Two-time All-American brings eight years of Division I coaching experience to staff.
A two-time All-American and Midwest native with eight years of Division I coaching experience, Megan Ciolli Bartlett joined the Boilermaker softball staff as an assistant coach on July 21, 2014. Ciolli Bartlett, who found success as an outfielder at Notre Dame and with the Chicago Bandits, comes to Purdue after coaching stints at Loyola Chicago, Northern Illinois and DePaul.
"Megan is a great addition to our staff," head coach Kim Schuette said. "I love her fire, competitiveness and energy. There's something to be said about a great player who played professionally but has also had to work her way up in the coaching ranks. Her experiences, passion, work ethic and ambition make her special. Megan has an infectious personality and drive and we are proud to being her back to her home state of Indiana. What a great time for Purdue softball."
Ciolli Bartlett spent the 2013-14 season as a volunteer assistant coach at DePaul, where she helped the Blue Demons to Big East regular season and tournament titles and an NCAA Regional berth.
"I am beyond thrilled to join Coach Schuette and Coach Dorey at Purdue," Ciolli Bartlett said. "They have already done a tremendous job in a short amount of time working toward Purdue Softball becoming a national powerhouse. Being born and raised in Indiana, I have so many friends and family that are proud Boilermaker alums. I am very grateful for the opportunity to carry on such a proud and illustrious tradition."
From 2007 to 2012, she was an assistant coach at Northern Illinois, where she acted as recruiting coordinator, offensive coordinator and camp coordinator. She guided the Huskies hitters to multiple single season records and helped the team to the top 40 nationally in doubles (2nd, 1.81 per game), batting average (24th, .312), scoring (33rd, 5.49 runs per game) and slugging percentage (39th, .461) in 2011. Several of her charges went on to All-Mid-American Conference and all-region honors. Ciolli Bartlett worked with both the infielders and outfielders during her time at NIU.
The Terre Haute, Ind., native started her coaching career as a graduate assistant at Loyola Chicago from 2005-2007. She trained multiple all-region and all-Horizon League outfielders, while helping guide the Ramblers to the 2007 regular season title. The Loyola staff received Horizon League coaching staff of the year honors in 2007.
A two-time All-American (2004 and 2005), and the 2004 Big East Player of the Year, Ciolli Bartlett played center field for Notre Dame, acting as team captain her senior year. A four-time All-Big East and All-Mideast Region performer, she completed her Irish career as the program's all-time leader in hits (284) and stolen bases (76), while ranking in the top five in batting average (2nd, .368), at-bats (2nd, 771) and runs (2nd, 161). As a senior, Ciolli Bartlett batted .386 with 11 doubles and 28 RBI and a school-record 32 stolen bases, while leading the Irish to a 45-13 record and the Big East Conference regular season title. As a junior in 2004, she was conference player of the year, all-region and third team All-America after batting .397 with 44 runs and 20 steals.
Ciolli Bartlett went on to play professionally for the Chicago Bandits in 2005 and 2006, helping the team to the National Pro Fastpitch regular season title both seasons.
A three-sport athlete at North Vigo High School in Terre Haute, she was named Indiana Miss Softball and Gatorade Player of the Year in 2001, while also competing in basketball and soccer.
Ciolli Bartlett earned her bachelor's degree in business administration at Notre Dame in 2005. She completed her master's of business administration in heathcare administration in 2007 and went on to earn a juris doctor from Northern Illinois in 2012. A licensed attorney in the state of Illinois, Megan is married to Mike Bartlett, a former professional hockey player.