WMU News

Two Bronco teams and strength coach recognized

Jan. 7, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- Two Western Michigan University athletic squads have been recognized for their sportsmanship while a member of the athletic department has been honored by his peers.

The WMU women's volleyball team and the WMU men's basketball team have been cited by the Detroit Rotary Club for having displayed the best sportsmanship in the Mid-American Conference for their respective sports during the 1998-99 seasons.

"We're very pleased to have been selected for this award," says WMU volleyball coach Cathy George. "It's a testament to the hard work and efforts our players have made to be better people on and off the court."

Bob Vezeau, WMU's director of strength and conditioning, has been selected Professional of the Year in the MAC by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Vezeau's selection comes in just his third year as department director in one of the largest conferences in the nation.

Now in his sixth season at WMU, Vezeau works closely with the Bronco football and ice hockey squads as well as overseeing WMU's 18 varsity sports and the 6,400-square foot weight training facility at the Bill Brown Alumni Football Center.

"It's a well-deserved honor for the tremendous efforts and contributions Bob has made to Bronco Athletics," says Dennis Corbin, Assistant A.D. for Medical and Support Services.

"Bob brings a lot of enthusiasm to our program. He's played a major role in the decline of injuries over the past few seasons by staying on top of the latest technology and developments in his field," said WMU football coach Gary Darnell.

Media contact: Daniel Jankowski, 616 387-4122; daniel.jankowski@wmich.edu

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