PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Plymouth State University has hired a local successful high school coach to become its new varsity women's tennis coach.
The new Panther head coach is Barbara Rawlsky-Willett, a Rumney resident who has been the girls' head tennis coach at Plymouth Regional High School for 20 years. Rawlsky-Willett, who was also an assistant coach for the Panthers this past season, takes over from former coach Judy Switzer, who retired after the 2003 season.
Under guidelines approved by both the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association (NHIAA), Rawlsky-Willett will be allowed to serve as head coach at both PRHS and PSU. Girls' tennis is a spring sport at the high school level, while PSU plays tennis as a fall sport.
Rawlsky-Willett is a 1975 graduate of the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minn., where she played #1 singles for four years on the women's tennis team. She has guided the PRHS girls' team since 1984, and the Bobcats have consistently been contenders in the NHIAA Class I Tournament.
"We're very pleased to name Barbara Rawlsky-Willett as our new women's tennis coach," said PSU athletic director John P. Clark. "She has done an excellent job at the high school, and we're confident she'll be successful at Plymouth State. We want to thank (PRHS) Athletic Director Chuck Lenahan and the folks at Plymouth High School for sharing their tennis coach with us."
Rawlsky-Willett inherits a PSU program that finished 5-5 in dual matches in 2003 and placed fourth out of six teams in the Little East Conference Tournament.
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