The first time I heard about Coach Meyer, was through a good friend of mine today, whom we met working together at a Summer Basketball Camp up in the Twin Cities. That was the Summer of 2004, when Coach Meyer had conducted his annual summer coaching academy up at Hamline University. He had told me how much Coach had had an impact on this coaching, at the time was a Head Girls Varsity Basketball Coach in South Dakota. I had took the coaches’ advice to heart, and from the moment I first met Coach Meyer that following year, in 2005, this had started a lifelong journey of soaking up all the knowledge, teaching, and life lessons that Coach Meyer so freely gave away. Over 9 years later, I am proud to say that I am a Coach Don Meyer disciple and teach his philosophies of life and basketball on a continual basis.
Coach Meyer, I vividly recall all the great memories I shared together with you at your Summer Coaching Academies, coaching at your Summer Camps, and attending your Fall Clinics on the campus of Northern St. University. The many trips I made out to Aberdeen were deeply cherished by me, because I knew at the time that I was the luckiest man alive. I had the privilege and opportunity to go and learn from a Coaching Legend, a Mentor, a Great Friend, and most of all, even a better person and man.
Which brings me to my next comment on Coach Meyer, as great of a basketball coach he is, Coach Meyer is even a better person. I cannot tell you how grateful I am for what you have done for me personally and professionally and will continue to do for the rest of my life. Not to be forgotten, Carmen, Coach Meyer’s steadfast and amazing wife, was always so kind and compassionate towards me whenever staying over at the Meyers’ house outside of Aberdeen when visiting in town for my coaching development. I will never forget, how welcome you made me feel, Coach, and Carmen, and I will forever be grateful for your hospitality and giving of yourselves to help make me a better servant leader in the coaching profession and a better man overall.