Track and Field
Track and field has enjoyed a special place at Bement for many decades. It is anchored in our ability to make use of the outstanding facilities at Deerfield Academy, and includes our cherished record board, which is dedicated to former Bement runner Amy O'Hare '87. Athletes love pushing themselves over the course of many seasons to see if they can get their names etched in brass. Whether they meet that lofty goal or not, they know that they will be challenged by a talented and passionate coaching staff to get better every day in whichever disciplines they choose. They also come to appreciate the spirit of the team, where our athletes cheer each other on to new standards of success.
David BelcherHead CoachDave Belcher joined the Bement faculty in 1990 out of seminary as the dean of boarding and a history teacher, and he has remained here in one or the other of those roles - or both - ever since. His passion for historical study is rivaled only by his passions for running and children, not necessarily in that order. Bement has provided him the opportunity to teach, coach, and help children grow into amazing adults for over a quarter century, and he has no plans to do anything else for as long as he can keep up with them!
Daniel BensenAssistant Coach
Dan Bensen has been involved with Bement for almost as long as he can remember, having grown up in Bement House and attended school at Bement for six years prior to becoming a math teacher and dorm parent from 2013 to 2018. He enjoys applying a thorough, scientific approach to all aspects of life, with a particular focus on baking and all manner of sports and outdoor activities. An accomplished endurance athlete, Mr. Bensen has won multiple triathlons in addition to being a category 2 road bike racer, and when he is off duty, he is usually found biking, skiing, or running throughout the hills of New England with his wife and daughter.
Mario CalcaterraAssistant CoachMario Calcaterra relocated to Deerfield in November of 2021 from the upper peninsula of Michigan. He played and coached both basketball and track in Michigan, and he was eager to volunteer for the Bement basketball teams during this winter season. Mario is a US Air Force veteran, a former land surveyor in the Midwest states, and he currently works for a road construction company. Mario enjoys bowling, cooking, and playing with his dog, Marco. He resides in Deerfield with his family.
Ana Rueda-HernandezAssistant CoachAna Rueda-Hernandez was born and raised in Granada, Spain. She has lived and taught Spanish in the Pioneer Valley for the last ten years. A resident of Conway, Ms. Rueda-Hernandez spends her free time with her daughter enjoying the outdoors, running, biking, and skiing. Ms. Rueda-Hernandez brings her passion and enthusiasm for Spanish culture and language to the classroom.