Wendy Bartlett begins her 36th year as head coach of the Trinity College 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. Despite falling to Harvard in the finals, Bartlett’s team was impressive in the Howe Cup with an 8-1 win over Penn and a 7-2 triumph against Princeton. For the 13th straight season, the Bantams took the NESCAC crown, toppling Williams, 8-1, in the finals. Trinity remains the only women’s NESCAC champion, winning every season since the inaugural championship in 2007. Bartlett was inducted into the CSA Hall of Fame in February of 2019.
In 2017-18 Barlett led the squad to a 15-3 record in dual matches and a runner-up finish in the CSA National Championship a year ago. Bartlett guided Trinity to its third Howe Cup crown in 2014, back to the national finals a year later in 2015, and to third-place finishes in 2016 and 2017. In 35 seasons, Bartlett's teams have compiled an impressive record of 423-112 for a .790 winning percentage, and Trinity has won all 13 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship titles under her watch. Bartlett was honored as the NESCAC Coach of the Year in 2012-13, 2014-15, 2015-16, and 2017-18.
In 2013-14, Trinity topped Harvard, 5-4, to win their first national title since claiming back-to-back in 2002 and 2003. The victory over the Crimson, which avenged a defeat in the 2013 finals, put an exclamation point on a tremendous campaign for Trinity. The Bantams opened its slate with 11 straight victories, including eight shutouts, and finished 16-1 in dual matches with the lone setback coming at Harvard in early February. Trinity won back-to-back Howe Cup titles in 2002 and 2004, playing perfect for the two-year stretch with a 25-0 record, and finished as the Howe Cup Runner-Up in 2004, 2006, 2013 and 2015. She has coached 51 different players who have earned All-American squash honors in 35 years including six last season.
Bartlett earned her bachelor's degree from Rollins College and obtained her master's degree in physical education from Central Connecticut State University. Before coming to Trinity, she was the director of racquet sports at the Fox Chapel Golf Club in Pittsburgh, Pa. A professor at the College, Bartlett also served as Trinity's women's tennis head coach from 1984 to 2015 and posted a 249-169-1 record with that program. Bartlett was elected to serve on the Coaches Advisory Committee for the CSA" in the spring of 2019. She emphasizes hard work and perseverance during drills, conditioning, competition and developing the tactical and strategic skills that each player can apply in competitive situations.