July 27, 2015
WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Athletic Director Lisa Melendy announced today that Ethan Barron has been named the head coach of men's track & field at Williams College.
"I'm very pleased to welcome Ethan Barron as our new head coach of men's track and field," said Melendy. "He brings with him a wealth of experience in
the sport of track and field."
"The committee was impressed with Ethan's demonstrated ability to build relationships with team members that supported their growth as athletes, as students, and as young men," Melendy added. "I'm confident he can build on the traditions and successes of the Williams track and field team as well as be a strong member of the department as a whole. We're all looking forward to his arrival and to working with him in the future."
Barron comes to Williams after compiling a successful 10-year run as the head coach of men's track at field and cross-country at NESCAC foe Tufts University. Over the past 10 years Barron has fielded 87 Jumbo competitors that have received national All-Academic Honors from the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) and 59 earned All-America honors at NCAA Championships.
Four times Barron's Jumbos won the NESCAC Outdoor Track & Championship, including this past spring when they edged host Williams on the Ephs' new home track. Additionally, Barron and his staff won the NESCAC Coaching Staff of the Year Award.
"In my two decades in NESCAC, Williams has consistently set the bar when it came to the student-athlete experience," said Barron. "Their commitment to each and every member of the Williams collective is precisely why my family and I are honored and excited by this opportunity. We've been welcomed and supported throughout the entire process, a testament to the Williams family."
"From a track and field perspective, the programs are steeped in tradition and success at every level, added Barron. "I can speak from personal experience to these athletes' versatility, dedication, and grit. I'm excited to work with such a focused and determined group. In the end, I'm simply going to do everything in my power to live up to, and build upon, all that the generations of Ephs before me have built."
Twice Tufts won the men's NESCAC Cross Country title under Barron, 2005 and 2012.
In both 2007 and 2008 Barron was named the New England Division III Indoor Track & Field Coach of the Year and in 2008 he was also named the region's Division III Outdoor Track & Field Coach of the Year.
Three of Barron's Jumbos were NCAA track & field champions, seven finished as runners-up, and one earned National Athlete of the Year honors. In each of the past three years Tufts was ranked seventh nationally in the USTFCCCA's Program of the Year Award, which factors in the performance of both the cross-country and track & field teams.
Barron coached 135 Tufts' athletes in his decade in Medford that reached NCAA Championships, stretching 30 consecutive seasons.
Barron is a 2001 graduate of Middlebury College where he earned a B.A. in chemistry and a minor in mathematics. He was named to the Middlebury Dean's List seven times. He earned All-America honors once indoor and once outdoors (110m) in the high hurdles. Four times Barron was recognized nationally for academic achievement.
Barron earned a Master of Arts degree in Educational Studies from Tufts in 2004 and he is currently pursuing another Master's degree in Child Development at Tufts.
Barron has achieved national certification from the USA Track and Field at Level 2 in sprint, hurdles, relays, and jumps.
Ethan Barron is married to Marion Min-Barron and they are the parents of Jerecho, Tenacious, and Arrow Barron.