Track and Field
With the arrival of a new field house at Deerfield Academy, Bement now has the opportunity to offer a new sports program - winter track. On a daily basis, we will focus on building an aerobic foundation, honing our speed, and getting stronger through drills, plyometrics, and core work. Our squad will prepare for “all-comers” track meets in the early winter months, and be ready to race in February in whichever events we choose, from 55 meters to 3,000.
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!
Dan BensenAssistant CoachDan 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 in 2013. 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 Rachel.
Rachel SadlerAssistant CoachGrowing up as a faculty child on the campus of The Loomis Chaffee School, Rachel Sadler “lived the boarding school life” long before she became a LC student ’99 herself. Having had the extraordinary experience of being part of a community of people from all over the world, she was thrilled to join the Bement family in 2016, feeling like she had “come full circle.” She and her family love living in the dorm and serving as dorm parents. When not in the dorms, Mrs. Sadler is Bement’s Assistant Director of the Admission office and the Track and Field coach. She also enjoys long distance running, photography and traveling.