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Former Northern State Coach Meyer Dies Of Cancer

Former Northern State Coach Meyer Dies Of Cancer

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Don Meyer, one of the winningest coaches in college men’s basketball, has died in South Dakota.

Family spokeswoman Brenda Dreyer says the former Northern State coach died of cancer at 6:52 a.m. Sunday. He was 69.

Meyer led his teams to the playoffs 19 times and compiled a 923-324 record. He retired in 2010, after a decade at Northern State in Aberdeen, South Dakota, and 24 seasons at Lispcomb in Tennessee.

Four months after a near-fatal car accident in 2008 and a cancer diagnosis, Meyer was coaching from a wheelchair when he passed Bobby Knight as the NCAA’s winningest coach in men’s basketball history. Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski took the title in 2012.

Meyer was a standout athlete at Northern Colorado. He began his head coaching career at Hamline in Minnesota.

Pictured are Coach Meyer and former Mitchell coach Gary Munsen at their induction
into the South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame.

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