April 14, 2011
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. - The SIUE men's basketball team held its annual team banquet Wednesday night at Crystal Garden Banquet and Event center in Edwardsville.
The team recognized five graduating seniors while reflecting on its 2010-2011 season and handing out four awards.
"It was a great opportunity to recognize our seniors who are leaving the program," SIUE Head Coach Lennox Forrester said. "We also had the chance to acknowledge the hard work of all our players, staff and administrators who work to make SIUE what it needs to be."
The men's team also handed out four awards. Senior Cody Rincker was awarded the Tough Man Award. Dr. Vanessa Brown was given the Sixth Man Award. Jeren McGhee was honored with the Gerry Schlemer Cougar Pride Award. Rincker was named the recipient of the Matt Yelovich Memorial Scholarship Award.
"Cody is well deserving of both awards," Forrester said of the senior. "He exemplifies the meaning of both awards because of his hard work and dedication to our program."
Rincker is the second recipient of the Yelovich Scholarship Award which is presented in honor of Matt Yelovich, the brother of SIUE basketball player Mark, who was killed in an automobile accident during the 2008-2009 season. The award was presented by Yelovich's father Mike.
Dr. Vanessa Brown, Assistant Provost and Vice Chancellor, has been an avid supporter of men's basketball and SIUE Athletics.
"She has been instrumental in her support of our student-athletes," Forrester said of Brown. "It goes far beyond what they do on the basketball floor. She helps to provide the resources so they may be able to be all they can be in the classroom and to help them be successful after college."
The Gerry Schlemer Cougar Pride Award, named for SIUE's Assistant Athletic Director for Student Welfare and Head Athletic Trainer Gerry Schlemer, is presented annually to the person that shows tremendous support and pride in the men's basketball program. McGhee, a freshman mass communications major, served as the team's head manager all season.
Forrester said the night was about recognizing everyone who has supported the program.
"It was a great opportunity to thank our fans and all the people who have given their time to support our players and our administrators as well," he said. "They have been a great part our success as we continue to move forward."