Legendary men's basketball coach Don Meyer passes away at 69
By Nick Filipowski, Weekend Sports Anchor - bio | email
Don Meyer won 923 career games during his 38 years of coaching.
Aberdeen, SD(KTIV) -
Wayne, Nebraska, native and college basketball legend Don Meyer passed Sunday at the age of 69.
Meyer lost his five year battle with cancer in Aberdeen, South Dakota.
During his 38 years as a head coach, the Siouxland native made stops at Hamline, Lipscomb, and Northern State.
Meyer made college basketball history in 2009 as the head coach of Northern State in South Dakota, passing legendary coach Bob Knight for most career wins.
He retired a year later with 923 victories to his name.
In 2011, Duke head coach Mike Mike Krzyzewski passed Meyer on the all-time wins list.
Former assistant and current Wolves head coach Paul Sather remembers the passion Meyer brought to court.
"There's that short period of time where he didn't have a job between Lipscomb and Northern that I think he really got an understanding, for himself, that he needed a team in his life. And, you know, he had his team with his family, but that basketball program and that basketball team was something that, the passion was unbelievable. And it didn't take long to always feel that from him."
Meyer lost his left leg in a car accident in 2008. It was during his time in the hospital doctors first discovered cancer.
He is survived by his wife Carmen and three children.
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