Just some thoughts:
“To be a team you must be a family. It is not what you teach, but what you emphasize. Prepare for every practice like you just lost your last game. Every day you teach attitude.” Quote from one time basketball coach, Don Meyer.
At one time Meyer held the record for most wins by a men’s basketball coach until passed by Mike Krzyzewski in 2011. ESPN analyst Buster Olney wrote a book about Coach Meyer called How Lucky Can You Be.
Legendary University of Tennessee coach Pat Summitt said of Meyer: “He taught me how to teach others how to play the game. When I started coaching at Tennessee, I was twenty-two years old. I had four players twenty-one that were seniors. And I had never coached a day in my life. Coach Meyer helped me tremendously.”
He coached twenty-four seasons at Lipscomb with a record of 665-179.
1.Everybody takes notes
2.Everybody says “please” and “thank you.”
3.Everybody picks up trash.
Yes he took notes.
Not too long before Coach Meyer’s passing my wife and I sat just behind him at a Sunday morning church service. Almost immediately when the minister that morning began speaking I saw Meyer take out a pen and pad. Yes he took notes.
Last year at a Lipscomb game I sat with one who had attended Meyer’s basketball camps years previous at Lipscomb. I ask him, “Do you remember his three rules.” The guy looked at me and said, “You kidding. Absolutely. When you are a kid about ten or eleven years old and he walks into the gym and started barking, you were scared half silly. We forgot nothing he told us to do.”
Sadly Meyer died of cancer May 18, 2014.
November 12, 2017
Posted July 24, 2018