teaching background to foster strong skills development in her young racers. Now at Gould Academy, Coach Fisher heads up the U19 Women’s Alpine Program, coaching both FIS and USSA student-athletes. When off the hill, she enjoys running, mountain biking, cycling, and sailing the coast of Maine on her vintage fiberglass sailboat. Coach Fisher lives just off campus in Bethel with her husband, Kurt, and daughter Madsie ’18.
Mr. Shifrin teaches mathematics at Gould and lives on campus with his wife, Ms. Sara Shifrin, Director of the IDEAS Center, their daughter, Mia ’19, and son, Eli. As the Director of the Ninth Grade Program, he has created and implemented a program that enables each ninth-grade student to transition to Gould life and become a valued member of the community. Each student is recognized by students and faculty for who he or she is and who they want to become. As an experienced mathematics educator, Mr. Shifrin developed his own algebra utilizing an online content presenter, Heymath, to create a course of study that allows each student to learn at a pace and level that best suits their ability and need. He has also developed a course on financial literacy for seniors called Mathematics of Finance that integrates the principles of personal finance and mathematics to help students evaluate and make informed financial decisions. Mr. Shifrin has a great interest in the outdoors and utilizing experiential educational opportunities to help students understand how an individual can grow and impact a group. Outside of the classroom, Mr. Shifrin is passionate about soccer, holding a National B License from the United States Soccer Federation, which he used to coach at an elite level within the Olympic Development Program in Maine and New England.
Aramy teaches chemistry and physics and coaches the road and mountain biking teams. He found his way to Gould in 2016 through a circuitous path. After earning his chemistry degree from Cornell University, he promptly spent the better portion of the following decade leading wilderness expeditions, working as a climbing guide, and chasing winter while migrating seasonally between Minnesota, Colorado, California, and Vermont. Later, he explored classroom teaching at a therapeutic school and a ski academy before finding a home at Gould. He loves the natural beauty of western Maine and appreciates the school’s emphasis on learning through experience. Outside of the classroom, you can find Aramy on the single-track trails around Bethel, volunteering with the Mt. Washington Ski Patrol in Tuckerman’s Ravine, or buried in a book.