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Jacquelyn V. Zanghi, 62, athletic director at Nardin Academy, died Sunday (Oct. 5, 1997) at Mitchell Campus of Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a lengthy illness. She was a resident of Amherst.

Ms. Zanghi graduated from Bennett High School in 1953. She received her bachelor's degree in education from the University of Buffalo in 1957, specializing in physical education.

Ms. Zanghi began her career as a physical education teacher in Niagara Falls at North Junior High School after graduating from college and remained there for five years.

She began her career at Nardin Academy in January 1966 and continued as a teacher, coach and athletic director until her death. She had been the coach of both the basketball and volleyball teams.

Her career at the school was the longest of any layperson.

With her characteristically low voice and energetic manner, Ms. Zanghi was the sort of coach who provided inspiration for Nardin girls on the court and, often, wise counsel off the court. In winning and losing seasons alike, she was always positive and encouraging.

"Jackie Zanghi excelled at spotting and nurturing athletic talent, but she did much more," said Margaret Sullivan, a 1975 Nardin Academy graduate who played basketball and volleyball under Ms. Zanghi. "She was a true friend to the girls she coached."

The trustees of Nardin Academy have named two awards in her honor. She was the first recipient in 1985 of the Distinguished Service Award, and the Athlete of the Year Award has been renamed the Jacquelyn V. Zanghi Athlete of the Year Award.

Ms. Zanghi was a co-founder of the Bea Massman Athletic League.

Survivors include two sons, Peter E. of Amherst and Paul F. of East Aurora, and two sisters, Jill McGowan of the Town of Tonawanda and Jayne Hubbell of Amherst.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in Ascension Lutheran Church, 4640 Main St., Amherst. Burial will be in Acacia Park Cemetery, Pendleton.


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