PASADENA (Apr. 8, 2019) – The Caltech Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation has named Ellery Gould the second head coach in the history of the women's soccer program.
"I couldn't be more pleased that Ellery will be our next head coach for women's soccer," Betsy Mitchell, Director of APER, said. "She is a dynamic, student-focused educator and excellent communicator who has a great technical soccer resume and not only understands, but embraces the Division III model. We are well positioned with her new leadership and a great incoming freshman class to continue the incredible positive momentum of our young soccer program in just its third year. We want and expect to be competitive within the very tough SCIAC in the near term."
Gould, a 2012 graduate of Bowdoin College and member of both the women's soccer and women's basketball teams, rejoined her alma mater prior to the 2014 season as an assistant coach for women's soccer. Gould spent the next five seasons with the Polar Bears, eventually being promoted to Associate Head Coach and named a "Rising Star" in women's soccer coaching by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America in 2015. She is also the school's most prolific offensive player of all time, holding all-time marks in goals and points while being the only soccer player in Bowdoin history - men's or women's - to surpass the 100 career-point milestone.
Gould now will look to bring her attacking mindset to Pasadena. Caltech women's soccer will be searching for its first-ever SCIAC win later this year in just its third year of existence.
"I am excited and honored to be named the head women's soccer coach at Caltech," Gould said. "I am really thrilled to become a part of the Caltech community. After meeting the team and being on campus, it became very clear to me they are highly motivated student athletes who are committed and determined to build on the positive momentum of the program. I can't wait to work with them."
In addition to spending time at Bowdoin as a coach, Gould also served as an assistant coach in the Bowdoin strength and conditioning program. Gould has her Level 1 certification from USA Weightlifting, and in her expanded role, worked with 10 varsity sports on fitness testing throughout the spring season and introduced a new workout app to help improve the program.
Gould graduated from Bowdoin with a double-major in Environmental Studies and Spanish, then played professionally in Sweden with Ragsveds IF in the Norrettan Division I league before relocating to Nicaragua for Soccer Without Borders, a non-profit organization providing opportunities for young girls to play soccer and learn important life skills. Most recently, Gould competed for Durham (U.K.) University while pursuing her Master's of Education, leading the team to a league championship. The Massachusetts native has also coached camps between her alma mater and Boston College.
"I was intrigued by this being one of the top universities in the country and this being a fairly new program," Gould said. "Through my experiences I've learned a lot about what it means to be a Division III student athlete as a player and as a coach. I want to bring a competitive mindset to soccer field and also be vocal about the commitment required to excel on both the field and in the classroom, and with that continue to create a sense of family with the Caltech Beavers."