Thank You Coach

By May 18, 2014 Story Wall No Comments

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

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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