And the Athletes of the Month for September are…
Brenna Myles ’18 & Dylan Rivard ’20 Named Athletes of the Month for September 2016
Each month at Gould, coaches nominate outstanding members of their teams for Athlete of the Month recognition based on work ethic, leadership, and results in their discipline. Dean of Athletics Kristina Stevens and a committee of faculty evaluate the nominations and select a boy and girl student-athlete who are living out the mission of our school, and exhibiting passion and sportsmanship on the field, court, course, park or trail. Each recipient gets a unique Gould pullover and a months-worth of bragging rights.
We’re proud to announce that the Athletes of the Month for September 2016 are field hockey midfielder Brenna Myles ’18 and mountain biker Dylan Rivard ’20. Keep reading to hear thoughts from their coaches that were shared with the community at assembly on Wednesday morning.
Brenna Myles ’18 – Field Hockey
From Varsity Girls’ Field Hockey Coach Kelly Hood:
“I hesitate to put Brenna’s monthly stats at the beginning of this nomination. She is worth more to our team than any defined number. A defensive stalwart and offensive powerhouse, Brenna is a must-have on the field. As a center midfielder, her job is to do everything and more. Brenna handles this position with confidence, poise, and fierce competitive instincts. She gives more than what is asked of her in every second of every game. She is our go-to on attacking corners, terrifying the other team with the speed of her shot. She is our constant in the middle of the field, keeping control of the game in her own quiet but tenacious way.
Not only does Brenna play to the best of her ability in every game, she brings this level of intensity to every drill in practice. When I jump into drills to try and model skills for the entire team, Brenna makes me work harder, forcing me to become a better player and coach as a result.
Her persistent desire to control the ball is frustrating to play against—it’s this part of her game that makes her so great. Brenna is a quiet role model. She is the engine that keeps all of us going. We thank her for all of the time and energy she puts into bettering herself, her teammates, and her coaches.”
Dylan Rivard ’20 – Mountain Biking
From Mountain Biking Coach Katie Casey:
My entry for athlete of the month is Dylan Rivard for his determination every single day! That kid has worked so hard to get back to Gould Academy and back in the saddle of his mountain bike.
His race times are not why he’s nominated. It’s his true grit and passion for biking that make him athlete of the month. That kid is a fighter.