Aberdeen’s adopted son

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Aberdeen said goodbye to a beloved adopted son Saturday during a memorial service for Don Meyer at Northern State University.

After arriving in Aberdeen in 1999 and coaching the Northern men’s basketball team for 11 seasons, Meyer made an impression on a community that came to love and embrace him.

“It feels like he was here for 50 years, but he was only in Aberdeen for 15 years,” said ESPN personality, author and Meyer family friend Buster Olney, of the late coach after the service. “Coming here for the first time in 2008 and seeing the relationship that he had developed with the town and the people, that was amazing.”

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Thousands Attend Service for Coach Don Meyer

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Thousands gathered on the campus of Northern State University in South Dakota on Saturday for a memorial service to honor longtime college basketball coach Don Meyer, whose friends said his legacy of compassion for others would surpass even his accomplishments on the court.

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Parking and video stream info for Coach Meyer Memorial Service

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Officials planning the memorial service for Coach Don Meyer are advising attendees to plan ahead as a large crowd is expected and heavier than usual traffic and demand for parking around the Northern State University Barnett Center will require extra time.

Parking will be available at the Barnett Center north parking lot. Once that is filled, alternative parking will be available in the Jerde Hall parking lot across the street from Barnett as well as in the adjacent Johnson Fine Arts Center parking lot. Parking will also be available across campus in the west student lot along Lincoln and Washington Avenues.

In addition, a live video stream of the memorial service will be broadcast from the Barnett Center. The feed can be accessed at The site will go live at 2:30 p.m. Saturday with the service scheduled to begin at 3:00. Users will simply click on the “Watch” link during the broadcast to watch the event.

The video stream and tech support are being provided complimentary by Stretch Internet, the company that broadcasts regular season athletic events for Northern State University.

Out of respect for the family, the general public will not be permitted to use hand-held cameras and/or smart phones to take photographs and capture digital images of the memorial service. Video recordings by the general public also will not be permitted.

Don Meyer’s best quotes

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“Your program must have an overriding purpose, which is clearly visible and which teaches lessons beyond winning.”

“Always be a ‘quarter’ friend: if a guy was down to his last quarter, would he call you? Always have time for people.”

“Shout praise and whisper criticism.”

“The strength of the wolf is in the pack and the strength of the pack is in the wolf.”

“If you want to be interesting, take interest in others.”

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Don Meyer was a teacher above all – Buster Olney reflects on Coach Don Meyer

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Don Meyer leaned in and, speaking forcefully, gave instructions to the college-age kid, telling him the challenge he should anticipate and advising him on what should be his next action.

Meyer coached college basketball for nearly four decades, winning a then-NCAA record 923 games with record-setting teams and players, but above all else, Meyer was a teacher.

The young man he spoke to in that moment was not a basketball player, but a farmer who had lost a leg in a combine accident just two weeks before. He had come to see Meyer at a book signing in Fargo, North Dakota, in the fall of 2010. When Meyer saw him come through the door on crutches, with one pant leg of his jeans pinned all the way up, Meyer reached for the cane next to his seat.

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Don Meyer, a Coach With 923 Victories, Is Dead at 69 – NY Times

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Don Meyer, the head men’s basketball coach at Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D., was taking his players to a team retreat in September 2008 when his car collided head-on with a truck.

Meyer, who had been alone in his compact car, the procession’s lead vehicle, lost part of a leg and sustained multiple other injuries. When doctors were treating him they discovered inoperable cancer of his liver and small intestine.

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‘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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Don Meyer, Among Coaches With Most Wins, Dies

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Don Meyer, one of the winningest coaches in college basketball who came back from a near-fatal car accident and liver cancer before closing out his career, died Sunday in South Dakota. He was 69.

Meyer led his teams into the playoffs 19 times and compiled a 923-324 during his 38-year career, most of which he spent at Lipscomb in Tennessee and Northern State in South Dakota.

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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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Pogue: Meyer will leave lasting impact on all

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Apparently one day soon, we’ll hear about the passing of a true legend.

It wasn’t so much that Don Meyer coached college basketball for 42 seasons, including 24 at Lipscomb University. And all those wins – 923 to be exact, sixth-most among men’s coaches – certainly earned enshrinement in multiple halls-of-fame.

Meyer, 69, was also a coach’s coach. His instructional videos set the standard among his peers, and those summer camps became the model for many a coach to follow.

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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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