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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - 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.
“He won his greatest victory and is now running again and gearing up to pitch nine innings,” the Meyer family said in a statement. “The family appreciates the outpouring of love, prayers and concern.”
Four months after a near-fatal car accident and a cancer diagnosis, Meyer passed Bob Knight as the NCAA’s winningest coach in men’s basketball history in 2009. The native of Wayne, Nebraska, retired following the 2010 season at Northern State and a 13-14 record - only his fourth losing season.
Some of the greatest names in college basketball were his biggest fans, including Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, who surpassed Meyer’s record in 2012 and once said Meyer did “a wonderful job of giving back to our great game.” Former Tennessee women’s coach Pat Summitt, who holds the all-time win record for college basketball, has called Meyer “truly one of the best teachers in the history of the game.”
“He was a tough coach to play for, very demanding physical and mentally. But that’s what made him a great coach, and that’s why all his players, he influenced their lives so much and produced so many coaches,” Jerry Meyer said.
Lipscomb athletic director Philip Hutcheson, who also played for Meyer there, said it wasn’t hard to see the coach’s legacy at the school - “that’s well-established and it’s enormous.” What’s difficult, Hutcheson said, is “trying to determine where his impact ended.”
“It didn’t matter if you were friend or foe,” Miles once said. “He would open up his playbook and show you his plays, and then he would turn around and beat you with that same play when your team played his.”
“His players benefited from his teachings both on and off the court,” Krzyzewski said. “His goal was for them to be successful as players and as men.”
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