A leader of the Mid-Ohio Valley tennis community passed unexpectedly on July 24, 2016. Pam Reeves left a permanent imprint on the Parkersburg High School (PHS) tennis program in her two-plus decades as coach and on youth tennis throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley.
Born December 10, 1962, tennis had always been a large part of Pam's life since she started playing as a child. Her passion for the sport followed her to PHS where she played tennis and volleyball. After her PHS graduation in 1981, Pam attended Morehead State College in Kentucky to earn her English, health, and physical education teaching degree. She later returned to the Mid-Ohio Valley to teach. She began her teaching career at various elementary schools including Washington/Lubeck, Madison, Worthington, and Criss. Pam continued teaching and coaching at both Jackson Junior High and Hamilton Middle School. Pam was the Hamilton volleyball coach at the time of her death.
PHS's Athletic Director, Mike Hayden, hired Pam to serve as the head coach for the PHS tennis team in the early 90's. Under her guidance, the PHS tennis team won many state titles, including seven from 2000-2016. During this time, she also obtained Master Degrees from Salem International University and West Virginia University for her Master's plus 30.
Not only was her influence felt at the schools, but Pam also had a large love for tennis outside of the competitive atmosphere. She was instrumental in organizing the Vienna and Parkersburg City Park recreational summer leagues for adults and youth and for over 35 years she spearheaded the Jackson Park tennis program.
Pam's life was dedicated to her students. Family and friends recall her having shoes, shorts, and shirts in her classroom for students that needed them. They also recall the many stories of how she touched the lives of her students and teams over the years.
To continue her legacy for the love of tennis, volleyball, and the youth of our region, Pam's parents, Donald W. and Margaret Reeves, established the Pam Reeves Memorial Scholarship. Their donation, along with many donations given by local citizens, created a permanent scholarship fund that will forever provide monetary support to a PHS graduate. Pam's energetic spirit and passion for tennis, volleyball, and the region will forever live-on through this important charitable fund.