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Meeks to be honored Saturday for 25 years at VU Women's Basketball helm

Vincennes University Women's Basketball Coach Harry Meeks will be honored at halftime of the VU Men's Basketball Team's game Saturday vs. Olney Central at the VU P.E. Complex.

Activities honoring Meeks for 25 years heading up the VU Trailblazer Women's Basketball Program will begin with a reception after the VU ladies' 5 p.m. game vs. Olney Central. The reception will be in the P.E. Complex's Varsity Club Room near the facility's main basketball floor. Meeks will continue to visit with friends and fans in the Varsity Club Room until halftime of the Trailblazer men's game.

"I'm very honored and proud, to say the least, but I'm also more appreciative than I can express to all the players, assistant coaches, administrators, fellow educators and others who have supported and assisted our program at VU for the past 25 years," Meeks said. "Twenty-five years is a long time to be in one coaching position, but I've been very fortunate to be with the university this long. We've seen incredible players, who were also incredible people, but we've also seen student-athletes who required more in their athletic and educational endeavors - and VU has always done what's best for our program and student-athletes and their families as a whole.

"Saturday was put together as an event to draw attention to my years with the Trailblazers but I want to make sure we fully recognize our past players, staff and everyone who gave us a boost along the way," he added. "I can't thank everyone enough, but I'll sure try."

Meeks, who is also the VU athletic director, took over the Trailblazer women's program prior to the 1991-92 season. He notched his 500th VU victory on Dec. 7, 2012. As the most successful coach in the program’s history, Meeks had an overall record through the 2014-15 campaign of 561-227. The current VU Women’s Basketball Team carried a 17-2 record into Thursday’s game at Shawnee.

In Meeks' second year with VU, he led the Trailblazer women to the program's best record ever, 32-2, and a fifth place finish in the NJCAA Div. I National Championship Tournament. Another highlight of Meeks’ VU tenure was the 1997-98 team reeling off 29 consecutive wins to start of the season. Among several NJCAA All-Americans Meeks has coached are All-American forward and 2011 State Farm/Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Junior College Player of the Year Jasmine McGhee, as well as 2014 All-American Anya Kalenta. Both players were honored following their Trailblazer careers by the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame for their outstanding play.

Meeks also previously logged 11 years in the men’s college basketball ranks. He was an assistant coach at Western Carolina for five seasons, served as an assistant coach at the University of Cincinnati for four years and worked two seasons at Virginia Tech. He began his coaching career in Danville, VA, in 1973 and later coached at a military prep school in Woodstock, VA.

A U.S. Navy veteran and native of Staunton, VA., Meeks holds a master’s degree from Virginia Tech. He and his wife, Martha, are parents of two daughters, Molly Lee and Melanie Meeks. Molly played for her father at VU before transferring to Coastal Carolina.

 

    WHAT: Program honoring VU Women's Basketball Coach Harry Meeks' 25 years as Trailblazer women's coach

    WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, at halftime of the VU Men's Basketball Team's 7 p.m. game vs. Olney Central

    WHERE: VU P.E. Complex on Chestnut Street on the Vincennes University campus

 

For more information, contact:
Lesa Tucker, VU Athletics Office Manager
lltucker@vinu.edu
812-888-4511

 

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