Service, sports, academics factor into Meulemans honor

Rochelle Meulemans, recipient of the Horizon League’s 2008-09 Cecil N. Coleman Medal of Honor, finished her UW-Green Bay volleyball eligibility ranked eighth in school history in assists, but she accomplished much more. “Rochelle exemplifies what the true definition of a student-athlete is,” said coach Debbie Kirch. Off the court, Meulemans holds a 3.98 grade-point average in biology and plans to student teach during her final academic year. She also served as an Upward Bound and middle school tutor, and as a Phuture Phoenix mentor. Read more on this award-winner and the Coleman Medal criteria at the Athletics website.

Rochelle Meulemans is the fourth Green Bay female student-athlete to claim the Horizon League’s Coleman Medal in the last 11 years and the first since volleyball player Janelle Tomlinson in 2003-04. Previous winners were basketball standouts Kristy Loiselle (2002-03) and Chari Nordgaard (1998-99). No Horizon League school has had more female recipients than UW-Green Bay since the award’s inception in 1986-87.