YOUNGWOOD, Pa. – Westmoreland County Community College has named Taylor Bartlow as its new head softball coach.
Bartlow completed her softball career at Division I Robert Morris University last spring. An extremely versatile player, she played all nine positions at some point during her career at RMU, giving her a unique background to start her coaching career.
"In my career at Robert Morris, I was blessed to play alongside and against some of the best players in the country," said Bartlow. "I want to use those experiences to help our players and this program add to its accomplishments from last year and previous seasons. Having reached my dream of coaching a college softball team, I will strive to help our players not only reach their goals on the field but also find success academically. I can't wait to get started this fall and see what we can accomplish this season!"
Starting 31 games as a senior, Bartlow batted .256 and set career-highs with three home runs, 15 RBIs and 14 runs scored while also posting a strong .984 fielding percentage in 62 total chances. For her career, Bartlow played in 147 games with 118 starts. She totaled 73 hits, including five homers and 11 doubles, knocked in 31 runs and scored 41 runs.
She played at RMU after graduating from the perennial title-contending program at Hempfield High School. Bartlow helped the Spartans win the WPIAL title in 2015 and reach the state semifinals that year, the program's third trip to the state playoffs in her career. She also earned All-Section accolades following her junior season in 2014.
Bartlow will take the reins to a Westmoreland program coming off a championship season of its own. After going 4-0 against conference opponents in the regular season, the Wolfpack won their first WPCC championship since 2007 and third overall with a 12-8 victory over Butler County Community College in the title game. The victory sent Westmoreland to the District Tournament, where they lost to an experienced Suffolk CC program.
"We're truly excited to bring Taylor on as our new head softball coach," said Brian Rose, Westmoreland Director of Athletics. "Her Division I experience, versatility of playing every position so she can easily work with all of her players and being a graduate from one of the top high school programs in the state make her an ideal person to take the lead for our program and build on our success from last season. Her energy and enthusiasm for the game will make her a top recruiter and her commitment to academic success will ensure our players will be as strong in the classroom as they are on the field."
Bartlow is finishing her bachelor's degree in Regular and Special Education at Robert Morris, where she has better than a 3.8 GPA and been inducted into the National Collegiate Honor Society.