A teacher and dedicated
member of the Physical Education faculty beginning in 1964, Patricia Zbell-Henry
is credited with the successful introduction of varsity tennis for women at
Beginning in 1974 and continuing until her retirement, the program notched 134 wins, 29 losses and one tie during her 17 seasons as coach.
A native of nearby Campbell, Ohio, her teams won six Womenís Keystone Conference titles (1980-85) and six Presidentsí Athletic Conference titles (1985-90).
Six undefeated seasons were recorded and from 1980-85, the team compiled an 80-1 overall record. That included a 36-0 mark in conference play. She earned seven conference Coach of the Year honors.
Her .820 career winning percentage is the highest for any Grove City head coach in any varsity sport.
Miss Zbell, as she was referred to prior to her marriage in 1994, recruited and coached Athletic Hall of Fame 2008 inductee Anne Kister Parker, who is Grove Cityís only three-time Academic All-American.
Patti also served as director of modern dance, advised both the Womenís Athletic Association and the Gamma Chi social sorority, and was on the Outing Club Committee.
She earned her bachelorís degree at Kent State University and her masterís at Slippery Rock State College. After coming to Grove City, the American Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation appointed Zbell to a two-year term as sports chairman of fencing for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.