The Gould Academy Girls’ Basketball program welcomes young athletes who will be with the program for several years while they develop their skills within our supportive and competitive program. The goal of the program is to compete for the NEPSAC championship in our class, while developing players who wish to compete at the college level. To achieve that goal, the team recently moved from the Maine Principals’ Association (MPA) League to the NEPSAC Class D League.
Head coach Todd Siekman has more than 20 years of coaching boys’ and girls’ basketball, from youth leagues to high school varsity programs. Assistant coach Caroline Murphy has coached basketball since she graduated from college and has worked with players of all levels.
In the off seasons, the coaches work with athletes outside of the regular athletic hours, to help them refine their skills, such as shooting and ball-handling. In season, the focus is more on team play. Coaches help their athletes play as a team on both sides of the ball. Focus is given to understanding and recognition of various offenses and defenses. The team works on unity and communication and on developing their sense of the court. Players are supported as they are pushed to develop and work to their own abilities.
Girls’ Basketball Coaches
Mr. Siekman began his teaching career at Cushing Academy and came to Gould in 1998. He has taught for more than 30 years, including chemistry, biology, physics, and marine science at Gould. He is a nearly lifelong coach and has coached basketball for girls and boys for over 20 years. He leads the Fall Outing Club and is the head girls’ basketball coach. Mr. Siekman and his wife, Kara, live on campus and have three children, Gould classes of ’07, ’09, ’22. In his spare time, he is a licensed boat captain, SCUBA diver, avid sailor, and long-distance swimmer, who keeps busy building a second home in Islesboro, Maine.
Ms. Murphy, a native of Massachusetts, a faithful Wash-A-Shore to Chatham, MA, has morphed her love for the ocean into a passion for the outdoors that has taken her across the American West and back to the East, making her home here in the White Mountains. An M.E.d student at Northeastern University, she teaches 9th Grade World Literature, 10th Grade European Literature, and 12th Grade electives. She is an avid outdoorswoman and has guided trips for Gould and served as a co-Leader on the Junior Four Point winter camping experience. When not in the classroom or dorm, she can be found exploring the beauty of Western Maine on skis, her bike, or one of the areas many rivers. She loves showing Gould students the amazing wild and natural environments right outside Gould’s doors and on campus just as much as she loves showing students the power of language and prose. She calls herself the “best reader on the mountain.”