Kurt Simard Named Director of On Snow Programs
On Snow Search Ends with Kurt Simard
Bethel, Maine (March 22, 2016) — Gould Academy announced recently the promotion of Kurt Simard P’16 to Director of On Snow Programs.
Simard has served as the school’s Alpine Program Director and Head Alpine Coach since 2007. In August Simard took on the additional role of interim Director of On Snow Programs after the search for a new director was announced.
“Kurt’s breadth of experience as a competitor, coach, and leader is exactly who we want championing our On Snow Programs,” says Matt Ruby, Head of School for Gould Academy.
Effective immediately, Simard will oversee and develop all competitive and noncompetitive on-snow programming for Gould Academy, including:
- the Gould Academy Competition Program (GACP) — a full-time and weekend-only partnership program between Gould and Sunday River that supports high-level alpine, Nordic, snowboarding and freeride/freestyle athletes looking to compete throughout the United States (full-time) and regionally (weekend-only);
- the Gould Academy Prep Alpine, Prep Snowboarding, and Prep Nordic teams whose full-time student-athletes compete throughout the state of Maine and New England;
- a host of noncompetitive programming for full-time students that includes the Rugrats instruction program, the Maine Adaptive instruction program, a learn to ski and snowboard program, and the only nationally recognized high school ski patrol program in the country;
- and the Winter Term program for seventh- and eighth-grade students whose students compete at their highest levels in alpine, Nordic, snowboarding and freeride/freestyle from November through March.
Gould Academy began the search for a Director of On Snow Programs by enlisting the help of a search committee whose members included noted alumni, leaders within the ski industry and Gould Academy Competition Program, as well a school trustee and parents. Candidates from all over the United States applied.
In addition to reporting to the Head of School for Gould Academy, Simard will also report to the VP of Skiers Services for Sunday River for all matters pertaining to the GACP weekend-only program.