Barrett Roberts '07 begins his seventh season as head men’s and women’s swimming & diving coach at Wheaton in 2017-18.
Last season, Roberts was named the 2016-2017 NEWMAC Women's Swimming Coach of the Year and Men's Co-Swimming Coach of the Year. Roberts led the women's program to its best finish at the NEWMAC Championships since 2010. The Lyons finished in third place with 766 points, which was just 3.5 points out of second. Wheaton finished with six all-conference honors, as well as a NEWMAC Women's Swimmer of the Year nod for junior Jenna Hayden who advanced to the NCAA Championships in the 100-yard backstroke. On the men's side, Roberts shares the coach of the year honor with John Westkott of the Coast Guard Academy. The men's swimming & diving team finished the NEWMAC Championships in fourth place with 614 points, which ties the best finish in program history. The men had several swimmers finish in podium position, while earning one all-conference honor and having several swimmers break school records. At the end of the NEWMAC Championships, the Lyons set 23 new school records, had numerous NCAA cuts, several All-Conference performances and many personal best records and stand out performances between both programs.
As an undergraduate at Wheaton, Roberts was a standout swimmer for the Lyons, earning All-America honors three times (2005-07) and NEWMAC Swimmer of the Year accolades in 2006. He was a three-year co-captain who earned College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America honors in 2004 and 2005. As a senior, Roberts took home the Linda Frances Epstein Award and the Outstanding Male Athlete Award. The Epstein Award is presented to a graduating senior who embodies respect for and commitment to the traditions of Wheaton in the achievement of academic excellence and dedicated performance in athletics.
Roberts returned to Norton after spending the 2010-11 season as a graduate assistant coach at New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) rival Springfield College. With his assistance, the Pride established nine school records and three NEWMAC records this past season. Roberts also saw seven of his student-athletes post national qualifying performances, four post All-America performances, and one post an All-America honorable mention performance.
Prior to his appointment at Springfield, Roberts spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Tufts University (2008-10), helping the Jumbos score nine All-America performances during that span. He also spent two years as a waterfront and aquatics director at Camp All-Star (2005-07).
Roberts, who left Norton with a bachelor's of arts degree in economics and political science after graduating magna cum laude, earned his master's degree in physical education with a concentration in athletic administration from Springfield in 2015.