Harkins Named Athletic Director

April 26, 2020

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Bob Harkins P’14,’16 as athletic director for the 2020-2021 school year. He previously worked at Gould as athletic director in the late ’70s and again from 2011 to 2016 as Winter Term director.

“Things were considerably different during my initial years at Gould,” Harkins says. “Today’s program offerings are so much more comprehensive and inclusive. There is something for everyone. It is exciting to see young people endeavor in team sports, but also in a wide range of activities like road cycling, mountain biking, fly fishing, and the Outing Club that take advantage of the local environment and promote a love of the outdoors.”

Harkins is a Maine Ski Hall of Fame inductee and former U.S. Ski Team coach. He introduced a series of early-season alpine training camps that helped recruit many new athletes and families to campus each year. He grew the Winter Term program to more than 20 students, a program many of the school’s top On-Snow athletes start in.

Harkins with wife Sally P’14, ’16 and their sons Chase ’16 and Sawyer ’14 at Westpoint.

“What I hope to bring to Gould is a healthy perspective on the importance of the role of athletics in young people’s lives,” he says. “Competition in everyday life is a reality, and there is so much to be gained through participation in a variety of activities — experiences and skills that are foundational to one’s development. I have worked with athletes and coaches from the local level to the international level for close to 50 years, and I am super excited to become part of the community and work with Gould’s talented group of coaches and student-athletes.”

Harkins spent fifteen years as a VP at Sunday River Resort overseeing many departments including Competition and Events. He has most recently worked as Mt. Abram’s general manager since 2017.

Harkins, working with Environmental Science students on the Androscoggin River

“The thought of someday returning to Gould has been on my mind since I left,” says Harkins. “Having directly experienced the effect the school had on my two sons, and seeing the path that the two of them are on now, I am very thankful. Gould is simply a great place. I look forward to being part of the community again.”

The school is enormously grateful to Tara Whiton, who served as athletic director for the last two years and is now a professor of Community Health at the University of Maine Presque Isle.


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4 Responses

  1. Avatar David Thurston says:

    Great to see you back, Hark.

  2. Avatar John & Lynn DiBiase says:

    Bob will be an outstanding addition to Gould’s Leadership Team. Bob’s commitment to excellence, extensive experience and passion for youth participation in athletics will result in a successful athletic program at Gould Academy. Congratulations Bob!

  3. Avatar John & Lynne DiBiase says:

    Congrats Bob. Gould is fortunate to have you join their leadership team. The student athletes have gained a outstanding mentor.

  4. Avatar BJ & Patty Goclowski says:

    We are so happy to see Bob back at Gould! Bob played a pivotal role in making our decision to send both of our children to Gould and instilled some excellent life lessons in them as well. Words cannot describe our gratitude to Bob for all he has invested in the Gould community throughout the years. We are happy for Bob, Gould Academy, and the incoming students who will benefit from Bob’s presence on campus and on snow.

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