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Oct. 24, 2012
CONTACT: K. E. Schwab

SRU Hall of Fame member earns Octorara School District honor

Deborah Feather, a 1984 Slippery Rock University physical education graduate, has been inducted into the Octorara Area School District’s Sports Hall of Fame for her significant contributions to the school’s athletics program.

Feather, a health and physical education teacher in the district, was one of four inducted at recent ceremonies as part of the district’s homecoming celebration, according to a news story on My Octorara News, a partner with Lancaster Online.

In high school, Feather was an all-league goalie in field hockey, a basketball player and a four-time all-league softball player who was selected to play third base during all-state championship play. Also an athlete at SRU, Feather was inducted into SRU’s Hall of Fame in 2006 and was cited for lettering four seasons in softball and one season in field hockey. She closed out her collegiate career by compiling a miniscule 0.46 earned run average as a pitcher and hitting .519 as a batter in her senior season. She was a team captain in her final collegiate campaign and helped lead The Rock to a pair of national tournament appearances.

For the past 22 years, Feather has been employed as a health and physical education instructor at Octorara High School, where she served 11 seasons as softball coach and five seasons as volleyball coach. She has coached softball, volleyball, basketball and track and field at Octorara and helped Octorara players earn a softball district championship. She was also cited for writing successful grants for the school district.

She makes her home in Manheim.

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