Coaching Staff - Athletics
Head Coach Harry Meeks
Harry Meeks is entering his 29th 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 664-253.
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 fifth season on the Trailblazers coaching staff. Coach Buck has helped the Lady Blazers post 102 victories and only 27 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.