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