Barbara Rawlsky-Willett is now in her tenth season as head coach of the Plymouth State women’s tennis program in 2013. The Panthers have been solid Little East Conference contenders under Coach Rawlsky-Willett, winning LEC Tournament titles in 2004 and 2006 and the regular season crown in 2005.
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 only NCAA Tournament appearance in the spring of 2007 after winning the LEC title in the fall of 2006.
PSU has had four players earn post-season honors the past three years, including Second Team All-Conference selections each year and the LEC Rookie of the Year in 2009. 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 has been the PRHS girls’ tennis coach since starting the program in1984, 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 children.