Jeff Lathrop ’09: A Powerful Life Lesson Learned at Gould
Faculty Spotlight: Alpine Coach & Psychology Teacher Jeff Lathrop ’09
As an athlete, your worst fear is getting injured. When a student-athlete has the “athlete” section of their identity taken away, how do they respond? At Gould Academy, we pride ourselves on preparing our elite student-athletes – many with hopes of Division I or even professional careers – for more than just their sport. Just ask faculty member and ski coach Jeff Lathrop ’09.
“It was getting injured at Bates that forced me to take a step back from skiing and really became a tool for perspective; not only towards skiing, but life in general,” says Lathrop. “I’m confident that the experiences and education I had at Gould were an important factor in making sure I could still be a productive member of the Bates community after my injury.”
Now, having returned to Gould after graduating from Bates in 2013, Lathrop gets a chance to work with student athletes like himself both on the hill and in the classroom — this past spring he began teaching a psychology class.
“I really enjoy working with kids who are not only dedicated athletes, but also use their intelligence and skills from the classroom to help themselves on the hill,” Lathrop says. “If Gould has taught me anything, it’s that [academic and athletic success] are closely linked. To be successful in either, it takes a strong work ethic and problem solving skills.”
In the class and on the hill, we are proud to have Jeff Lathrop as a coach, a faculty member, and an alumnus.
Learn a little more about Coach Lathrop in this week’s Q & A:
Name: Jeff Lathrop
High School: Gould Academy
College/Grad School: Bates College
Proudest Achievement: Using skiing as a means to be accepted at a college that was an academic reach.
Last book I read: Four Past Midnight by Stephen King
Movie I would recommend: Crash (2004)
Favorite food: Lobster
Best advice I ever received: All that matters is the happiness of those you love.
To share my experiences and expertise with motivated young people in hopes of having them develop into their best selves.
What’s the last thing you crossed off your bucket list?
Being able to use my degree in everyday life