Arizona State softball names Texas assistant Megan Bartlett head coach


Texas softball assistant coach Megan Bartlett has been named the next head coach at Arizona State, the school announced Wednesday.

Bartlett was a member of the coaching staff that helped unseeded Texas reach its first Women’s College World Series appearance and Finals appearance. The Longhorns were the first unseeded team to reach the finals of the WCWS.

“I am overwhelmed with gratitude. Being named the next head coach of the Sun Devil Softball program is the opportunity of a lifetime,” Bartlett said. “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 can’t wait to meet the Sun Devils. It’s going to be a great ride! Forks Up!”

They finished with a 47-22-1 record and at No. 2 in the final USA Today/NFCA poll.

Arizona State, meanwhile, made it all the way to the Super Regionals, which they hosted this year, where they lost to Northwestern. In the weeks following, then-head coach Trisha Ford was hired by Texas A&M as the program’s 10th head coach.

A plethora of ASU players also entered the transfer portal, with All-Pac-12 shortstop Alynah Torres joining Oklahoma and Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Cydney Sanders currently in the transfer portal.

While at Texas, Bartlett led the success of their offense, which led the nation in doubles (116). They also set school single-season records for doubles, runs scored (397), hits (560), total bases (906) and RBIs (355).

Prior to Texas, Bartlett was head coach at Ball State for five seasons. Prior to beginning her coaching career in 2005, Bartlett played pro softball with National Pro Fastpitch for two seasons and spent four years at Notre Dame where she was a two-time NFCA All-American.

“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,” Vice President of University Athletics Ray Anderson said. “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.”