LANCASTER, Pa. – On Tuesday, Franklin & Marshall Director of Athletics and Recreation Patricia S.W. Epps was inducted into the Lancaster County Sports Hall of Fame. She and two other inductees received the J. Freeland Chryst Athletic Achievement Award and were enshrined at the group's annual awards banquet at Lancaster Catholic High School.
Epps began her athletic career as an active participant in various sports at J.P. McCaskey High School, graduating as No. 1 in her class and receiving the Senior Outstanding Athlete Award in 1967. She participated in tennis and was a member of the soccer and field hockey teams while at the school. As a senior, she was part of the McCaskey team that competed in the inaugural Lancaster County Field Hockey League, and was a member of the Dolphin Club, serving as President her senior year, and the Leaders Club.
Her career has continued into the present, as she currently serves as Franklin & Marshall's Director of Athletics and Recreation. She has held the position since 2007, when she became the first woman to hold the title in the College's history. Epps has assumed several capacities within the department since 1978, including a 30-year stint as head coach of the women's tennis team and 23 seasons at the helm of F&M women's squash.
Her tennis squads captured 11 conference championships, had 15 individuals and seven teams compete in the NCAA Division III Championship, with two of those teams reaching Final Fours. In squash, her 201 wins is a program record, while 20 of her student-athletes were recognized as All-Americans.
Epps served as the president of the Women's College Squash Association for six years. The Epps Cup is named in her honor, a permanent trophy presented to the winners of the D division of the National Team Championships.