Barbara Rawlsky-Willett is now in her 13th season as head coach of the Plymouth State women’s tennis team in 2016, the longest-serving coach in the program's 49-year history. The Panthers have been solid Little East Conference contenders under Coach Rawlsky-Willett, winning LEC Tournament titles in 2004, 2006 and 2014, and the regular season crown in 2005 and 2014.
The Panthers enjoyed their best season in program history in 2014 under Rawlsky-Willett, recording one of the top campaigns in Little East Conference Women's Tennis history. PSU posted an undefeated fall season (14-0) 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 Championships. Rawlsky-Willett was named LEC Coach of the Year after coaching the LEC Player and Rookie of the Year and five All-Conference selections.
Coach 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 in 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 after winning the LEC title in the fall of 2006.
PSU has had numerous players earn post-season honors, including All-Conference selections, the LEC Rookie of the Year in 2009 and 2014 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 in St. Paul, Minn., where she played #1 singles for four years on the women’s tennis team. She was the PRHS girls’ tennis coach since starting the program in 1984, accumulating a record of 235-125. She guided a doubles team to the state championship in 1989 and led Bobcats to undefeated seasons (16-0) and runner-up finishes in the state team tournament in 1993 and 1999.
Coach Rawlsky-Willett and her husband Doug have two adult children.