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.
Dave 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!
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 or skiing throughout the hills of New England with his wife.