Barrett Roberts begins his third season as head men’s and women’s swimming & diving coach at Wheaton in 2013-14.
"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.
Jennifer (Jorgensen) Dempsey returns to Wheaton College as the Lyons diving coach for both the men’s and women’s programs in 2013, 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.
Ben Chalot enters his second year with both the men's and women's swimming and diving programs in 2013-14.
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.