Barbara Rawlsky-Willett is now in her 16th season as head coach of the Plymouth State women’s tennis team in 2019-20, the longest-serving coach in the program's 50-year history. The Panthers have been solid Little East Conference contenders under Rawlsky-Willett, winning LEC Tournament titles in 2004, 2006 and 2014, and the regular season crown in 2005 and 2014.
PSU enjoyed one of its finest seasons in history last fall, as Rawlsky-Willett led the team to a 12-3 record (8-1 in the LEC) and a postseason run to the finals of the LEC Tournament. The 12 wins were the second-most in school history, while the eight conference wins matched a program record.
Rawlsky-Willett piloted the Panthers to their best season in 2014, recording one of the top campaigns in LEC history. PSU went undefeated during the fall season (14-0), a run that included the LEC regular season (8-0) and tournament titles, and finished with a 14-1 overall record after being defeated in the 2015 NCAA Division III National Championship tournament. Rawlsky-Willett was named LEC Coach of the Year after coaching both the LEC Player and Rookie of the Year and five All-Conference selections.
Rawlsky-Willett, who took over at PSU in 2004 after one season as an assistant, was also the girls’ tennis coach at Plymouth Regional High School for 29 years until her retirement in 2012. She was inducted into the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association (NHIAA) Coaches Hall of Fame in 2010.
Rawlsky-Willett led the Panthers to the first LEC Championship in the program’s history in 2004. The Panthers finished runner-up at the LEC Tournament a year later, and came back in 2006 with its second LEC Tournament title in three years. PSU made its first NCAA Tournament appearance in the spring of 2007.
PSU has had numerous players earn post-season honors while playing under Rawlsky-Willett, including All-Conference selections, the LEC Rookie of the Year in 2009, 2014 and 2017, and the LEC Player of the Year in 2014 and 2015. In addition, several Panther tennis players received major PSU student-athlete awards in recent years for academic success, community service and leadership.
Rawlsky-Willett is a graduate of the College of St. Catherine (Minn.), where she played No. 1 singles for four years. She accumulated a record of 235-125 as the girls' tennis coach at PRHS while guiding a doubles team to the state championship in 1989. She also led the Bobcats to undefeated seasons (16-0) and runner-up finishes in the state team tournament in 1993 and 1999.
Rawlsky-Willett and her husband Doug have two adult children.