Bea Pratt is the pioneer in stabling girls athletic programs at Bartlett High School.
Bea began coaching and teaching physical education and science at Bartlett in 1936. A 1935 graduate of Boston University School of Physical Education, she was the first full-time women’s coach at Bartlett, expanding the girls basketball program in 1938. She also started the field hockey program in 1937 and the softball program in 1947.
Bea coached four undefeated teams while at the helm of athletic programs. The 1940 basketball team compiled a 9-0 record and the 1946 team had an 8-0 mark; the field hockey team had an 8-0 record in 1940; and the softball team finished with an 8-0 record in 1951.
Her commitment to the girls athletic program was the prime reason for successful results during her coaching tenure. Her players described Bea as an energetic and devoted mentor. She was admired and respected not only by the athletes but also by students in her classes. She strived to set goals to develop character and high personal values. Bartlett High School faculty and Worcester County coaches also regarded her in high esteem.
Bea managed summer camps in Maine, New Hampshire, and Cape Cod before retiring from coaching. After 18 years of coaching, she remained in the classroom at Bartlett teaching biology and science.
She was honored several years ago when the Webster Senior Center named the Bea Pratt lounge for her devotion and contribution to the Webster-Dudley Communities.
Two sisters, Ms. Corinne Pratt and Mrs. Florence Pratt Lucas of Webster survive her.