Former Wabash head swimming & diving coach Steve Barnes has left his role with the Division III school to join Tim Murphy’s new staff at Penn State.
Barnes will join Doak Finch, a former Virginia assistant, and Liz McMillan at Penn State in the staff under the new head coach Murphy from Harvard.
Barnes was the head coach at Wabash for four seasons, and last year finished 4th at the North Coast Athletic Conference Championships. This is the conference that houses the two Division III programs Denison and Kenyon.
Barnes is a 2005 graduate of Ithaca College, where he was a four-time All-American.
Taking over the program at Wabash College as the interim head coach is Logan Simpson, who has been an assistant women’s basketball coach and director of operations at his alma-mater Gardner-Webb since 2011. Wabash College has an all male student body.
“Logan Simpson takes over a first-rate swimming and diving operation,” Wabash Director of Athletics and Wellness Joe Haklin said. “Steve Barnes leaves a great foundation for success in the classroom and in the pool. We wish him well in his future endeavors. Wabash is now committed to continuing that progress by searching for the next great leader of the Little Giants swimming and diving program. That national search will begin immediately.”
Though Simpson immediately comes from women’s basketball, he is a more-than-capable fill-in. He swam for three years at CCSA power Gardner-Webb in Division 1 before being named the basketball’s Director of Operations even before graduation. Simpson has spent the last year serving as the head age-group coach for the Sharks Aquatic Club in Shelby, North Carolina, and having graduated in just 2012, is one of the youngest head coaches in the country, even if just on an interim basis.