Barrett Roberts '07 begins his fifth season as head men’s and women’s swimming & diving coach at Wheaton in 2015-16.
Since Roberts took over the program in the 2011-2012 season, the Lyons have broken 65 school records on multiple occassions.
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.
Nicole Carter '02 is entering her sixth year as an assistant coach with the men's and women's swiming & diving programs in 2015-16.
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.
Jennifer (Jorgensen) Dempsey returns to Wheaton College for her third year as the Lyons diving coach in the 2015-16 season, after having assisted the diving program on a voluntary basis for several years. Dempsey has had the opportunity to coach current Wheaton school record holders for both men's and women's diving. Her divers have earned NEWMAC and ECAC Diver of the Week awards as she strives to improve on each individual diver's performance on a yearly basis.
Dempsey brings many years of collegiate, high school and youth coaching experiences to the pool. She currently holds diving coach positions at several local high school programs in Massachusetts, including Ursuline Academy, Mansfield, Norton and King Philip. She has coached novice divers to the divisional and state championship qualifying levels over the course of a short high school season for several years. Dempsey has also served as an assistant diving coach for three seasons at Boston College (1982-1985) and earlier in her career, coached youth and high school summer camps at Cornell University, West Point and Tuxedo Park, N.Y.
A member of Cornell University’s Big Red swimming and diving program from 1978-1981, coached by Olympian Rick Gilbert, Dempsey earned top three finishes in both the one-meter and three-meter dives at the Ivy League Championships and had the opportunity to coach alongside Gilbert every summer in college.
Dempsey excelled on the diving board at the high school level claiming All-America honors at Middletown High School (N.Y.), where she held the school's diving record for over 30 years. Training primarily at West Point with the help of the Army coaching staff, she was the first two-time New York State Girl's Section 9 diving champion and placed in the top three at the New York State Championships two years running. She continued her life-long enthusiasm for competitive swimming by racing regularly in various swim events for her high school team, winning a sectional title, competing at the state championships on her medley relay team and holding the school backstroke records for several years.
After graduating from Cornell, Dempsey received her law degree from Boston College Law School in 1985. After a 25-year career as a corporate attorney in New York City and the Boston area, she has returned over the past several years to the swimming and diving world. She is a member of AAU Diving and holds coaching and safety certifications.
Dempsey is a mom of two children who were both collegiate athletes. Her and her family’s golden retriever are a certified dog-therapy team, serving several Massachusetts communities.
Ben Chalot starts his fourth year with both the men's and women's swimming and diving programs in 2015-16.
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.