To all former JHS volleyball members, former JHS track & field members, colleagues and friends of Coach Pat Zehr;
Sadly, Pat Zehr, former esteemed Jasper High School volleyball and track & field coach, passed away in October of 2011. To honor her legacy in girls’ high school athletics for over 25 years, a scholarship is being established through the Dubois County Community Foundation. This scholarship will be awarded each spring to a graduating female who participated in track & field and/or volleyball at Jasper High School. What a wonderful way to remember and honor this outstanding teacher, coach, and friend!
Coach Zehr was the first volleyball coach at Jasper High School. From 1973 to 1997, Pat compiled a 600-129 win/loss record, acclaimed 21 sectional, 13 regional, and 3 semi-state championships. In 1991 the Jasper High School team was state runner-up. Numerous athletes won all-state and academic all-state honors as well as all-conference honors. She was honored as the Indiana Coaches of Girls’ Sports Association (ICGSA) District Volleyball Coach of the year in 1991 and 1997 and coached the ICGSA South All-Star Volleyball teams in 1991 and 1993. Due to her many accomplishments and contributions to the sport of volleyball in the state of Indiana, she was inducted into the Indiana Hall of Fame in 2010.
Coach Zehr also started track & field for girls at Jasper High School. In track, she compiled a 230-62 record, won 10 sectionals, and 14 conference titles. She coached 76 state finalists and 1 state champion. In 1975-76, the ICGSA established the Phyllis L. Tubbs Service Award to honor a member who established longevity through several years of service to girls’ athletics. For her service in volleyball and track & field, Pat was chosen as the 2009 Phyllis L. Tubbs recipient.
Needless to say, Pat’s coaching credentials are immense. Of even more significance was Pat’s influence and positive impact on the many athletes she taught and coached. Inspired by Pat, some went on to pursue teaching and coaching careers themselves. Pat was an intense competitor who expected excellence and discipline of herself and her athletes. Her passion and enthusiasm were contagious to her players. Her faith in her players and her teams created loyalty and teamwork that led to much success.
To endow the scholarship, a goal of raising a very attainable $10,000 is required. Memorial gifts of any amount can be made payable to the Dubois County Community Foundation (DCCF) with a notation that the gift is for the Pat Zehr Memorial Scholarship Endowment. Dubois County Community Foundation, Inc. is a tax-exempt organization under Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3). Gifts to the Foundation are fully tax-deductible to the maximum amount allowable under the law. Checks may be mailed to Dubois County Community Foundation at PO Box 269, Jasper, IN 47547-0269. Any questions can be directed to the DCCF at (812)482-5295.
Thank you for your consideration. Thanks to those who have already contributed! The first scholarship in her honor will be awarded this spring and with your help the endowment will happen in the near future!