Coach Meyer Legacy Going Beyond the Court--Mikayla Lewis
Updated: Monday, June 2 2014, 09:27 PM CDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Don Meyer is a legendary men's college basketball coach. He passed away May 18th, 2014, after battling cancer for six years. He died at his Aberdeen, SD home where his funeral and a memorial service took place. Lipscomb University held a service on Sunday as well.
Former Bison, Ricky Bowers says, " I don't know if we'll ever see someone that finishes the race quite like he did."
Bowers and other alumni gathered to support The Meyer family. Meyer was a coach for 38-years between Lipscomb and Northern State University.
Jerry Meyer, Don Meyer's son says, "Death resembles life, so it's one big family."
Pete Froedden, former Bison player says,"Guys driving and flying from Switzerland , I came from Chicago. We're all here because we know they sacrificed a lot of time to allow him to do what he did for so many years."
Highlights for Meyer's career include: a national title, retiring in 2010 as one of winningest coaches in the game's history, and ESPN's Jimmy V. Award for for Perseverance.
Meyer lost his leg after a car crash. Despite the accident and cancer, those that knew him say his determination and faith was contagious.
Tom Kelsey says, "As players we use his aspects everydayin our life, whether it's as a parent, husband, coaches, in our business. He was more than a teacher, he was larger than life."
Former Bison and professional baseball player, Casey Bond is making a movie about the coach. Bond's company, Higher Purpose Productions is slated to start shooting next month and release the film next year.
Casey Bond says, "He's already reached a huge audience but now it's opportunity for more people to see and get his message."
Jerry Meyer says, " If they're going to make a movie about anyone he is a good man to have a story about."
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