Barrett Roberts begins his second season as head men’s and women’s swimming & diving coach at Wheaton in 2012-13.
"We are thrilled to welcome Barrett back home to Wheaton,” said Director of Athletics John Sutyak ‘00. “Barrett was the epitome of a scholar-athlete, one who was equally as impressive in the classroom as he was in the pool. He helped put our swimming & diving teams on the map both in New England and nationally, and I look forward to him continuing that tradition as the leader of our men's and women's programs."
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.
“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to come back to Wheaton and coach a group of student-athletes who excel in the pool as well as the classroom,” said Roberts, who was responsible for coaching Springfield’s sprint group, designing dry-land and lifting programs for the squad, and home meet management duties. “Wheaton's swimmers and divers have always been exceptionally motivated individuals, and I look forward to working with the team as we strive to win our first NEWMAC championship."
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).
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.
"Barrett's time at both Tufts and Springfield, coupled with his experience here at Wheaton, make him an ideal candidate in continuing to recruit and retain high level student-athletes who will help us achieve our goal of winning NEWMAC championships,” added Sutyak.
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.
Logan Pearsall is entering his first season as the Lyons diving coach for both the men’s and women’s programs.
Pearsall, a 2012 graduate of Clarion University of Pennsylvania, brings plenty of experience to the pool as a six-time All-American and four-time NCAA Division II national champion. Pearsall earned a pair of national championships in 2010 in the one-meter and three-meter dives and also garnered two national titles in 2009 and 2011, both in the three-meter dive.
Pearsall was named the NCAA Division II Diver of the Year in 2010 and 2011 and also collected NSCAA Break Out Diver of the Year honors in 2010. In 2009, Pearsall was named the Clarion University of Pennsylvania Male Athlete of the Year.
Before Wheaton, Pearsall served as the assistant diving coach for the Greenwich YMCA Marlins. Pearsall has also served as the head coach for swimming and diving at Coudersport Area Swimming and Diving, head coach of diving at Marblehead, Salem and Beverly High School and has worked as an independent instructor.
Pearsall currently resides in Boston, Mass.