Anne Barbeau was named the Head Women's Swimming & Diving coach on June 18, 2018.
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.
Barbeau has spent the last 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.
“Intercollegiate sports is often the culmination of a lifelong sports career and many student-athletes do not earn the chance to compete on this level,” added Barbeau. “I look forward to providing these women the opportunity to excel, enjoy and learn from the sport of swimming.”