Barbara Boutwell earned three letters in basketball, two in volleyball and one in tennis, and was president of Women’s Varsity B at Bluffton.
She received her bachelor’s degree in 1968 with a major in elementary education and, in 1987, earned a master’s degree from Azusa Pacific University.
Boutwell taught fifth grade and coached in Wapakoneta City Schools from 1968-85. During that time, she initiated and coached girls’ basketball, volleyball, track and tennis, plus boys’ tennis. She was the Western Buckeye League tennis Coach of the Year in 1981.
Boutwell also coached tennis at Bluffton in 1981 and 1982 and was a tennis instructor at Orchard Hill Tennis Club in Lima from 1983-85 and at Ohio State University-Lima in 1985. As a player, she won 125 first- or second-place trophies from 1969-85 and was ranked fourth in the seven-state Western Tennis Association in 1983-84.
Boutwell then went on to teach fifth grade, along with seventh- and ninth-grade mathematics, in Fontana, Calif.