Holland Named Head Women’s Alpine Coach
Gould Academy is pleased to announce that Micaela Holland is joining the school’s On Snow program as Head Women’s Alpine Coach for the 2020-2021 school year.
Holland has been head coach of the Division I Bobcat men’s and women’s alpine ski teams since 2016. In each season at the helm, Holland coached alpine skiers who qualified for the NCAA Championships, beginning in 2016-17 when two of her skiers represented Bates on the national stage. That year, the Bobcat alpine and Nordic skiing teams combined to finish 17th in the nation. The next year, Bates finished 18th as a team.
“During my many conversations with Micaela I was consistently impressed by her educator’s mindset and focus on the development of the whole athlete,” said Head of School Chris Gorycki. “I am delighted she is joining our coaching staff.”
A 2011 graduate from Bates, she had a stellar career with the Bobcats, competing in three NCAA National Collegiate Ski Championships. She served as team captain in her junior and senior years. She had four top-15 carnival finishes on the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association circuit and returned to the NCAAs, where she tied her best national finish of 18th in the slalom and had her best finish in the giant slalom at 20th. Holland’s performance helped lead Bates to an 11th-place finish at NCAAs, which remains the program’s best finish since 1999.
“Micaela’s compassion for athletes and drive to succeed are going to benefit both students and staff members,” says Parker Gray ’97. “She is the full package, and I am pumped to work with her!”
After graduating from Bates with a degree in sociology, Holland began work at Green Mountain Valley School as a U-16 ski racing coach as well as an admissions counselor and social studies teacher. She moved on to Clarkson, where she assistant coached the alpine team while pursuing a master’s degree in business administration. In Holland’s only year as head coach at Clarkson, she led the men’s team to a program-record first-place finish in the MacConnell Division of the Eastern Collegiate Ski Conference, while guiding the women’s team to fourth place in the division.
“I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to join the Gould family,” says Holland. “I have watched the alpine program grow and transform over the past few years. Gould’s commitment to excellence has positioned the school for greatness, and I am really looking forward to working with the talented group of coaches, faculty, and staff to help bring the ski program to new heights.
“We are grateful to Rogan Connell and all he has brought to Gould’s alpine program over the last four years,” adds Gorycki. “He was a key player in bringing Speed Works to the Comp Center, and he was fully committed to his athletes and worked tirelessly for them.”
Holland, who succeeded Connell at Bates as well, says that she is most looking forward to working with promising young athletes. “I have watched these students from afar over the last few years,” she says, “and I am delighted to become a part of their development, on and off the mountain.”