Parker Gray ’97 to Lead New Gap Year Alpine Program at Gould
Gould Academy recently announced the hiring of coach Parker Gray ’97 to lead a gap year alpine program for the Gould Academy Competition Program (GACP). Gray will also serve as Athlete Development Advisor for GACP. Gray comes to Gould from the United States Ski Team, where he served on the Men’s Alpine staff for three years, recently coaching in the 2018 Olympics. An alumnus of Gould and a Newry native, this is a return home for Gray.
“I am very pleased to have Coach Gray return and lead this new and exciting element of our alpine program,” says Kurt Simard, Director of On-Snow Programs for Gould Academy. “Parker brings excellence, expertise, and energy to our program. His contributions have already been felt.”
The Gap Year Alpine Program
The gap year alpine program is new to GACP for the 2018-19 season and is focused on college accepted high school graduates (male and female) with goals of earning spots on highly competitive college programs and/or the US Ski Team.
“I’m excited to come to Gould and bring the experience, knowledge, and perspective that I have gained in the past few years working with the best athletes in the world. Gould is an excellent school, the alpine program has great coaches to work with, and we have a tremendous partner in Sunday River.” – PARKER GRAY ’97
An active member of the on-snow community, Gray’s resume includes experience coaching all over the world. For the past four years, Gray has been a World Cup coach for the US Ski Team, working closely with some of the most successful athletes and at the highest level of the sport. In 2008, Gray was named Vermont Alpine Racing Association coach of the year, and he has extensive experience working with youth and high school age athletes. A 1997 graduate of Gould, Gray is a member of the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame, a two-time Junior Olympic Downhill Champion, and Overall Junior Olympic champion in Downhill and Super G.
“We’re thrilled to have Coach Gray return to the Gould Academy community, and are excited to see his influence on our athletes and the program,” added Gould Head of School Matt Ruby.
For more information on the Gap Year Alpine Program contact:
Director of On-Snow Programs