Jeanne Arnzen is the daughter of Bob Arnzen and Alice (Beining) Arnzen. Growing up with four siblings: Elaine (Class of 1973), Maria (1974), Jim (1976), and Ted (1982), two things were extremely important to Jeanne: family and sports. Her father Bob was the Hall of Fame boys basketball coach. He is the one who first inspired her to get into basketball, going to the gym together along with other basketball scouting missions.
During her time in high school at St. John's, Jeanne faced a personal tough decision that, in the end, greatly impacted her life. Deciding between cheerleading or basketball, Jeanne decided to join the girls team, and by doing this, Jeanne had seasons of success. Practicing with her dad and Coach Fran Voll, Jeanne was motivated to make her family and coach proud, putting her best effort into everything she did each and every day.
On her freshman year of high school, the bluejay basketball girls had a record of 12-6 and later advanced to the District finals. Sophomore season, the team had an astounding record of 24-0, earning them a Class A state championship. in 1978, the Jays made it to the state semi-finals, where the sadly lost a close game of 66-64 to the unbeaten team of Springboro, finishing their season with a record of 24-1. Jeanne's senior season, they finished with a record of 26-0 and was the Class AA state champions! For her high school career, Jeanne scored a total of 1,085 pts., the 9th all-time girls scorer in St. John's history. Along with that, Jeanne received numerous statewide awards and was even inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame! To this day, Jeanne still considers her teammates of 1979 to be her best of friends and she will never forget the memories she made as a bluejay basketball player.
Upon graduation, Jeanne went to college at Northern Kentucky University and played for their basketball team for two years. Later, she transferred to Bowling Green for her final two seasons where she graduated with a degree in elementary education. After earning her degree, Jeanne settled in at Madeira schools, near Cincinnati, where she recently retired after 29 years. At her school, Jeanne hosted pep rallies and got her students excited for sports, promoting exercise into a positive light for her students.
One small decision her freshman year changed the entire course of her life. Joining the bluejay basketball team is what made Jeanne into the fine, strong lady she is today. Basketball is how she developed friendships, how she spent her free time, and even how she met her husband! Jeanne met Jim Gulick on the basketball courts at the Van Wert YMCA.
"I'm totally humbled to be honored with this award.". Jeanne wishes the thank the Hall of Fame Committee for selecting her and the people who nominated her for the Arts/Athletic Achievement award.
(Article Written by Nicole Pohlman)