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Vincennes University Women’s Basketball Coach Harry Meeks to be inducted in to NJCAA Hall of Fame

VINCENNES, Ind. - The NJCAA Women’s Basketball Coaches Association has announced its 2020 Hall of Fame class and included among the honorees is Vincennes University Women’s Basketball Coach Harry Meeks.

Meeks has been with VU for 29 years and is the most successful coach in the program’s history. He will be inducted at the NJCAA Coaches Association All-Star weekend July 23-25 in Atlanta, Ga.

Meeks is now the first VU representative to be elected to the NJCAA Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

 “I’m very humbled by being inducted in to the hall of fame,” Meeks said. “I’ve worked at Vincennes University for a long time, since 1991. In that time, we’ve tried to produce one of the best basketball programs that we could possibly have here, and I think we’ve been successful.”

Since arriving on the VU campus for the 1991-92 season, Meeks has shown the Trailblazers to be one of the most successful programs in the NJCAA. A 10-time NJCAA district Coach of the Year and 12-time Region XII Coach of the Year, Meeks has made the Trailblazers a staple of the national tournament, most recently appearing in 2016. In Coach Meeks’ second season as coach of VU he led his team to a fifth-place finish in the tournament and set a program-record 32 wins.

Currently, Meeks boasts a 687-257 record (.728 winning percentage). VU’s record this season is 24-4 and the Trailblazers have been ranked in the NJCAA Division I poll.

“This year has been especially fun,” Meeks said. “I’m very proud to come to Indiana and become as successful as I have. Indiana basketball really is the cradle of basketball in the United States. I think if you can be successful here, you can be successful anywhere.”

With Meeks’ leadership, 25 student-athletes have received All-America honors including 2011 State Farm/Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Junior College Player of the Year Jasmine McGhee and Anya Kalenta, who was recognized by the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame for her 2013-14 All-America performance.

Though a great coach, Meeks means so much more to the community than on-court success. He has been a guiding force for student-athletes for 29 years, and has made an impact on so many lives. As the VU athletic director since 2010 he has incorporated many community-based efforts that have helped with numerous initiatives. The Play4Kay campaign has generated over $25,000 for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund since being introduced by Meeks and the Trailblazers in 2013.

“I’m especially proud to receive this because my wife, Martha, is currently very sick,” Meeks said. “She’s been here with me the entire time I’ve been here, and she is a massive part of this. She knows how much I love basketball and the girls that I coach. I would also like to thank John “JR” Rumble for nominating me, and I would like to thank VU President Dr. Chuck Johnson for his letter of support. I know he’s been such a big supporter of women’s basketball since he’s been here. I hope I’ve made the university proud as well.”

A native of Staunton, Va., Meeks is a United States Navy Veteran who received his master’s degree from Virginia Tech. Meeks and his wife, Martha Meeks, have two daughters, Molly and Melanie.

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Play4Kay

The Vincennes University Athletic Department hosts Play4Kay and raises donations for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund annually. VU Women’s Basketball Coach and Athletic Director Harry Meeks has a special connection to the late Yow, who was the longtime coach at North Carolina State. He had the pleasure of meeting her while he was an assistant coach at Western Carolina University. This left a lasting impression on him and made this cause important to him and the Trailblazers.

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The NJCAA announced on March 16 the cancellation of all spring sport competition and all upcoming basketball championships, effective immediately, due to the evolving COVID-19 situation. Spring competition includes all practices, regular season, postseason, and national championship play.

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