Grove City honors Chief Logan grad Walters

From staff reports

GROVE CITY – Grove City College inducted Lewistown native Joe Walters into its Athletic Hall of Fame Feb. 22. Walters is a 1964 graduate of Chief Logan High School.

Walters accumulated 422 victories as in 46 total seasons as head men’s and women’s tennis coach at Grove City College. During his 40-year career at the College, he also spent 24 seasons as an assistant football coach and 16 years as associate athletic director.

In 40 years as men’s tennis coach, Walters compiled a 358-137 overall record from 1973 to 2012. Grove City earned 23 Presidents’ Athletic Conference titles under Walters’ direction, including 22 straight titles from 1991 to 2012.

The conference honored Walters as its Coach of the Year 22 times. In 2011, he led the men’s tennis team to its first NCAA Division III championship tournament appearance.

Walters served as interim women’s tennis coach in 2004 and led the team to an 11-1 record and the conference title. He became women’s tennis coach permanently in 2008 and coached the team to a 53-20 record until retiring after the 2011-12 academic year. The Wolverines won PAC titles in each of those final four seasons and qualified for the NCAA Tournament each year.

Walters earned the conference’s Coach of the Year award in 2010 and 2011.

Walters worked as an assistant football coach from 1972 to 1995. In 1996, the college promoted him to associate athletic director.

Walters graduated from Slippery Rock State College in 1968 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and recreation. He also earned his master’s of education degree in 1972 at Slippery Rock.

In September 2007, Slippery Rock inducted him into its Athletic Hall of Fame for his distinguished career in athletics. Five years later, Grove City named its tennis facility in honor of Walters and fellow Hall of Fame inductee Patti Zbell.