Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame Inductee: Robert A. “Bob” Gould

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Robert A. “Bob” Gould
Robert A. “Bob” Gould

Robert A. Gould was born October 27, 1954 in Jamestown, NY. He graduated from Maple Grove Central School in 1973, earned a Bachelor’s Degree from SUNY Brockport in 1978 and a Master’s Degree from SUNY Buffalo in 1983.

Bob lettered in football, basketball and baseball at Maple Grove and played rugby at Brockport.

Since 1979 Goold has coached a variety of sports over many different levels, including Frewsburg and Maple Grove Central Schools. He has coached volleyball, tennis, football, baseball, basketball and track and field. His track teams have won multiple division titles and he has been the Post-Journal Track and Field Coach of the Year three times.

He served as the Athletic Director at Frewsburg Central for 20 years and founded the annual Chautauqua Cattaraugus Athletic Association Sportsmanship Symposium.

Goold has been involved in the Special Olympics program since 1973. He was the area coordinator and coach for the Chautauqua Lakers Special Olympics from 1987-2010. He has coached USA Specials Olympic teams at four Special Olympics World Games and served as a staging director at the 2015 World Games in Los Angeles.

He founded the Bemus Point 3 v 3 Basketball Tournament in 1987 as well as Esparanza Deportiva (Sports Hope) an organization that collects used sports equipment for impoverished children in Honduras in 2009.

Among his many accolades are 1989 New York State Special Olympics Coach of the Year, 1990 National Coach of the Year, and 2012 Section 6 Sportsmanship Award.

Goold, a retired educator, resides in Bemus Point where he is a volunteer fireman and EMT.