Memorial Service Arrangements Set for Legendary Coach Don Meyer

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ABERDEEN, S.D. – Memorial service arrangements have been set for legendary basketball coach Don Meyer, who passed away Sunday after a courageous six-year battle with cancer.

A memorial service was held in Aberdeen, S.D., on the campus of Northern State University at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, May 24, in the Joseph H. Barnett Center on Don Meyer Court.

A second memorial service will be held in Nashville, Tenn., on the campus of Lipscomb University at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 1, on Don Meyer Court in the Lipscomb University Allen Arena.

The Master Motivator

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Coach has moved on to Heaven. He went HOME yesterday and as it was his best day, for all of us left behind it was a pretty tough day. I am so proud of coach and how many people he has affected for the cause of Jesus Christ. He was the epitome of servant leadership and every time I was around him I learned so much. I don’t think Coach is taking a break in Heaven, I think he is talking, teaching, loving, praising, and helping everyone there.

Life here is about dealing with loss. The longer I live the more loved ones and friends I have that move on. Dealing with this loss is tough, but as Coach Meyer did in life, he has done in death- motivated. I want to do more for the cause of Christ, I want to be a better husband, coach, believer, and live on purpose for His purpose. I want to get to the end and hear “well done my good and faithful servant.” I don’t want to go quietly and want to help change the world for the better and leave it a little better place. Thank you Coach for motivating me to be all I can be for His Glory. Enjoy Heaven my friend. We will meet again.

-Todd O’Neal


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Seldom in your life do you encounter a individual that makes an impact like Coach made on our family. What started out as a gesture caring for his lawn while he was laid up, to a small 4 year old son asking to go to his office to pray with him, turned into a six year friendship. Spectators watching him on the sidelines seen him as a gruff and ruff coach that appeared focused and tough on his players. Those of us that got to know him on a personal level (which at times during the season seemed an impossible barrier to break) seen him as a kind, caring, compassionate and lovable individual that would give the shirt off his back. We were fortunate and able to experience many things that will have lifelong impacts like this giant cuddling up with our son or daughter in his chair giving them head massages until they both fell asleep watching baseball, or watching him sit on the tailgate of my pickup in the driveway teaching our youngsters the proper technique of shooting and the correct stance for the triple threat, or experiencing him stopping by for every birthday or calling and singing to the kids if his travels took him out of town. We also got to experience this man larger than life coming to watch a 5 year old play little league basketball or our daughter playing basketball, when turnovers exceeded points. We also had the pleasure of Coach and Carmen just stopping by to say hello to see how we were doing or offer words of encouragement, but most importantly we got to experience the love he showed us in his final days, and the love to the Lord even when the pain was more than he cared to bare But through it all he never lost focus on the grand prize of eternal life and taught us life lessons right to the end that will stay with us a lifetime. We are forever blessed and thankful to have met such a great man and a great family. Praise be to God.

– Greg Wieker

To Coach

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I never met Coach, but in my first year at Northern he has sure inspired me. I would walk by his office every week and he’d be in there working away. I always knew he was great, but when I heard him speak at avera days I was blown away. This man was so firmly planted in his faith. He leaned on God with every ounce of his being. It was a great day in heaven when God could welcome Coach home.

Thank you, Coach, for inspiring me and showing God’s love to all that you have touched.

– Kayla Nuese

Keep Smiling

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I was walking in the Barnett Center one day and really was having a bad day. Coach stopped me and what he was doing to see what was up and why I was down. in that one little moment, he changed me. Always there to help a person out. Always there for advice. What a great man.

– Emily Johnson

He was an Amy Grant fan and a very spiritual person.

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I work at NSU and had to install Skype on his computer in his office a while ago. He had some CD’s laying on the area behind his desk. One that was in front was Amy Grant’s greatest hits. So I said to him, “You must be an Amy Grant fan”. He went on to tell me that he had met her and there was one song that he had heard at a game that he really liked. She must have made a big impression on him because he kept emphasizing how good of a person she was. He didn’t remember the title of the song, but I’m sure she knew if you asked her since he talked to her. In conclusion, I got the impression that he was a very spiritual person.

– Jerome Brandner

Don Meyer

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My prayers and thoughts are with the Meyer family upon the passing of Coach Meyer. He was a wonderful man and a terrific basketball coach who truly loved the game. His willingness to give to others of his time and knowledge was exemplary. One of the kindest things to be said about any person is “he was unique.” Don was certainly that and much more. His focus and dedication to his craft was unsurpassed. He and a number of other great coaches who matriculated through U. of Northern Colorado taught the game as well as any coaches have. I used to marvel at his desire to get down to the essence of the topic at hand. He wanted to determine, in an unerring manner, the best and most simple way the game could be taught and coached. At the core he was a teacher with the mindset of a scientist. He NEVER stopped thinking about how to do it better. He was also funny and self effacing. I thought his humbleness and kindness were hallmarks of his life as much as were the achievements. I never got to spend enough face time with Don but the phone came in handy to develop a feeling for him. Upon reading about Don’s passing this morning my first emotion was a great sense of loss, knowing that a very special person would no longer be walking among us.

– Ron Adams

‘It doesn’t cost nothing to be nice to people’

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Imagine losing the love of your life.

Imagine that, plus having to share your pain with the rest of the world. And if you don’t, someone else will tell your story whether you want them to or not, fuzzy facts included.

I saw some of that Sunday morning around the Meyer household where their beloved husband and father, Don, had died an hour earlier. By the time I arrived — only to offer my condolences — the media storm had started.

I could not imagine having such a private moment, and having so many wanting to take it immediately to the public stage. Including me.

For that, I am sorry.

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Great friend and coach

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I met Don at the University of Utah in 1971 when we were graduate students and assistant coaches together (same office). We later coached against each other when he was at Hamline and I was at UMD. I learned so much from him over that 5 year period and it helped me the rest of my life. He was so good at organization and motivation! No wonder he was such a success in everything he did and he aLways did it the right way. He made a positive influence on thousands of lives.

We are thinking of Carmen and the family and know how he will be missed but how many great memories you will have.

– Maury and Loretta Ray

Thank you, Coach

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We brought our high school team to the Northern State Team Camp the last few years of Coach’s career. My favorite part of the camp was the 2nd night, when Coach Meyer would sit at a table and invite anyone to stop by and talk about basketball and coaching. Our staff would stay for two hours plus. Never wanted those conversations to end. I learned so much about basketball and life in just a short couple of hours. I am so thankful to him for taking the time with us and also for sharing his teaching on the coaching videos. Thanks, Coach. You are already missed.

– Dave Leiser

Influence and Inspiration

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When I was 25 years old, I seriously considered leaving my job as a research scientist to pursue college coaching. I wasn’t bold enough to do that, but I did leave to be a HS science teacher and now a head boys basketball coach at a small HS. I saw Don Meyer speak at 2 coaching clinics and those talks profoundly impacted my life. His wit, knowledge, and wisdom were truly remarkable. Besides John Wooden, coach Meyer set an example of love, passion and enthusiasm that all of us young coaches should model and admire.

At a 2011 clinic in Wisconsin Dells I saw coach Meyer speak. After burning through 11 pages of notes during his talk, I approached him after the talk. I was more nervous approaching him than approaching a girl! I told him I left my profession to coach, and I’ll never forget him looking me in the eye and saying “we are so lucky to have people like you in this profession. God Bless you. Find a small town where you can build a program, make it really meaningful, impact kids and if you make it to a state tournament the whole town will be proud of you.”

I heeded that advice. I now coach in a town of 12,000 people, and due to some amazing kids, we made it to the State Tournament in my first season. It was an experience I’ll never forget. But much like Coach Meyer would say, it’s not about the wins and losses, it is about the process. I love helping kids get better, helping teams improve and most of all cherishing the relationships that we get to form as coaches. Don Meyer will be missed. His impact will last forever. He was a servant-leader, a Christian, and set an example that was truly one of a kind.

– Sean Keating

Coach’s visit to Columbus

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I am so fortunate to have been able to meet, know and learn from Coach Don Meyer. One of the greatest highlights in my time as an A.D. was being able to bring him to Columbus and have him share with our coaching staff, community and kids. His work in all walks of life has and will impact so many and I hope to be able to be a servant leader as Coach aspired for us all to be.

My two favorite “Coach” stories from that trip –

1. After taking time to present to our local Sertoma group over the noon hour, Coach had some calls to make in the car on the way back to the hotel. While neither one was successful in reaching the intended target on the other end of the line, hearing him leave voicemails for both Pat Summitt and Herb Sendek was something truly special, especially as he panned to be “Bob from Bob’s Bean and Beet Farm” on Sendek’s voicemail.

2. Coach Meyer made it a point to bring my father Mark (who is legally blind) along for the trip to Columbus, giving him an additional chance to spend time with his son — something that we were gratefully appreciative of and did truly treasure. The trip to Columbus itself was not without some issue, however, as the group faced a blizzard while driving throughout much of South Dakota and Nebraska. At one point, when the situation seemed really desperate, Coach turned to his driver and quipped “Geesz, Don, it’s so bad out here, we just as well pull over and let Mark drive.”

Every time I had a chance to see or talk to Coach after that trip, he was always ready to share that story, and really enjoyed talking about that venture — his relationship with so many was truly and simply amazing.

– John Krogstrand

Focus on Fundamentals

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Don Meyer’s coaching impact is one that has touched players and coaches at all levels. His focus on the fundamentals of basketball is legendary as any former player, colleague, or basketball camper will attest. The players in the Beech High School Boys Basketball program feel the impact of Coach Meyer each day at practice. Whether preparing in the preseason, regular season, or postseason, the simple but highly effective Shot Progression Drills signal the start of each and every Beech practice. Although I never played for, met, or saw Coach Meyer speak, his influence is still there. Coach Meyer, a coaching legend, will be missed but his influence will remain.

– Darrin Joines
Boys Basketball Coach
Beech High School (TN)

Coach, Mentor, Friend

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My experience with Coach Meyer has spanned 20 years. He spoke at our clinic at Valpo every other year. He also did the clinic every spring. One year I picked him up in Fort Wayne and we drove to Upland. Coach gave a whole new perspective to the flat farmland. He went on and on about the beauty. It wasn’t until I went to visit him in Aberdeen that I better understood his perspective. He taught me so much. On the day I was fired after 18 years at a school he was one of the first to call. The day I got hired he called. I am still amazed at how many people he touched. At one of our recent encounters he showed me his prayer list. I was simply amazed by the number of people he was systematically praying for. He was so much more than a basketball coach. He cared, he really cared! This past fall he came to Wright State to speak at our clinic. He shared with our players. Today I got several texts from our players saying how much his interaction with them impacted them. Because he cared he touched lives.

Thank you Coach.

– Keith Freeman

Coaches Clinic and a young Jayhawks fan

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At one of Coach Meyer’s Coaches Clinics in Aberdeen, the guest coach was Kansas Jayhawk’s, Bill Self. My son had just finished attending Northern’s basketball camp and learned that Coach Self would be speaking the next day. My son is a huge Jayhawks fan so he and my husband returned the next day to listen. After the session, they were just standing to the side watching Coach Self give an interview to the newspaper. Coach Meyer approached them and asked if my son would like to get his autograph. They had never dreamed that would be a possibility so they were not prepared. Coach Meyer said wait here-I’ll go get you a marker from my office. Then he proceeded to escort them to Coach Self where he introduced them and my son got his shirt signed. My son still has that shirt and he still remembers that day vividly.

Coach Meyer was very busy that day. But he noticed a young boy standing in the shadows. And he took the time. That’s just one of the things that made Coach Meyer so special. He took the time.

– Doreen Binger

My First and Greatest Coaching Mentor

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When I was a sophomore in high school, I first got the idea that I wanted to be a basketball coach. I reached out to every coach I had read about and, having read “How Lucky You Can Be,” this included Coach Meyer. Although a few coaches responded with best wishes, only Coach Meyer took the time to send a long, thoughtful reply, full of advice, encouragement, and documents that he used during his time as a coach. As the years went on, we continued to stay in touch and Coach continued to send me anything that he thought might be helpful. The foundation of everything I try to do as a coach, and the foundation of who I try to be as a person, is based on what Coach Meyer has taught me and what he has demonstrated to all of us through the way he coached, taught, and lived. I am beyond grateful to call him my first and greatest role model and mentor in coaching…and in life.

– Jack DiMatteo

A Lifetime of Lessons

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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.

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As a high school coach from NW North Dakota, it was always a pleasure to attend Coach Meyer’s camps and clinics. He understood the trials and tribulations of all coaches, but more incredibly he always mad you feel that your issues were his issues. He never wavered on sharing coaching thoughts, tips, and X’s & O’s. His ability to make you feel that you were his friend and colleague no matter where or what level you coached. His unwavering faith was a beautiful strength and it had served him well. Coach Meyer, you will be missed by all however your spirit will continue thru eternity as your coaching tree is wide and far.

– Ken Keysor

Peach ice cream and Coach

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I was just a freshman at Lipscomb walking to class when I said “hi” to the newly arrived Coach Meyer he stopped and asked me and my friend if we liked peach ice cream. When we said yes he tols us to be at his house tonight for homemade peach ice cream, gave us his address and walked off. We didn’t know if he was serious or not but the two of us reluctantly showed up and there he was with his ice cream freezer fixing peach ice cream. We had a great evening. I went on to take every class I could (from speedball to advance basketball to coaching( that he taught and today I try to mold high school basketball players into godly men as he did. That bowl of ice cream changed my life. Thanks Coach – go enjoy your greatest victory!!!

– Woody Biggs

Team not the Individual

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I was waiting for a friend near the locker-room door after a home game. Coach Meyer had taken just one player out of the locker-room, away from the pack. He said to him, “You have two choices: You can play like a team member or you can go home. We don’t need any hot-shots here; all we need are team-players.” If you think about it, that’s why so many of his teams looked a little bit alike, even though the individual players changed over the years. They had learned his way of playing–unselfishly. Would that our workplace teams could emulate his coaching philosophy on team and humility.

– Anne Holmquest

What A Caring, Giving Coach – Nobody Better

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As an assistant coach with Terry Smith at Lake Superior State many years ago, we decided we wanted to offer the coaches in the Eastern Upper Peninsula a first-class coaching clinic. We wondered what it would take to get Coach Meyer to travel all the way to Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan to headline our clinic. If you have ever been there, you know it is not exactly “on the way” to many places (other than Canada!). Well all it took was a phone call and a request and the availability on his calendar. All he asked for was travel money to get to campus. What an incredible clinic he provided to all of the coaches who attended back in the early 90’s. His selfless and caring heart and incredible desire to help EVERYONE in our coaching profession is something I will NEVER forget. I know I speak for everyone who has ever had the opportunity to learn from Coach Meyer – We will be forever grateful!!! Rest in Peace.

– Jamie Angeli

Incredible Person

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I first learned of Coach Meyer when I heard him speak at a clinic in Atlantic City in the early 90’s. He was surrounded by many incredible coaches that included Bob Knight, Pat Summit, Tara Vandeveer, Fran Frachilla and many others. Listening to all the coaches, I carried all of what Coach Meyer said throughout my coaching career.
When I had my first child in 2001,I was in my third year as a varsity basketball coach. In 2003, my daughter had seizures that were uncontrollable. She was put in a medically induced coma and pumped full of medications. Nothing worked. She underwent brain surgery and doctors removed most of her left frontal lobe of her brain. She lost her ability to walk and talk. Today she is 12 and still cannot walk and talk.
I tell this story not for myself, but for what Coach Meyer did for me. After his accident, I reached out to him and told him where I had seen him speak and about my daughter. His responded to my email and also sent a packet if inspirational material with a hand written letter. His words on that page spoke of everything that he was about. Selflessness, caring, belief and strength. When telling him that this forced me to give up coaching, he emphasized that nothing is more important than family and faith.
Although I had never had the chance to personally meet Coach Meyer, he will be an integral part of my life moving forward.
My condolences to his wife and family.

– Robert Romanyshyn

A Chance Encounter

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Years ago, as a Winona State student, a few buddies and I treked up to Aberdeen to see a national televised match up between WSU and Meyer’s Northern State Wolves. After driving all night we arrive at 8am, just enough time to relax before game time. We stop by the arena bathroom to freshen up (long drive).

Lo and behold, an older gentleman walks into the bathroom with his shaving kit. None of my buddies knew who it was, but I was well aware. It was Don Meyer. I wished Coach Meyer well on the day, he asked if we drove up or stopped some where, then recommended a buffet in town before we left (he was right about it!)

It was a small moment, but I’ll always remember chatting with a coaching legend in a arena bathroom before a game. He was genuinely polite and interested in our travels, despite clearly being opposing fans.

RIP Coach Meyer

– Greg White

Knew my name after one conversation.

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I met Coach Walt Ayers at Coach Meyer’s Basketball Camp at Lipscomb. Later while working for Coach Ayers at Bluefield College, Coach Meyer would call and I had the job of answering the phone, and Coach Meyer called one day. I took a message, and he asked my name and we spoke briefly about his camp and how I came to know Coach Ayers. From that point on, every time I answered the phone, he recognized my voice and greeted me by name. The only other person I have known that could do this was Coach Dean Smith.

– Brian Purvis

Farewell, My Coach

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I love you, Coach, but you were wrong. At least one time in your life, you did not have the predetermined answer to your own question. When you approached me that day, in that sweaty high school gym, and mandated, “You really don’t want to coach, do you?” “Barb could really use your assistance in the front office.”, you were wrong. You did make me think, however, and reflect, and prioritize, just like you demanded of all you players…and I went; and I listened, and learned. And I literally would not be who I am today, 25 years worth of youth coaching later, without that inquisition, and opportunity. That and, because of our discussion, you literally turned me into what I am today…The Bull.

It’s funny to think about now, how one conversation, or coronation (I felt like I was being knighted), lead me to an alter ego, or identity, by which I’ve been recognized for over two decades: Bull Deuschle. There are some people who couldn’t even tell you my real name, all because of that encounter.

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Thank You Coach

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I first met Coach Meyer in June of 2009 at what would be his final Coaching Academy in Aberdeen. My uncle had invited me up to listen to him speak, but I wasn’t crazy about the idea as I had planned on working the Kansas Jayhawks basketball camp the week prior! I had just finished my second year of coaching and was looking to gain any sort of out-of-bounds play or special play that would help me win the state title! Therefore, I decided to make the trip from Lawrence, KS to Aberdeen, SD (roughly 9 hrs) right after camp in order to gain any last minute coaching nuggets that night. I was pretty blown away, not only that night, but by the entire weekend with all of the information Coach was willing to give out. Much of what I gathered from Coach wasn’t about X’s and O’s, it wasn’t that out-of-bounds play I so desperately wanted, and it wasn’t anything I could draw up on a marker board with 20 seconds left in the game. What I learned from Coach Meyer that weekend was that there was more to basketball than winning basketball games. I learned that turning boys into men and doing things the right way was a lot more important than any “W”. I left the academy keeping in touch with Coach every so often through email as I always felt he had the right answers to every basketball question I had. He ways always willing to recommend a book and had an endless amount of quotes he was willing to share. I want to thank the Meyer family for sharing him with the coaching world, and thank you Coach Meyer for everything! You made me a better coach, but more importantly you made me a better person.

– Adam Stotz

Reflecting on Coach

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I worked as a student assistant coach with Coach at Lipscomb from 1993-98. He was a mentor and father figure to me in a difficult time in my life, and I’m so thankful for the time I had with him, Carmen, their family, and Bison Basketball.

I wasn’t able to stay as connected as I’d have liked with Coach after I graduated in 1998. I got married, started my own coaching career in Arkansas, and was focused on other things. But those of you who know me best know how close I was to Coach while at Lipscomb. So I’d call him every now and then to check in and see how things were going, and he’d always have some new idea or motivational thought to send my way. And he always asked again for my address. I don’t know if he burned it every time or thought I moved every three months. But one time I called and was just thanking him for all he’d always done for me and talking about how much I enjoyed my time with him at Lispcomb (you remember that “Say It Now” stuff he handed out every year at camp, right?), and he interrupted me and said “Well, Pat, none of us can live in the past. Life moves on, and we all have to move on and keep living.” At the time, I was a little hurt by it. But I came to realize that he wasn’t saying “never call me again, I’ve got new people to interact with.” He was just reminding me that there are always new people and new challenges and new opportunities. And he was right. It’s good to stay in touch and reminisce, but there’s always work to be done and people in arm’s reach that we can bless.

I know without a doubt that Coach loved every one of us who he coached and worked with. I know he prayed for us. I know he went the extra mile time and again to help us if we ever needed anything. I probably got to spend as much or more time with him than almost anybody during the five years I had at Lipscomb, and for those who only knew him from his public persona, just know that he was an even better man than the public might think. At home, riding in his car, in hotels at clinics, on recruiting trips, in quiet times, he was just an incredibly kind, thoughtful, humble, God-fearing man.

So if he was here now, I’m sure he’d say–among other things–to not get so focused on the past that we lose sight of the present. He’d want us to take good care of one another, honor where we’ve come from by doing the next right thing every chance we get, and passing along our blessings to the people around us.

My heart is heavy. My cheeks are wet. But I’m so grateful for Coach and for all of you who were part of Bison Basketball. I love you all.

God bless.

– Patrick Barber

A special man

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Coach Meyer was an incredible man. He was always looking to help someone out as well as lift them up. As a young coach in the early 90’s I called to see about purchasing a coaching tape done by Coach. He answered the phone and tried convincing me to buy the whole VCR Tape set. I explained I couldn’t afford them and he said okay and I purchased my one video. A week later the whole set arrived. After that a month didn’t go by where he didn’t send me something motivational or inspirational for me or my team. He always stressed giving back and that is what he did for me and many others. I went to here Coach speak one to two times a year ( for over 20 years)because I could learn so much but more importantly I felt better as a person. He cared about basketball but he also cared about me becoming a better man, father, husband, teacher, etc.. Coach always wanted to make sure I was working as hard in my walk with God as I was becoming a better Coach. Thanks Coach and my you rest in Peace.

– Marty Alwardt

I became a better coach/person

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I first met Coach Meyer back in the 90’s. He spoke at the National Coaches convention in Sioux Falls, SD. After sitting in his clinic I knew this man had coaching and life figured out. I was hooked on the Don Meyer way. A few years later Coach Meyer took over the NSU program. Coach Meyer started recruiting Matt Hammer, who played for me in HS. I got to know Coach and had many great visits with him about basketball and life. A few years later our team won the State HS championship and I can honestly say if it wasn’t for the advice and all the other little things about life that coach Meyer taught me that probably wouldn’t of happened. I want to thank Coach for that. My biggest regret is I never told him that personally, but somehow I think he knows. Thanks Coach Meyer and rest now. Go pitch that perfect game!

– Ervin Gebhart

Honored To Know Him

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When I decided to attend NSU, Coach Meyer seemed bigger than life. As one of the winningest coaches in the game, I almost felt unworthy to be in his presence. My wife and I were at the game that he broke the record for most wins. So when he contacted me to design and develop his site, I was taken back a little. The whole experience was great! After the launch, my wife and I went to Coach’s house to show him the ins and outs of the site. What I thought was going to be a half hour thing, turned into a very cool dinner night. Carmen, your soup was great! We got into everything. We talked about life, basketball, and Duck Dynasty. With all of his accomplishments and awards, Coach remained humble. He told me, “It’s not all about what you get, but what you can give back.” That sentence transformed my way of thinking. He’s not only one of the best coaches ever but one of the best people I’ve ever known.

– Preston Elliott-Moore

My first basketball camp

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Coach came to my first basketball camp in 1979 in Manchester and spoke every year for me. I used his shooting guide as a coach. I remember one summer he had a team camp and we went. It was one and done. Coaches were harder to deal with than kids he said laughing. I also provided some of his speaking at clinics with material as his opening remarks about the triangle and 2 on the referees. My wife had her picture made with him after speaking at final 4 on Sunday morning in Indianapolis. She want to say how nice he was that morning and she want to give her sympathy to the family. He. Is really responsible for so many young men becoming coaches that love the game and stayed in it like me.

– Rusty Melvin

Always Took The Time

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I will always be grateful for the answers Coach Meyer sent me by e-mail no matter what the question was. He always took the time to put thought into his answers and quickly replied. He was always encouraging and pushed you to be your best. I will miss his mentoring very much!

– Dana Joseph Beszczynski

Meyer’s authenticity was his legacy to others

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Duke University coach Mike Krzyzewski Sunday said Meyer shared his knowledge with coaches and “helped the game become better at every level.”

“His players benefited from his teachings both on and off the court,” Krzyzewski said in a statement. “His goal was for them to be successful as players and as men.”

ESPN baseball analyst Buster Olney, who wrote the biography “How Lucky You Can Be: The Story of Coach Don Meyer,” remembered Meyer’s many rules for his teams, such as “everybody picks up trash.”

“I suspect that what he really meant was that everybody should strive to leave a place better than when you arrived,” Olney said in a statement Sunday.

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Time Well Spent

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I came to NSU in the fall of 2007 and being new, I felt out of place. I was going from freshman program to freshman program, learning about the place that was to be my home for the next few years. I didn’t feel like I belonged, I felt like an outsider looking in. It was with this homesick feeling that I ran into Coach Meyer on campus. He asked if I was lost and told me that all the freshmen were going to gather in JFAC in the main auditorium, some guy was going to give a speech. So I followed him and we made small talk about my little reservation town and he put me at ease. He directed me to the seating area and told me that he had to do something but to enjoy the guy speaking. I thanked him and took my seat. The next thing I know, there is Coach up on the stage; he was the guy giving the talk. He shared with us then who he was and gave us words of advice on how to handle the changes we are coming into and he offered us his time with an open door policy. He gave us his office hours and location and told us to come see him if we needed anything or just to talk. After that day, I decided to take him up on his offer and I made my way to his office. As good as his word, from that day until he retired and every time I saw him after that, he was a great source of advice, strength, and encouragement. I have and will always, sorely miss that. In hearing of his passing, I took comfort in knowing that Coach is at peace and is no longer in pain. He’s got wings now and those wings are more than well deserved. Thank you, Coach for everything.

One last memory I’d like to share is a fond one I always keep with me. After he retired, he was moved over to Graham Hall and I stopped in to have a visit, just to say hello and ask how he was doing. I was running late to class but I had to ask him, “Coach, now that you’re retired, what do I call you?” He looked at me and without missing a beat, “I’m still Coach, they might have put me in a new office but I’m still Coach.” God bless you, Coach.

– Jennifer Mellette

The first time I ever talked with Coach Meyer

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The first time I ever talked with Coach Meyer, I asked him if I could observe his camps. He said yes, check In and stay at my house. I had never met coach and he invited me in to his home. From there he taught me so much about basketball and life as I continued each year attending his camps and academy’s. One camp he had me and another coach storm the court as the masked avengers. After that, every email and phone call, I was the masked avenger! Thank you for making me a better person and coach!! I love you coach!

– Chad Meyer

Goodbye Dear Friend

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What an incredible life. Coach Meyer’s impact on me and thousands of coaches and players can not be measured or adequately explained. Coach Meyer spoke at one of my first clinics. He invited me to stay at his house during one of his. It was during these times that I first got to know Coach Meyer. His intelligence and giving nature, along with a wonderful sense of humor, were evident from the start. Through the years, and countless phone calls, emails and visits, we became friends. I truly treasure our relationship. Being in the presence of Coach Meyer, you knew you were in the presence of someone truly special. It was an honor to know him. It was inevitable to love and respect him. God Bless Coach. I can’t wait to visit with you again.

– Shane Dreiling

Always Willing To Help

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I first met Coach Meyer when I attended his week long coaching academy at Lipscomb. Several years latter I was wanting to get some information about how he was running his motion offense so I called the basketball offices at Northern State. I really didn’t expect to talk to him, but was hoping I could talk to one his assistants, so I was shocked when he answered the phone What followed was a 45 minute phone conversation with me asking questions and listening closely to his responses. I will forever be grateful for those 45 minutes.

– Bruce Robbins

Memories of Coach

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I worked several years at Coach Meyers summer camps in Aberdeen. A bunch of us coaches would all stay at his house and he would sit up late at night talking basketball with us, telling stories about his times with John Wooden and Rick Majerus, and answering our questions. The next morning he would be gone before 6 a.m. already at work. You could see he lived what he preached in all his players. They all were quality people living what Coach preached “servant leadership”. I have used so much in our program that I learned from Coach. He definitely left a legacy here on earth and impacted so many people!

– Kraig Hunter

I’ll never forget

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It’s been close to 35 years ago, but seems like yesterday. I’ll never forget the impact Coach made on this 13 year old. I not only improved as a basketball player, but was taught about character, integrity and discipline at camp. I received the most outstanding attitude at camp that year, but I had that attitude instilled in me because that’s what you expected of all us. Coach Meyer, you will be missed, but your legacy lives on because of the life you lived. –

– Bobby Burgess

Coach Meyer, the Encourager

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As soon as Coach heard I had been diagnosed with prostate cancer he called. Of course he was immediately in “coaching”mode, telling me things I needed to do each day. But most of all he encouraged me. Despite his busy schedule and all of the difficulties he was facing, he called every week. Always deflecting the conversation away from himself, always encouraging, and each time praying the most beautiful, heartfelt prayer with me.
Coach Meyer took a small-town high school coach from Texas under his wing and taught me so many things. He made me a better coach, but more importantly he made me a better man. I will be eternally grateful for the impact he had on my life. Thank you, Coach. I love you.

– Doug Galyean


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Our staff at Andrew High School in Tinley Park, IL would make a yearly trip to see Coach Meyer speak usually in Rochester, Michigan. He was a great example on how a coach should develop players, programs and teams. Most importantly Coach Meyer taught us how to develop and produce great people who come through our program. The life lessons we learned were invaluable. Thanks Coach, your impact goes beyond the basketball court.

– Jeff Keane

Nation of coaches in yankton, sd 2014

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On March 18th 2014 was a day I was so excited about. Coach was going to be in yankton, sd for a nation of coaches seminar. Being a new coach and coaching middle school basketball I thought this would be a great opportunity to learn from the best. I didn’t walk away with greater knowledge of basketball but of god. His words of god, his jokes and life experiences will stay with me forever.

-Justin Davie

Basketball camp with Coach Meyer

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A few years ago I flew up and worked a camp with Coach Meyer at NSU. I stayed with coach at his home in Aberdeen and slept in the living room. Every morning I woke up around 5 to a light on that was at his desk. Coach would be sitting there reading, doing a devotional and taking time before his busy camp day would start. That kind of devotion and dedication to being the absolute best he could be epitomizes Coach Meyer. What made an impression on me was this: He is one of the best coaches ever and he is trying to get better daily. The days were long, but Coach still did a great job at camp. His players did more of the drill teaching and leadership at that time, but the camps were unmistakably Don Meyer Basketball Camps. May God continue to bless Coach and his family.

– Todd Oneal

Don Meyer has set a wonderful example of service. Honor his legacy and join in following his example. Consider a gift to one of the organizations at the link below.

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