WILSON, N.C. – Barton College Athletics Director Todd Wilkinson has named Tyler Amerson permanent Head Men's and Women's Cross Country & Track and Field Coach. Amerson has served as the interim head coach of the Bulldogs since the middle of March following the resignation of Chad Balentine.
"Tyler Amerson has stepped up twice in the last 10 months to lead our Cross Country & Track and Field Programs as the interim Head Coach," said Wilkinson. "His leadership under difficult circumstances has been phenomenal and deserving of his promotion to the permanent head coaching position. Coach Amerson has been a loyal, dedicated and consistent presence in the cross country and track and field program since joining the staff in 2017."
"I'm very excited to take over the position of head coach going forward," said Amerson. "I have always had a strong passion for Barton College and the Wilson community. I consider this a tremendous opportunity, not only for myself, but for the team as well. I hope to provide stability and leadership to the program that will lead to growth and a positive culture."
Amerson has served as an assistant coach for both programs for the past two years and is a 2017 graduate of Barton College with a bachelor's degree in sports management. Amerson lettered four years for both the men's cross country and track and field programs and is a two-time Conference Carolinas All-Academic Team honoree (2016 and 2017).
"I have enjoyed watching his growth as a student-athlete within our Leadership Academy and the last two years as a member of the coaching team. He is smart, hardworking and passionate. He did not flinch when taking over as the interim Outdoor (Track and Field) Head Coach and led the team to quality performances culminating in a strong showing for both teams at the conference championship. I am thrilled he will lead our program and provide stability towards establishing Barton as a strong program within Division II Athletics," added Wilkinson.
The Barton men's and women's track and field teams finished fourth and sixth, respectively, at the 2019 Conference Carolinas Outdoor Championships this past weekend while junior Micah Clemons (Greenville, N.C.) was named the league men's field athlete of the year after winning both the discus and hammer.
Amerson is a native of Wilson, N.C., and a graduate of Beddingfield High School.