Immaculata University Magazine - Spring 2011 - page 59

RUCH
Janet
J
anet Ruch Boltz, a guard for the Mighty Macs
on the 1972 and 1973 national championship
teams, came to Immaculata from Archbishop
Prendergast High School. Following her graduation
in 1973 with her degree in economics, she
worked in Philadelphia in the insurance industry.
She married James Boltz in 1975, and the
couple moved to Connecticut, where their first
two children, Jonathan and Eileen, were born.
In 1979, Boltz and her family moved back to
Pennsylvania and lived in Glen Mills. After her third
child, Sarah, was born, Boltz became involved
in coaching high school summer basketball. She
coached for many years on the Catholic Youth
Organization level at her children’s school, St.
Thomas the Apostle, and for her daughters’ Delco
Lady Wildcats Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) teams.
Her passion for basketball continued, but she
chose to give up coaching to attend all her
children’s high school sporting events. Her
children are all married, with Jonathan and
Sarah living in the Washington, D.C. area, and
Eileen residing in Wilmington, DE. Her first
granddaughter, Courtney, is now one year old, and
Boltz enjoys spending her free time spoiling her.
“Women’s basketball has changed greatly since
the early 1970s,” Boltz says. “Once Title IX was
passed, girls were afforded the opportunity to
receive athletic scholarships. Once this occurred,
most girls were playing one sport year round.
AAU teams, summer camps, and clinics for
coaches as well as players were all byproducts
of Title IX. Women’s basketball has evolved into
a stronger, quicker and better-coached game.”
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