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WALTERS-ZBELL TENNIS COURTS
The Walters-Zbell Tennis Courts have served as
the home for both Grove City College Men's and Women's Tennis since the
Re-named after long-time men's coach Joe Walters and inaugural women's coach Patti Zbell in 2012, the complex features 10 competition-quality courts, providing plenty of space for both practices and matches. All 10 courts have undergone numerous renovations, including the resurfacing of the lower eight courts during the summer of 2013.
The complex has seen Wolverine squads combine to win 49 Presidents' Athletic Conference Championships- 23 for the men and 26 for the women.
Zbell coached the women's tennis team from the program's inception in 1974 until her retirement following the 1990-91 academic year. She helped the program attain varsity status in 1974 and directed Grove City to a 134-29-1 overall record during her 17 seasons as head coach. Her .820 career winning percentage remains the highest for any Grove City head coach in any sport.
Her teams won six Women's Keystone Conference titles between 1980 and 1985. During that span, Grove City compiled an 80-1 overall record, including a 36-0 record against conference opponents. Grove City then won six consecutive Presidents' Athletic Conference championships from 1985-1990. Zbell earned a combined seven Coach of the Year honors from the WKC and PAC.
The College inducted Zbell into its Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009.
Walters spent 40 seasons as the head men's tennis coach at the College and accumulated a 358-137 overall record from 1973-2012. Grove City earned 23 Presidents' Athletic Conference titles under Walters' direction, including an impressive 22 straight titles from 1991 to 2012. The PAC honored Walters as its Coach of the Year in each of his final seven seasons and 22 times overall.
In 2011, he led the men's team to its first NCAA Division III Championship Tournament appearance. Grove City advanced to the regional semifinals after opening with a 5-3 win over Elizabethtown. The Wolverines returned to the regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament in 2012, defeating Penn State-Harrisburg in the opening round before falling to #12 Middlebury in the regional semifinals.
Walters served as interim head women's tennis coach in 2004 and led the team to an 11-1 record and a conference title. He became women's tennis coach permanently in 2008, coaching the team to a 53-20 record over four seasons.
The Wolverines won PAC titles in each of those years to qualify for four straight NCAA Tournaments. In addition to his 22 honors on the men's side, Walters was named PAC Women's Coach of the Year in both 2010 and 2011.
Overall, Walters accumulated 422 overall coaching victories in 46 combined seasons, with his teams posting winning records in 42 of the 46 campaigns.