I have to admit sometimes I wonder where God is. It’s not until I look back on my life and see the footprints alongside me all along the way. My third grade year I lived in Lebanon, TN. I loved basketball and had a passion for it. One night my dad brought home a flyer that he had picked up and it was about a Basketball Camp at David Lipscomb College in Nashville. In one of the camps they had Dan Issel attending. He was one of my favorite players and I wanted to meet him. I did not care anything about Lipscomb or their coach, I just wanted to play some basketball and meet Dan Issel.
I went to the camp alone. None of my friends went with me. I was a shy kid so this was a good thing because I met so many friends while I was at this camp.
I also became acquainted with Coach Don Meyer. I had never met anyone like him. He had a passion for excellence that was unparalleled and every one of us knew he meant business.
Looking back I don’t remember much about Dan Issel, but I remember a lot about Coach Meyer. He seemed to care about ever camper than attended. He paid attention to the details and really inspired me to start a life long love affair with basketball that is still going today.
I started going to camps there every year , even my senior year in high school. When I as at college as a player I spent at least a part of my summer there teaching. Every year I would leave a better player, better person, a better coach, and closer to God.
My path crossing with Coach Meyer was not a coincidence. It was God leading a young boy to someone who helped him grow and want to become his best on his athletic and spiritual journey.
I have been on several basketball missions trips to the Dominican Republic and the Phillipines and hundreds were saved because we brought the life changing message of Jesus Christ.
I am now a high school basketball coach and leader of One Way HOOPS. We run basketball camps and clinics all summer long. We run the camps like the old Bison Basketball Camps with the thank you notes to the parents, notes at the end of drills, and a lot of hard work and sweat. We have goal setting and devotional times at the end of camp everyday.
Many lives have been changed because Coach Meyer was willing to follow the path that God had for him. I am sure at times it was very hard, but Coach invested in so many lives and helped so many people along the way.
What a legacy as a Christian leader, as a coach, and as a father. Until the end coach was leading, teaching, and investing in others making all those around him better. He overcame the obstacles and challenges and focus on serving God.
I have been blessed by his example, his advice, and teaching. I thank God our paths crossed long ago at Lipscomb College and the journey has continued my entire life. Thank you Coach Meyer for being a man of God who did not give up or give in but showed all of us the way to live a life of service giving God all the glory. I will always miss him and love him very much.
– Coach Todd O’Neal