Nordic

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 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 also available and 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.

Team Roster 2016-17

Ben Alford
Livi Clarke
Duncan Forbes
Emily Halporn
Stephanie Nicols
Mia Shiffrin
Sam Weafer
Marcus Wentworth
Laura Wilson
Chaia Alford
Lilo Bean
Izzy Chase
Luke Liu
Lily Weafer
Maddie Williams

Competition Program - Nordic Coaches

Tim Whiton

Gould Academy Competition Program
Nordic Program Director
B.A. Bates College

Bio
Tim Whiton brings to Gould Academy’s Nordic team a wealth of experience working with athletes at all levels of the sport. Tim has coached NCAA Division I programs at Montana State University, Bowdoin College, and the University of Maine at Presque Isle as well as privately worked with professional athletes skiing independently or with clubs such as Bridger Ski Foundation and Auburn Ski Club. Tim has been fortunate to work with six NCAA All-Americans, one NCAA individual champion, dozens of NCAA and Junior Nationals competitors, several US Nationals and Super Tour podium finishers, and two athletes who skied at the 2018 Olympics. Tim also formerly coached Gould’s Nordic team from 2011-2012 and is looking forward to bringing his knowledge back to Gould to help skiers of all abilities reach their goals, have fun, and experience the unique cultures and places of Nordic skiing.

 

Tim is a 2005 Gould graduate and raced at Bates College and semi-professionally post-college. He is a passionate believer in helping young people understand and trust the process of development and wants to see his former athletes being successful and enjoying their athletic lives far beyond their time at Gould. Success at this comes from blending life, academics, and athletics together and bringing a young person’s other interests on to the ski trails and skiing into other parts of their lives. Tim tries to epitomize this in his own life: he holds a Master’s degree in history and philosophy from Montana State University and is doing Ph.D. studies through the University of Maine on the history of defunct ski mountains in New England and eastern Canada. While he lives and breathes skinny-ski skiing, Tim also loves most other endurance sports, especially ones involving time in the mountains with his wife Tara.
Dr. Brad Clarke

Associate Dean of Academics
History Department Chair
B.A. University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Ph.D. Brandeis University
Cross Country Running Coach
Nordic Team Coach

Bio

Dr. Clarke has been teaching at Gould for over 15 years. Prior to Gould he was a visiting instructor at Mount Holyoke College, a teaching assistant at Brandeis University and Harvard University, and a research assistant at Harvard. At Gould, Dr. Clarke’s  many classes include AP Government and AP United States History. He loves trail running, Nordic skiing, playing baseball, his record collection, house painting, the Bethel Outing Club (he is the former president), and coaching youth sports. The rest of the time is spent catching his breath. Dr. Clarke and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Bethel and have four children: Jeb ’12, Aiden ’15, Caleb ’16, and Livy ‘19.

Jeremy Nellis

Gould Academy Competition Program
Nordic Assistant
B.A. Alaska Pacific University
Mountain Biking Coach

Bio

As Gould Academy’s Head Nordic Coach and Director of Trails, Mr. Nellis has coached six athletes to qualify for Junior Nationals. Gould boys have won three straight NEPSAC Championships and the girls have won two. Once a student-athlete himself, Coach Nellis was a top-level competitor at Junior and Senior Nationals. His college career started at Saint Lawrence University and he finished racing for Alaska Pacific University. As a top junior racer he competed at Junior Nationals, Biathlon Nationals, and the FIS Spring Series; he also raced for the APU Nordic/Gold 2002 USSA Olympic Development Program. Coach Nellis has a passion for coaching skiing and has coached every age level from young athletes through the national-level. Coach Nellis lives in Bethel with his wife, Allie, son, Parker, and daughter, Elize.