Barbara Perkins joins the Kean University Athletic Department for her first season in 2017-18.
This will be the first collegiate head coaching job for Perkins who spent the 2016-17 season at NJAC rival Montclair State University as an assistant coach. This past season she helped the Red Hawk women’s team to an 8-3 overall mark (9-3 record for the men’s team as well) while finishing sixth at the Metropolitan Championships where MSU established 10 new school records. In addition to her time at MSU, she was previously the assistant at Indiana University for two seasons. At Indiana she coached 2016 Olympic gold medalists Lilly King, Cody Miller and Blake Pieroni. IU placed ninth and 10th at the NCAA Championships during her tenure.
Perkins graduated from Saint Mary’s College of California in 2011 and was a member of the water polo team where she was the team captain for her final two seasons. Outside the pool deck, she is a world-ranked triathlete and a two-time Ironman 70.3 World Championship qualifier, a USAT All-American, and two time National Team USA member.
The Kean women’s swimming program, dormant since 2003, is resuming as a varsity sport during the 2017-18 school year.