Men's Swimming and Diving—Coaches

Tom Burton
Head Coach

Tom Burton

phone: 207-859-4922
fax: 207-859-4902
Tom Burton heads into his 15th year as head coach of men's and women's swimming and diving at Colby in the 2013-14 academic year. During his tenure the program has risen to the top tier of NESCAC swimming and diving and has gained national recognition.

Under his tutelage Colby swimmers have set 116 school records. As the conference level 16 swimmers have captured NESCAC titles while 74 have earned All-NESCAC honors. Nationally Colby has finished as high as eighth at the NCAA Division III Championships. Twenty-five swimmers and divers have competed at the NCAA meet, garnering 75 All-America and 14 College Swimming Coaches Association of America Academic All-America honors.

In recognition of his athletes' success, Burton was honored as the NESCAC Women's Swimming Coach of the Year in 2001 and 2005. He has been awarded the Certificate of Excellence eight times by the American Swim Coaches Association, most recently in 2009.

Burton previously served for six years as the head swimming coach at Lake Forest College, where his teams won eight conference championships. He served as the chair of swimming for the Midwest Conference Championships (MWC) for five years, was honored as MWC Coach of the Year three out of six seasons, and was Illinois Collegiate Coach of the Year twice.

During Burton's career his swimmers have competed in the NCAA Championships and have recorded 104 All-America performances, including a national title. In addition, his athletes have competed at both the Senior and Junior nationals, obtained U.S. Open and Olympic Trial qualifying standards, and earned Academic All-America, NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship, and GTE Academic All-America honors.

Burton also serves as associate director of athletics at Colby, with responsibilities in budgeting and student leadership.

Assistant Coaches

Franco Pacheco, Assistant Coach and Recruiting CoordinatorFranco Pacheco

Franco Pacheco heads into his second year as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Colby in the 2013-14 academic year.

He joined the Colby staff after serving as an assistant coach for the men and women's program at Villanova University.

During his tenure at Villanova, he specialized in the distance freestyle events while contributing to the team's dry land workouts. Pacheco also headed the Wildcats scouting and statistics efforts and handled the reporting of all results to the BIG EAST Conference. Pacheco coached at the Canadian Olympic Trials and also coached two United States Olympic Trials Qualifiers.

Before coaching at Villanova, Pacheco was enlisted in the United States Army and was primarily stationed at Fort George G. Meade in Maryland. He received an honorable discharge in August, 2011.

As an undergraduate swimmer at The College of Saint Rose (N.Y.), Pacheco was a four-year member of the swim team and a two-year captain for the Golden Knights. During his career Pacheco earned all-conference honors from both the Northeast-10 and the Metropolitan Conference.

Pacheco graduated from Saint Rose in 2006 with a Bachelor's Degree in Public Communications and an emphasis in Journalism. He went on to earn a Master's Degree in Education from Saint Joseph's College (Maine) while also studying Educational Psychology and being certified at Chaminade University in Honolulu.

Andy Thompson, Diving Coach

Andy Thompson returns as the Colby diving coach in the 2013-14 academic year under head coach Tom Burton.