Bethel and the surrounding Western Mountains of Maine are a haven for Nordic skiers, and Gould Academy has a long, rich history of developing Nordic skiers by focusing on the long-term goals of the student-athlete through technique work and year-round training.

On-campus Gould boasts a 40-kilometer trail system at Pine Hill, our race venue, with access to an additional 500 kilometers of some of the best skiing in the east just an hour away! Direct access to groomed terrain is quite literally on our doorsteps, and our students and coaches make the most of it with practices five days a week.

Year-round training is tailored to the individual. Other endurance sports opportunities in the offseason include cross-country running, road cycling, or mountain biking, which can be supplemented with other physical conditioning like roller skiing and strength training at our Farnsworth Field House weight room, with the help of a coach/athletic trainer’s expertise.

Nordic skiers compete within NEPSAC, with regional competitions against other boarding and high schools, and have access to national-level events.

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Nordic Roster
Student Name
Class Year
Bean, Utah2021Bethel, ME
Edwards, Poppy2022Yarmouth, ME
Goodbody, Marcus2022Falmouth, ME
Greenberg, Dylan2021Bethel, ME
Grohman, Hannah2024Biddeford, ME
Livingood, Nathan2022Bethel, ME
Raymond, Nolan2023Bethel, ME
Raymond, Ella2021Bethel, ME
Shifrin, Eli2023Bethel, ME
Skillings, Elizabeth (Eliza)2021North Yarmouth, ME
Thielbar, Wyatt2021Bethel, ME
Welch, Parker2024Berlin, NH

Competition Program - Nordic Coaches

Coach Ben Kamilewicz Benjamin D. Kamilewicz

Humanities Teacher and Associate Registrar
Head Nordic Coach

M.S., College of St. Scholastica
B.A., Williams College


A double major in English and history at Williams College, Mr. Kamilewicz taught and coached at Hebron Academy and at Burke Mountain Academy before joining the military and skiing for the National Guard Biathlon Team and USBA (Europa Cup). He was deployed to Iraq in 2005-2006. He received the Army Commendation Medal with Valor; Army Commendation Medal; Army Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal, Iraq; Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon; Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M Device; and a Combat Infantryman Badge.

He went on to earn a master’s in education and returned to Gould for three years to teach both English and history. He went on to teach at Caribou High School and to work for Maine Winter Sports as a youth biathlon coach. For the past few years, he has worked for L.L.Bean and Wayfair. 

He and wife Sarah have skied and raced all over the world, from Lillehammer, Norway, and Toblach, Italy, to Portillo, Chile, and bariloche in Argentina – but they always have loved the mountains of western Maines. He is excited to be back and can’t wait to share the outdoor lifestyle and adventures with their son, Tim, and with Gould students


Jacob Volz

Science and Math Teacher

B.A., Middlebury College


Mr. Volz skied on the Middlebury Nordic team and has coached a variety of age groups for nordic skiing in different capacities. Much of the past few years he has spent traveling and doing anything outdoors, including three months in Norway working on an organic farm and running in the mountains. 

He grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, and has taken education and physics classes from the University of Maine over the past couple years. He loves climbing, hiking, skiing, running, playing soccer, and Frisbee. “I love getting lost in the mountains,” he says, “and the mountains around Gould were one of the big draws for me.” He also loves learning how things work and about how to model and understand the world around us with math and logic.