Ben Bartoldus ‘10 will enter his third year at the helm of the Boys' Varsity Basketball program at Proctor Academy. As a graduate of Proctor, Bartoldus understands the academic demands and athletic rigor of participating as a student-athlete at a boarding school. Coach Bartoldus weighs in on the Proctor Academy athletic model, “Our dual-sport model better prepares student-athletes for the future demands of collegiate sports. It also implements and refines time management skills, aspects of community engagement, and how to compete in a capacity outside of one’s comfort zone.” As a student-athlete at Proctor, Bartoldus was recognized for his athletic capabilities, receiving the following gestures of recognition his senior year: McDonald’s All-American (Nominee), Most Valuable Player (2010), Fred Elroy Emerson 1886 Award (presented to the student who, during the junior and senior years, has shown the greatest development in attaining the ideals of Proctor), and the Spencer Wright Athletic Award (for athletic achievement and sportsmanship).
Prior to coaching at Proctor, Bartoldus served as the program director for both Varsity Basketball and Cross Country Running at Cardigan Mountain School. Amidst his brief stint on The Point, Bartoldus led each program to consecutive, successful seasons.
Bartoldus began his professional career at New England College (NCAA DIII), where he served as the lead assistant coach to Charlie Mason. When reflecting on the impact and professionalism of Bartoldus, Mason notes: “Ben is one of the finest men I have ever had the pleasure of working with as a coach… Ben exudes leadership. He demonstrated all the positive qualities that embody college athletics: sportsmanship, work ethic and empathy.”
As a collegiate student-athlete, Bartoldus served as a tri-year captain of the Men's Basketball Team at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. During his freshman campaign, Bartoldus led the Judges to a 19-9 record and an ECAC Championship, where he was named Most Valuable Player (avg. 12.3 points on 68.9% FG and 62.5% 3pt). Over the course of his career Bartoldus earned the following accolades: 1,000pt. Club and All-Conference nods each of his four years. Bartoldus received a bachelor's degree in History in the spring of 2014.
Ben teaches within the Social Science department at Proctor, exploring the realms of Economics and United States History. He enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with his family. Recently, Ben built a cabin in the woods and enjoys occasional getaways with his girlfriend, Taela, and their two pups, Maggie & Brady.