My first week of student coaching for NSU’s Men’s basketball team started the same year of coach’s car accident. Saying that things around the Barnett Center were hectic would be an understatement. The whole year flew by with tons of memories, but one in particular stands out to me more than the rest.
Being one of the new guys on the team, not a lot of people knew my name. I had been introduced to the team probably once or twice and things went as normal for a couple of days until one particular practice. We were running full court drills, so people were running around and yelling back and forth. Everyone’s attention on the players on the court. Suddenly coach started yelling across court, but no one was responding to what he was saying since he was the only one on that side, and we really couldn’t hear him. The rest of us continued on, but as we did the yelling grew louder and people started to notice that he was yelling, “JOSH!” repeatedly over at the portion of the team that was off court including the other coaches, student coaches and me. As the yelling became louder and louder, players stopped playing on the court and people started to look around for this Josh guy that no one seemed to know. Being new to the team I probably had a handful of players’ names down, so I didn’t have a clue as to who this Josh guy was and why he wasn’t answering Don Meyer. Eventually as Meyer continued to exclaim and point across court people started to move away and that finger ended up right at me. I looked behind me to find no one. As that happened a player ran across to him and whispered in his ear, “Coach, his name is Andy… not Josh” In disbelief of what he had done, he put his head down with his hands on his face. At this point I thought, “oh boy, what have I done!” and I’m sure the rest of the team felt about the same way. Suddenly though he started to smile and that turned into laughing which caused quite an uproar of laughter throughout the gym as he apologized for the confusion.
To this day, players and coaches call me by Josh, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. In fact I have a picture of coach and I signed to Josh. It showed the lighter side of coach and definitely loosened the tension at practice. And that’s one moment that I’ll never forget about one of the greatest men that I have ever met.
Thanks, Coach Meyer, I appreciate everything you have done for me.
– Andy (Josh) Hansen