Women's Basketball Coaching Staff - Athletics
Head Coach Harry Meeks
Harry Meeks is entering his 30th year at the helm of the Vincennes University Women's Basketball Team. He is also the VU Athletic Director. Coach Meeks notched his 600th VU victory on December 3rd, 2016. As the most successful coach in the program's history, Meeks entered the 2019-20 season with an overall record of 691-258.
Coach Meeks was inducted into the NJCAA Women's Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2020.
Coach Meeks took over prior to the 1991-92 season. The following year, he led VU to its best record ever, 32-2, and a fifth-place finish in the NJCAA Division I National Championship Tournament. Another highlight of Meeks' VU tenure was the 1997-98 team reeling off 29 consecutive wins to start off the season. Among several NJCAA All-Americans, Coach Meeks guided 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.
Coach Meeks led an Alabama high school boys team for three years prior to his arrival at VU. As the smallest school in that state's largest enrollment classification, that high school program had won only five games in the four seasons before Coach Meeks took over. Coach Meeks logged 11 years in the men's college basketball ranks before accepting the Alabama high school position. 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 for two seasons at Virginia Tech. He began his coaching career at Danville, Virginia, in 1973 and later coached at a military prep school in Woodstock, Virginia.
A U.S. Navy veteran and native of Staunton, Virginia, Coach Meeks holds a master's degree from Virginia Tech. He and his wife, Martha, are parents of two daughters, Molly and Melanie. Molly played for her father at VU before transferring to Coastal Carolina.
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Women's Assistant Coach Clyde Buck
Assistant coach Clyde Buck enters his sixth season on the Trailblazers coaching staff. Coach Buck has helped the Lady Blazers post 129 victories and only 32 losses, reach three district championship games and advance to the 2016 NJCAA Division I National Tournament. In that time, numerous players have gone on to play at NCAA Division I and II programs.
Coach Buck brings an extensive coaching resume to the table which includes stints at Eastern Michigan, Ashland, Akron and three tenures as men’s assistant coach at Wabash Valley. He was part of the Wabash Valley staff which helped guide the program to a national championship in 2001.
From 2002-09, he served as the head coach of the Wabash Valley women’s program. He was the head women's coach at Southeastern Illinois College for two years. With him at the helm, the program produced two Academic All-Americans and sent five players on to four-year schools.
Coach Buck was the boys' basketball head coach at Grayville (Illinois) High School for two seasons.
In 2019, he was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame.
Coach Buck and his wife, Mary, have three children: Jenny, Chris and Matt.
Assistant Coach Bob Ryker
Bob Ryker joins the Vincennes University women’s basketball coaching staff after spending the previous three seasons serving as the team’s manager.
Ryker began his tenure with the Lady Trailblazers prior to the 2017-18 season and was responsible for making sure the team’s gear was ready, keeping stats at away games, uploading film and coordinating practice times.
“When I was a first year student at VU, I needed to get involved with an on-campus activity,” Ryker said. “The managing position was open and I have always loved basketball.”
Coach Ryker joins the coaching staff as an Assistant where he will be responsible for coordinating campus visits for recruits, recruiting players for next season, scheduling buses for away game trips and assisting with practices and games.
Ryker says his favorite part of being a part of the women’s basketball program the past three seasons has been the team’s yearly trips to Florida. “There is no better way to start off a season than going to the sunshine state and staying on the beach.”
Coach Ryker is a native of Darlington, Ind. and is a 2019 graduate of Vincennes University, with a degree in Business Management.
“I have had 15 family members either attend or graduate from VU over the years. I knew I wanted a two-year degree in business, so it was an easy choice for me to choose Vincennes.” Ryker said.