Don Meyer - a True Coach

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Don Meyer - a True Coach

Postby Hinsa » Mon May 19, 2014 3:14 pm

Coach Don Meyer of Northern State died way too early, but then again he lived longer than he should have. He was only 69 when he passed away on Sunday, but he showed his inner strength by surviving an auto crash and cancer for as long as he did.

Coach Meyer is not a North Dakota person, but he coached several North Dakota athletes including Craig Nelson, son of Dave and Tammy Nelson. The Nelson family is truly greatful for the time Coach Meyer spent with Craig, teaching him how to be a leader and a faithful young man.

When Coach lost his leg due to the auto crash he kept it in perspective. As a matter of fact the University put out a bobblehead of Coach with the missing legs and crutches. It was done in good humor but it was also a poignant reminder of what Coach willed himself through. His contributions to charity and peoples' lives have pushed the cancer center in Aberdeen to name the facitlity the Don and Carmen Meyer Cancer Center.

Does anyone have any Don Meyer stories? Any former players that would care to share their feelings on him?
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Re: Don Meyer - a True Coach

Postby BB11 » Thu May 22, 2014 3:33 pm

A great man. Was the definition of tough love with his players. He truly cared about each and every one of them, but he also demanded discipline from them in their game, and in their lives.
Was a very open person and an unbelievable speaker. His program, the way it was run, the way they taught, and the way they carried themselves; is how it should be.
He will be missed in all basketball circles. The greatest coach no one had ever heard of, also, one of the greatest human beings no one had ever heard of.
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Re: Don Meyer - a True Coach

Postby Flip » Fri May 23, 2014 6:10 pm

Sunday morning at the Nike coaching clinic in Minneapolis they had a moment of silence before the first speaker for coach Meyer.
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