Alpine

The Alpine Program is comprehensive, with a highly qualified full-time coaching team that allows athletes to compete in a variety of schedules ranging from local state USSA races to international FIS events. Alpine skiers are members of the United States Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) and compete at the U18, U16, and U14 levels.

Our Alpine Program prepares student-athletes to compete at the highest levels in each age group. We strike a balance of technical skills between free skiing and gate training at Sunday River Resort, while offering the best opportunity for student-athletes to reach their potential.

Check out a video of GS training on Monday Mourning at Sunday River:

We offer three off-season, on-snow training camps to focus on skill retention, keeping the time between “snow touches” no more than eight weeks:

  1. France 2 weeks (mid-June)
  2. Chile/Argentina (early August)
  3. Europe (mid-October)

U19 Men’s Team Roster

Alexander Baribeau
Drew Curtis
Josh Galluzzo
Brodie Goclowski
Zachary Hamadeh
Max Hessinger
Eddie Kaftan
Julian Newquist
Maxx Parys
Mitchell Sampson
William (Parker) Seeley
Nick Szuba

U19 Women’s Team Roster

Ella Blair
Annie Cerminaro
Katherine Dade
Annabelle Darby
Maia Garfield
Caraline Gray
Madison Lieblein
Anna Clare Miller
Taylor Mull
Alexis Ordway
Sophie Sczurko

U16 Men’s Team Roster

Justin Colby
Kyle Rivard
Philip Kaftan
Burke Macleay
Chris Pyle

U16 Women’s Team Roster

Jenna Burnett
Olivia Cordeiro
Alexa Daigle
Celeste Fisher
Annabelle Forsley
Phoebe Garfield
Kalena Medeiros
Cassie Pyle
Kayla Hosmer
Hanna Herrmann
Keiko Yuasa
Greta Goetz
Emma Sullivan
Allison Waugh
Haley Hessinger
Catie Caggiano
Lindsey Kean
Lillie King

U14 Men’s Team Roster

Ben Beckerman
Ethan Bouchard
Luke Goff
Tim Teguis
Baylen Williams

U14 Women’s Team Roster

Seti Capeli
Sophie Hausladen
Issabelle Long
Keara Medeiros
Lyman Ordway
Sophie Weil
Lily Winch

Alpine Coaching Staff

Kurt Simard

Gould Academy Competition Program
Director of On-Snow Programs
B.S. University of New Hampshire

Bio

Coach Simard brings a versatile coaching perspective to Gould, having worked with gifted athletes of all ages, from the junior development level to Division I collegiate level to placement on the U.S. Ski Team. During his eight-year tenure as Head Coach for the University of New Hampshire’s Division I Women’s Alpine Team, he coached the Wildcat Women to an NCAA National Giant Slalom Championship in 2006 and the entire Alpine Team to a second-place overall finish that same year. His athletes also attained an impressive 19 All-American Award honors as well as placements to the U.S. Ski Team.

Originally hailing from Auburn, Maine Coach Simard grew up ski racing. He participating in the U.S. Ski Team’s Development Program, graduated from Green Mountain Valley School in Vermont, and captained the University of New Hampshire’s Division I Men’s Alpine Team. After college he began his coaching career at Sunday River with Gould Academy.  A testament to the relationships that he is known for establishing with his athletes, Coach Simard has had the unique experience of coaching several athletes at Gould and then as collegiate athletes at University of New Hampshire. Several of his former athletes have since come to Gould and coached under his leadership. Noted for his enthusiastic love of athletics and ability to lead, his accomplishments have been recognized by his peers as he has been twice named the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) Coach of the Year (2005 and 2006). In 2007, Coach Simard’s return to Gould was both a homecoming and milestone. He met his wife, Lauren, at Sunday River, and together they have three daughters: Madeline ’16, Cameron, and Sophie.

Rogan Connell

Gould Academy Competition Program
Alpine Director/Head Women’s FIS Coach
B.A. University of New Hampshire

Bio

Coach Connell joined Gould after spending 15 years as head coach of the Division I Alpine Team at Bates College. He was named the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association Co-Coach of the Year in 2005 and 2013 and helped bring the 2009 NCAA Skiing Championships to Bates’ home mountain, Sunday River. While at Bates, Coach Connell had 17 of his athletes qualify for NCAAs a total of 34 times, some of whom were Gould alumni. He serves on the Eastern Alpine Development Committee and is chair of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Alpine Rules Working Group.

Prior to his time at Bates, Coach Connell held positions as the Director of Skiing and Head Alpine Coach at Saint Michael’s College; the Assistant Head Coach of Alpine Skiing at Ford Sayre Academy; and various leadership roles within the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association and USSA. Connell graduated from the University of New Hampshire where he was a two-time letter winner for the Division I Alpine Team and secured top-10 team finishes for the Wildcats at the 1992 and 1993 NCAA Championships.

Parker Gray ’97

Gap Year Head Alpine Coach
US Ski Team Coach 2015 to 2018

Bio

Head Coach and Gould alumnus Parker Gray ’97 leads the postgraduate GAP Year Alpine Program. Gray is a native of Newry, Maine, and spent three years with the U.S. Men’s Olympic and World Cup teams, serving as an Assistant and Strength Coach.

While Head Coach at KMS, Gray was named Vermont Coach of the Year. As an athlete, Gray was a two-time Junior Olympic Downhill Champion, SG Champion, and overall winner. He is also a member of the Gould Athletic Hall of Fame (2018).

“I thoroughly enjoyed my time coaching the Men’s World Cup team. The experience of working with highly driven athletes and staff opened my eyes to the reality of what a highly motivated group can achieve. I hope to build on that experience at Gould and help our athletes achieve success.”  -Parker Gray ’97

 

Cathy Fisher

B.A. University of New Hampshire
U19 Alpine Ski Coach
Assistant Road Cycling Coach

Bio

Coach Fisher has been coaching and teaching skiing for more than 25 years. After graduating with a bachelors degree in psychology from the University of New Hampshire, she began her career at King Pine in New Hampshire, where she worked her way to PSIA Level 2 certification. From there she changed course to begin coaching J3 athletes at Attitash Mountain, where she stayed for 14 years and continued to use her teaching background to foster strong skills development in her young racers. At Gould, Coach Fisher works with U19 Alpine men and women. In the spring, she coaches the road cycling team. When off the hill, she enjoys running, mountain biking, road cycling, and sailing the coast of Maine on her vintage fiberglass sailboat. Coach Fisher lives just off campus in Bethel with her husband, Kurt, and daughter Madsie ’18.

Bruce Johnston

Gould Academy Competition Program
Alpine Coach
Boys’ Varsity Soccer Coach
B.A. University of Maine Farmington

Bio

A graduate of the University of Maine at Farmington’s Ski Industries Program, Coach Johnston has a minor in alpine coaching and more than 20 years of full-time coaching. His experience ranges from grassroots club programs to prep schools to ski academies, including Stratton Mountain School, Killington Mountain School, and Bromley Outing Club. His vast experience working with a multitude of programs and age groups allows him to create a strong team atmosphere among athletes, coaches, and teachers. Coach Johnston’s high-energy approach and fun personality are always present on and off of the hill, and his coaching knowledge and philosophy keep athletes motivated to strive for excellence. He lives off campus with his wife, Kimmie, and daughters Reid and Maisy. When not on the hill, he is mountain biking, playing guitar, or fishing for striped bass.

Tyler Snowe

On-Snow Admissions Coordinator
U-14 Coach
B.S. University of Southern Maine

Bio

A native of Auburn, Maine, and a former athlete in the Gould Academy weekend program, Coach Snowe has had a lifelong passion for ski racing. He began sharing his love for the sport as a coach in the GACP Weekend Program and has been an asset to our coaching staff for over a decade. He also helps guide aspiring snow sport athletes through the admissions process as part of the Admissions team. Coach Snowe graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a degree in Leadership and Organizational Studies, and his coaching approach is anchored by principles of team development, which resonates well with our athletes. Coach Snowe lives in Bethel with his wife, Courtney.  When he is not on the hill, he enjoys golfing and spending time on the water in Cundy’s Harbor, Maine.

Devon Brown

Gould Academy Competition Program
Women’s FIS Coach
Golf Coach
B.A. Bates College

Bio

Coach Brown is originally from Newry, Maine, and grew up skiing at Sunday River.  He attended Gould Academy, graduating in 2010. At Gould, he was a member of both the Alpine Competition Program and the lacrosse team, and graduated top 10 academically in his class. He went on to Bates College, where he was a 4-year member of the Alpine team and competed in two NCAA Eastern Regional Championships. Graduating from Bates with a degree in mathematics, he stayed with the Bates Alpine Team for two more years, as Coach Connell’s assistant. He coached the FIS Women’s team at Sugar Bowl Academy in Truckee, California, before returning to Gould.

Kaz Yamada

U-14 Winter Term Alpine Coach
U-16 Weekend Program Head Coach
B.A. New England College
M.A. University of New Hampshire

Bio

Coach Yamada began teaching and coaching in the Pat’s Peak Ski School in 1979. From there, he moved to several NH Ski Areas and moved to Sunday River in late ’90s. He started to coach with the Gould Competition Program’s weekend program in 2000 and coached all age groups. Coach Yamada is a former PSIA Level 3 certified and Eastern Dev Team member, USSA certified. He also coaches high school, college, and premier-level soccer and lacrosse while he is off snow.

Craig Niiler

Gould Academy Competition Program
Weekend Program Coordinator
U14 Alpine Coach

Bio

Coach Niiler began teaching and coaching in the Franconia Ski School at Cannon Mountain in 1982. From there he moved to King Pine ski area, where he stayed for 28 years as their Ski School Director, Terrain Parks Supervisor, and Race Team Head Coach. During this time the King Pine Race Team became known as “small but mighty,” producing numerous athletes who made post-season appearances at Eastern and Can-Am Championships, and even a National Championship event. Coach Niiler is PSIA Level 3 certified, USSA certified, and is a former member of the PSIA Eastern Development Team and Education Staff.

Deb Costello

Gould Academy Competition Program
On-Snow Program Manager
Winter Term Program Coordinator
B.A. University of Maine, Farmington

Bio

As the On Snow Program Manager, Ms. Costello provides the oversight that keeps the Gould Academy Competition Program (GACP) running smoothly throughout the winter. With her bird’s eye view of the program, she manages the daily operation for the full-time and weekend GACP. Also Gould’s Winter Term Program Coordinator, she is the liaison between Winter Term student’s sending school and Gould Faculty. Ms. Costello is a 1984 graduate of the University of Maine at Farmington and brings to Gould Academy 25 years of experience in managing various programs and departments for both Sugarloaf and Sunday River ski resorts. She lives in Bethel in the Winter Term Dorm and has two children: Meghan ‘11 and Wyatt ’12.