(Tempe, AZ) Megan Bartlett has been named the head coach for the Arizona State University women’s softball program, on June 22, 2022, as announced by Vice President for University Athletics and Athletics Director Ray Anderson
This past season Bartlett helped lead an unseeded University of Texas team to their first Women’s College World Series appearance as an assistant coach. She also spent five years in Indiana as a head coach building the Ball State softball program.
“I am overwhelmed with gratitude. Being 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 are a perfect fit. I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to Ray Anderson, Christina Wombacher, Ken Landphere and the entire ASU senior leadership team for believing in me. Their collective vision and excitement for the program is contagious and I’m thrilled to be a part of it. I would also like 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 Up!”
In 2022, she helped guide Texas to their WCWS appearance against Oklahoma. The squad finished with a 47-22-1 record and No. 2 in the final USA Today/NFCA poll. Bartlett was a mastermind behind the success of the Texas’ offense, with the program leading the nation in doubles (116) while setting school single-season 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 come-from-behind victories, posted 14 total wins over ranked teams and won its first six elimination games during its postseason run through the NCAA Seattle Regional, the NCAA Fayetteville Super Regional and the Women’s College World Series.
In her first campaign with the Longhorns in 2021, Bartlett helped guide Texas to a 43-14 overall record, a No. 12 final ranking and a berth in the NCAA Stillwater Super Regional. The squad 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 putting up top five single-season totals for hits (512 – third NCAA), doubles (79), RBIs (338) and HR’s (78).
As the head coach at Ball State for five seasons (2016-20), Bartlett led the program to a 141-108 overall record (.567) while registering three consecutive 30-win seasons from 2017-19. Over that stretch, she helped guide the Cardinals to the 2018 Mid-American Conference (MAC) West Division title with that season’s 37 victories, marking the fourth-most wins in a single season in program history.
“As both a coach and a player, Megan has been exactly where we want, and envision, Sun Devil Softball – fighting for a national championship on softball’s biggest stage in Oklahoma City. Her elite-level softball experience as head coach at Ball State and assistant coach at the University of Texas make her imminently qualified to lead our program into the future,” said Vice President of University Athletics Ray Anderson. “In getting to know Megan, it was clear 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’re thrilled to welcome the Bartlett family to Sun Devil Nation, and we’re ready to get to work in the next era of our storied softball program under Coach Bartlett.”
Press Release courtesy of Sun Devil Athletics