Anne Barbeau begins her second season as Head Women's Swimming & Diving coach in 2019-20.
Barbeau, whose coaching career spans some 50 years, had a decorated swim career that covered roughly 35 years as a sprinter in Canada. In addition to competing in the 1972 Canadian Olympic trials, the four-time medalist at the Canadian University Championships has also swam in the CEGEP Championships and more recently in the Canadian and World Masters Championships.
In her first season at PSU, Barbeau led the Panthers to a 4-5 record in dual meets, while earning a fifth place finish at the Little East Conference Championships and a 13th place finish at the New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association (NEISDA) Championships – the best finish in five years.
Under her tutelage the Panthers set new program records in the 50-yard backstroke and 50-yard butterfly. She helped coach junior diver Casey Allaire to a silver medal in the 3-meter dive and a bronze in the 1-meter dive at the NEISDA Championships, and sophomore Cammie Turell to a silver medal with a school-record performance in the 50-yard butterfly. Both athletes claimed All-New England honors.
Barbeau has impacted the Panthers in the classroom as well, as she had seven athletes earn NEISDA All-Academic Team honors in the fall, with nine athletes accomplishing the feat in the spring semester. She also helped seven athletes earn LEC Winter All-Academic Team recognition.
Prior to Plymouth State, Barbeau spent 17 years as a swim coach and private swim instructor at the White Mountain Athletic Club in Waterville Valley, while also teaching French at Waterville Academy.
Barbeau got her start as a pool manager, swim coach and lifeguard at the Rosemère Curling Club in Rosemère, Québec, in the late 1960s, before taking on the role of assistant swim coach at Vanier College (Montreal), where she also taught Physical Education, in 1979.
In 1983 Barbeau moved to Laurentian Regional High School in Lachute, Québec, where she started the swim program, while teaching PE, Religion and History and also coaching the ski and soccer programs.
Barbeau also spent 11 years as the swim instructor at Waterville Valley Elementary School.
Barbeau resides in Campton, N.H. with her husband Tom. Their son, Thomas, is part of the strength & conditioning staff at Baylor University as an Athletics Performance Coach for the Bears’ football program.