Barton promotes Amerson

Wilson native will lead cross-country, track programs

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The career path of Tyler Amerson reached a significant milestone Saturday when he was announced as the men’s and women’s cross-country and track and field head coach at Barton College, his alma mater. Amerson, who graduated in 2017 from Barton with a degree in sports management, had stepped in as interim track and field coach in March when Chad Balentine resigned.

Emerson, a Wilson native and 2013 Beddingfield High graduate, had served as assistant coach for both programs after he graduated in 2017. 

“Tyler Amerson has stepped up twice in the last 10 months to lead our cross-country and track and field programs as the interim head coach,” said Barton athletic director Todd Wilkinson in a release.  “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.”

Amerson was a four-year letterman in cross-country and track for the Bulldogs and earned NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas All-Academic recognition in 2016 and 2017.

“I’m very excited to take over the position of head coach going forward,” Amerson in the release. “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.”

Under Amerson’s leadership this spring, the Barton men placed fourth at the Conference Carolinas championship meet while the Lady Bulldogs were fifth. Junior Micah Clemons was named men’s field athlete of the year after finishing first in discus and hammer.

“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,” Wilkinson said. “He is smart, hardworking and passionate. He did not flinch when taking over as the interim outdoor 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.”