Hartford, Conn. - Trinity College Head Women's Squash Coach Wendy Bartlett was a member of the 2019 Women in Sports Day panel presented by Comcast NBCUniversal during the FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships in Philadelphia last week. Since 2013, the U.S. Open has been a world leader in prize money parity and promotion of the women's game. Women in sports day will highlight the efforts to advance the lives of women and girls through squash and sport, and celebrate the on and off-court achievements of women leaders. Bartlett spoke about the paucity of women coaching in collegiate squash and the need for succession planning and networking so that more women have the opportunity to coach. The hour-long discussion ended with a robust question-and-answer session.
Wendy Bartlett is one of the most accomplished coaches in Trinity College history. She begins her 36th year as head coach of the Bantams women's squash team, following a 2018-19 season that saw the Bantams finish with a 17-3 record and reach the College Squash Association (CSA) National Team Cup Finals. The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Coach of the Year in 2012-13, 2014-15, 2015-16, and 2017-18, Bartlett was inducted into the College Squash Association (CSA) Hall of Fame in February.
"This event was very inspiring! All the panelist brought different insights into gender equity in sports and the moderator, Dr. Ellen Staurowsky, was brilliant," said Bartlett. "She has done a lot of research on women in sports, and has written several books on the subject, so brought an academic side to the discussion and was able to tie all our points together beautifully. All in all, is was a very motivating event. Although women's equity in sports has come a long way, there is still much that needs to be accomplished."