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