Barrett Roberts '07 begins his fourth season as head men’s and women’s swimming & diving coach at Wheaton in 2014-15.
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 returns 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, is currently working toward earning his master's degree in physical education from Springfield. Concentrating in athletic administration, he is set to graduate next May.
Jennifer (Jorgensen) Dempsey returns to Wheaton College as the Lyons diving coach for both the men’s and women’s programs in 2014-15, after having assisted the diving program on a voluntary basis for several seasons.
Dempsey brings many years of collegiate, high school and youth coaching experience to the pool. She most recently held diving coach positions at several local high school programs in Massachusetts, including Sharon, Norton and Mansfield, bringing several novice divers to divisional and state championship qualifying levels over the course of a very short high school season. Dempsey also served as an assistant diving coach for three seasons at Boston College (1982-1985) and coached youth and high school summer camps at Cornell University (1977-1981), West Point (1980-1982), and Tuxedo Park, N.Y. (1983).
A member of Cornell University’s Big Red swimming and diving program from 1978-1981, Dempsey was coached by an Olympian and earned top-3 finishes in both the one-meter and three-meter dives at the Ivy League Championships.
Dempsey also excelled on the diving board at the high school level claiming All-America honors at Middletown High School. Training primarily at West Point with the help of the Army coaching staff, she was a two-time New York State Section 9 diving champion and placed in the top-3 at the New York State Championships two years in a row.
After graduating from Cornell in just three years, Dempsey went on to receive a law degree from Boston College Law School in 1985. After a 25-year career as a corporate attorney, she has returned over the past several years to her real passion in the swimming and diving world. A preschool swimming teacher several days a week, she is also a member of AAU Diving and holds numerous coaching and safety certifications, and she and her family’s golden retriever Jack are a certified dog-therapy team, serving several Massachusetts communities.
Dempsey has two children who are collegiate athletes. She resides in nearby Mansfield with her husband and dog.
Nicole Carter '02 is entering her fifth year as an assistant coach with the men's and women's swiming & diving programs in 2014-15.
Carter is responsible for training, strength and conditioning, alumnae/i engagement, scouting and recruiting and day-to-day operations of the program.
Along with her duties at Wheaton, Carter has also been the head coach for Evolution Aquatics since 2011. Carter took revitalized the program from having just 19 swimmers in 2010 to the maximum allowed number of swimmers (75) in less than a year. Since then, Evolution Aquatics has competed at national and international levels of competition including the 2012 London Olympics, FINA World Championships, Youth World Games, NCAS Junior Nationals, Minneapolis Grand Prix, Caribbean National Championships and at Junior Nationals. At the 2012 London Olympics, Carter coached the first ever female swimmer from the Dominican Republic.
Carter is a 2002 graduate of Wheaton with a bachelor's of science in psychology. As a sophomore, Carter was named a captain of the women's swimming and diving team and also co-founded The Captains Council which has since then become the Wheaton Athletic Mentors (WAMs). Carter also studied aboard during her junior year in Australia and swam for Macquarie University. Carter is currently working toward earning her master's in special education.
Ben Chalot enters his third year with both the men's and women's swimming and diving programs in 2014-15.
Chalot, who also doubles as the Associate Director of Career Services at Wheaton, competed at The College of Wooster for four years (1994-1998) earning several All-Northcoast Athletic Conference (NCAC) All-Conference honors over his career, while qualifying for the NCAA's in five different events (100-free, 200-free, 200, 400 & 800-free relays). Chalot still holds one school record in the program along with his teammates in the 800-free relay (6:59.87/1996).
Prior to his appointment at Wheaton, Chalot coached age group and high school teams at Upper Saint Clair and Mount Lebanon in Pittsburgh, Pa. Chalot also was the head coach of the Wooster YMCA team for four years and an assistant coach for the Hockomock YMCA based out of North Attleboro, Mass. for five years.
A May 1998 graduate of The College of Wooster with a bachelor of arts in anthropology, Chalot went on to earn his master's of education, specializing in higher education administration, from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000.