Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Where Are They Now: Megan Ciolli Bartlett

Who is she? Megan Ciolli Bartlett, a former all-American outfielder for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, a multiple-time NPF champion, and a longtime Division 1 coach.

What is she known for? Ciolli earned all-American honors in 2004 and 2005, the final two years of her playing career. She was named the Big East conference's Player of the Year after the 2004 season, and ended her collegiate career with her name atop multiple statistical records in the Fighting Irish history books. She went on to a career in the NPF, playing for the Chicago Bandits in 2005 and 2006 and helping lead the team to the league's regular-season title both years. 

Here's something interesting... Prior to taking her current position, Megan took a season away from coaching to follow her husband's hockey career overseas. Living in Austria and Denmark, she calls the time spent abroad "an amazing experience!" and shares, "we got to travel all over Europe together: Oktoberfest in Germany; skiing in Austria; day trips to Italy; sightseeing in Switzerland and Sweden... the list goes on and on!"... also of note is that Megan holds a juris doctor and is a licensed attorney in the state of Illinois.

Quotable quote: "My proudest moments run like a highlight reel in my brain and I’m grateful for every one of them. As a player, it typically consists of big hits. Game winners or a bases clearing triple. I definitely remember hitting a home run to win the first game of my first-ever conference tournament with Notre Dame. Coach Gumpf called me a gamer. That was nice! As a coach, it’s watching my players succeed and that comes in all different forms. An outfielder’s first diving catch, maybe a right hander's first bunt for a hit and a few game-winning hits mixed in there too! All important and all special. Celebrating the little successes is the best part of this job. Small victories lead to much greater ones."

What's she up to now? Megan is completing her first season on staff at Purdue University. "I'm very lucky to have landed in West Lafayette," she shares. Prior to her time overseas, Megan also has spent time as an assistant coach in some capacity at Loyola-Chicago; Northern Illinois; and DePaul.

Contact information: You can follow Megan & the Purdue softball team's season and off-season endeavors on Twitter @PurdueSoftball

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