James P. Zerface
Sport(s): Basketball (Men's)
Dr. James P. Zerface '62 left his mark on the basketball program during his four years at DePauw. In addition to starting for the varsity team the entire season his freshman year, he was the leading scorer on the freshman team. He started an additional 66 consecutive games as guard for the varsity team for a total of 72 games in a row over four years. He averaged over 11 points and six rebounds per game during his varsity career, while serving as the floor general for the team. He was regarded as the team's strongest defensive player and was always assigned to defend the best guards on opposing teams. During his junior year, he was named team captain and earned the award for most competitive player. He was also named team captain during his senior year. Zerface finished his career as the eighth all-time leading scorer and was ranked second for all-time best free throw percentage. In 1959-60 he led the Tigers by making 58 out of 71 for a .817 percentage. He earned three letters and was chosen to the all-sectional team three times, all-regional once and all-semi-state once. After earning a B.A. in psychology at DePauw, he earned a M.A. in educational psychology and Ed.D. in counseling psychology from Indiana University. He worked with the Nashville, Tenn., public school system for 27 years as director of pupil personnel services, administering a guidance and counseling division. After retiring in January 2000, he spent the following three years at Vanderbilt University as a research associate in the Center for Psychotherapy Research. He now volunteers as the director of public and community relations for Urban Housing Solutions. Zerface is also a successful country music songwriter whose music has been recorded by major recording artists, including Jerry Lewis and Reba McEntire. He resides in Nashville, Tenn., with his wife, Wendy.