Barbara Schroek Torrance was a highly regarded student-athlete.  She graduated from Penn State Behrend in 1984 with an honors certificate and a bachelor of arts degree in communication.  In addition, she was a member of the Omicron Beta Kappa Honor Society and named Who's Who in American College Students.

As an athlete, Torrance excelled in volleyball, basketball and softball.  As the captain of the volleyball team, this three-year letter-winner guided the Lady Lions to a first place finish in the PAC Conference in 1984 after finishing second the two prior years.  She earned three more letters as a starter on the women's basketball team and in her junior season, led the team to the conference title.  That team advanced to the regional playoffs in southern Maine.  In addition, she served as the basketball captain in her senior year, and was a starting catcher on the women's softball team in 1983. 

In 1985, she coached the St. John's girl's basketball team to the state finals.  The team finished as the runner-up.  Since 1991, Torrance has served as an insurance agent for the Erie Insurance Group.