TEMPE, Ariz. – Megan Bartlet was named head coach of the Arizona State University women’s softball program, June 22, 2022, as announced by the university’s vice president of athletics and director of athletics Ray Anderson.
Last season, Bartlett helped lead an unseeded University of Texas team in her first Women’s College World Series appearance as an assistant coach. She also spent five years in Indiana as a head coach developing the Ball State softball program.
“I am overwhelmed with gratitude. To be named the next head coach of the Sun Devil Softball program is the opportunity of a lifetime,” said Bartlett. “The focus on family, passion and character is a perfect fit. I would like to express my most sincere gratitude to Ray Anderson, Christina Wombacher, Ken Landphere and the entire ASU leadership team for believing in me. Their collective vision and enthusiasm for the program is infectious and I’m thrilled to be a part of it. I also want to thank Mike White, Steve Singleton and the incredible team at the University of Texas, their tireless efforts made this opportunity possible for me and my family. I can’t wait to meet the Sun Devils. It’s going to be a great ride! Forks!”
In 2022, she helped guide Texas to its WCWS appearance against Oklahoma. The team finished with a 47-22-1 record and No. 2 in the latest USA Today/NFCA poll. Bartlett was a mastermind behind Texas’ offensive success, with the program leading the nation in doubles (116) while setting single-season school records for doubles, runs scored (397), hits (560 ), total bases (906), RBIs (355), walks (224) and games played (70). UT rallied for an impressive 18 wins, recorded 14 total wins against ranked teams, and won its first six playoff games in its playoffs through the NCAA Seattle Regional, NCAA Fayetteville Super Regional, and Women’s College World Series.
In his first campaign with the Longhorns in 2021, Bartlett helped guide Texas to a 43-14 overall record, a final No. 12 ranking and a berth in the NCAA Stillwater Super Regional. The team set program records for team batting average (.342 – third in NCAA Division I), slugging (.561 – seventh NCAA) and on-base percentage (.419 – fourth NCAA) while posting the top five single-season totals for hits (512 – third NCAA), doubles (79), RBIs (338) and HR (78).
As Ball State’s head coach for five seasons (2016-20), Bartlett led the program to an overall record of 141-108 (.567) while recording three straight 30-win seasons from 2017-19. During that span, she helped guide the Cardinals to the 2018 Mid-American Conference (MAC) West Division title with all 37 wins that season.scoring the fourth-most single-season wins in program history.
“As a coach and player, Megan has been exactly where we wanted and envisioned Sun Devil Softball – fighting for a national championship on softball’s biggest stage in Oklahoma City. Her elite-level softball experience as a head coach at Ball State and assistant coach at the University of Texas imminently qualifies her to lead our program into the future,” said the vice president of varsity athletics. Ray Anderson. “Getting to know Megan, it was clear that she shares the same values embodied in the ‘Sun Devil Way’ and is committed and excited to further instill a championship winning culture at ASU. We are thrilled to welcome the Bartlett family at Sun Devil Nation, and we are ready to get to work in the next era of our legendary softball program under the leadership of Coach Bartlett.”
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We are thrilled to announce the former Texas assistant coach Megan Bartlet as the new head coach! ??
Sun Devil Nation, join us in hosting @coachcbartlett to Tempe and the Pac-12! ??
— Sun Devil Softball (@ASUSoftball) June 23, 2022
During the abbreviated 2020 campaign, Bartlett’s team posted an 18-9 overall record while ranking highly in NCAA Division I team stats for on-base percentage (26th – 0.405), score (32nd – 6.2), OPS (32nd – 0.908), FC per game (35th – 1.07), slugging percentage (35th – 0.503) and ERA team (37th – 2, 22).
During his five years at the helm of the Ball State program, Bartlett mentored four National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Great Lakes Region picks, outfielder Rachel Houck (second team), Designated Player Madison Lee (second team), pitcher Nicole Steinbach (third team) and infielder Stacy Payton (third team). It also required players to earn a combination of 12 All-MAC or All-MAC Freshman Team Honors and 29 All-MAC Academic Honors to go along with six MAC Distinguished College Athlete inclusions.
Bartlett began her coaching career as a graduate assistant coach at Loyola University Chicago (2005-07), where she was on the 2007 Horizon League Coaching Staff of the Year while helping her team to win the league regular season title.
From there, she became an assistant coach at Northern Illinois (2007-12), working with infielders and outfielders while also serving as scouting coordinator, offensive coordinator and camp coordinator. While at NIU, she guided the Huskies hitters to several single-season bests and helped the team to a top-40 national ranking in 2011 in doubles (2nd – 1.81), GAA batting (24th – 0.312), scoring (33rd – 5.49) and slugging percentage (39th – 0.461).
After spending just one campaign at DePaul as a volunteer assistant coach for the 2014 regular season and Big East Tournament champions (44-11), Bartlett became an assistant coach at Purdue (2014-15). During the 2015 season with the Boilermakers, she served as the team’s defensive coordinator, helping the team improve their team roster percentage from 10th (.956) all the way to third in the Big 10 (.970).
As a professional softball player, Bartlett was part of two National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) championship teams in the regular season (2005-06) with the Chicago Bandits.
Collegially, Bartlett won a four-year letter to Notre Dame (2002-05), helping the Irish to four NCAA regional appearances, four Big East regular season championships and two Big East tournament titles. A two-time NFCA All-American (2004, 2005), she captained the 2005 team with a 46-15 record while helping secure the first-ever NCAA regional home contests.
The 2004 Big East Player of the Year, Bartlett finished her playing career at Notre Dame as the program leader in hits (284) and stolen bases (76), while finishing in the top five in average. at bat (second – .368) and in runs. scored (second – 161). She also finished ranked in the UND career top 10 in doubles (ninth – 37), trebles (seventh – 9), HR (ninth – 13), and RBI (10th – 101).
Prior to her college career, the Terre Haute, Ind., native was a tri-sport star in softball, basketball and football at North Vigo High School. After her senior year in 2001, Bartlett was named Indiana Miss Softball as well as Indiana Gatorade Player of the Year.
Bartlett graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management Consulting in 2005. She completed her Masters of Business Administration in Health Care Administration at Loyola University Chicago in 2007 and has then obtained a Juris Doctor from Northern Illinois in 2012. .