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Gould to coach Falcon girls' soccer
RUMFORD -- When the opportunity presented itself, Lynn Gould was eager to take a step forward and strongly believes she is well prepared for the challenge.
Gould accepted the role of girls' varsity soccer coach at Mountain Valley and it might seem like unchartered waters. However, Gould has certainly paid her dues. The River Valley native had been the JV coach for the past two seasons and prior to that had
been the middle school varsity coach for approximately 15 years. Those hands-on experiences will be an asset when she directs the Lady Falcons in the upcoming Mountain Valley Conference schedule.
''Stepping up to the high school level was something that I had always thought about doing,'' said Gould. ''And had been asked to do by players that I had coached, but never had the confidence to do so. When the opening in the JV level came up I took the leap and after getting my feet wet I decided to make the leap to varsity.''
Gould is very passionate about soccer and that appreciation was reinforced in June when she had the pleasure of traveling to Boston to watch the United States Woman's National Soccer team play South Korea.
Gould, an Ed Tech III in Special Education at the middle school, knows the girls which has made for a smoother transition this summer. Should they all return, the Falcons have a large returning group that includes 9-10 seniors.
"Being in the district makes things a lot smooter,'' said Gould, who is also the head track coach at MVMS. ''But what made the transition so smooth was having coached all of them beginning in their middle school years.''
Gould implemented a summer workout program for the girls to help get them ready for the season. She also looking to change formation on the field. Scott Underhill is the JV coach.
Gould's coaching philosophy is geared toward team play and that is directly related to soccer. It is an 11-person team and it is that 11-person team that is responsible for the teams success or failures.
''While winning is nice it is not everything and is not a true overall indicator of success,'' she said. ''I believe if an athlete makes gains athletically and personally that is the real success indicator. If an athlete/team can walk off the field satisfied that they have given that 100-plus percent than that is all I can ask for regardless of what the scoreboard says.''
Gould expanded on her philosophy that teaching the kids to have fun is also equally important, in lieu of taking thins to seriously. She believes fun and laughter allow us to let go of the little things.
Gould wasn't able play earlier in life because soccer came into high school after she had graduated. Still, her family was very active in soccer. Ray Broomhall (dad) was the first soccer coach at Mexico High School and the late William Scotty Whytock (grandfather) was a semi-pro soccer player in the Mexico/Rumford area, so soccer is in the blood