Teams: Men's Track & Field: Press Releases
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
BARRON PROMOTED FROM INTERIM TO MEN'
S TRACK & FIELD COACH
MEDFORD – Ethan Barron, the interim coach of the Tufts University
men's cross country/track & field program for the 2005-06 academic
year, has been hired as the Jumbos'
new head coach. Following a
national search to fill the position, the announcement was made by
Tufts Athletic Director Bill Gehling.
Barron, a 2001 graduate of Middlebury College, had previously worked
as a graduate assistant and volunteer coach under Connie Putnam at
Tufts from 2002-05. When Putnam retired during the summer 2005,
Barron was named the interim coach.
The Tufts program maintained its level of national achievement
during Barron's first year of leadership. The cross country team
posted its best-ever finish with a fifth place at the NCAA
Championships. The Jumbos won their third straight New England Small
College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) championship and Barron was
named NESCAC Co-Coach of the Year.
During the track & field season, the indoor team was New England
runner-up and sent five competitors to the NCAA Championship meet.
Outdoors, junior Fred Jones (Northfield, MA/Northfield Mt. Hermon)
won the NCAA triple jump title. Senior tri-captain Trevor Williams
(Clifton Park, NJ/Shenendehowa) was selected to receive a $7,500 NCAA
post-graduate scholarship. Barron was again voted by his peers
as NESCAC Coach of the Year.
Barron was an All-American academically and athletically at
Middlebury College. A chemistry and math major, he was second in the
NCAA 55-meter hurdles indoors and third in the 110-meter hurdles
outdoors in 2001. After a year of coaching at a high school in his
home state of Vermont, Barron primarily coached the hurdlers,
sprinters and horizontal jumpers as an assistant at Tufts. In his
first year (2002-03), he worked with indoor All-Americans Greg
Devine and Bryan Pitko.