Men's Hoops Assistant Coach Meyer to Join Taylor University Athletic HOF
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Jeff Meyer completed his 37th season as a collegiate coach in 2015-16 and his eighth overall with the University of Michigan basketball program.
Throughout his career, Meyer has consistently been a proven winner amassing 709 career wins with 14 trips to the NCAA Tournament. He has been instrumental in helping U-M return to the national stage as the Maize and Blue has averaged nearly 20 wins per season (179 victories).
Throughout the nine seasons in Ann Arbor, Meyer has been influential in guiding the Wolverine program to six NCAA Tournament bids (2009, '11, '12, '13, '14 & '16), including a 2013 trip to the Final Four and national title game -- the first for the program in 20 years. The Wolverines made it back-to-back Elite Eight appearances as U-M returned in 2014 and were eliminated in the regional final on a last second shot.
Michigan claimed a share of the 2012 Big Ten regular-season title with a 13-5 record -- the first for the program since 1986. The Wolverines just missed claiming a share of the 2013 conference title after a last second loss in the regular season finale, but won their first outright Big Ten title in 28 years in 2014 with a 15-3 record, winning the league by three games.
Meyer assisted nine Wolverines to All-Big Ten honors -- Manny Harris (2009, '10), DeShawn Sims (2009, '10), Darius Morris (2011), Trey Burke (2012 & '13), Tim Hardaway Jr. (2012 & '13), Nik Stauskas (2014), Caris LeVert (2014), Derrick Walton Jr. (2016) and Zak Irvin (2016).
The Wolverines also had back-to-back Big Ten Player of the Years with Burke in 2013 and Stauskas in 2014. In addition, Burke went on to earn consensus National Player of the Year and All-America honors in 2013.
With over a dozen professional players to his credit during his coaching career, Meyer has helped six Wolverines reach the next level including two lottery picks -- Burke in 2013 (Utah Jazz, No. 9) and Stauskas in 2014 (Sacramento Kings, No. 8).
In addition to those two selections, Meyer has helped an additional four Wolverines get drafted by the NBA: Morris (2011, No. 41 by Los Angeles Lakers), Hardaway Jr. (2013, No. 24 by New York Knicks), Mitch McGary (2014, No. 21 by Oklahoma City Thunder) and Glenn Robinson III (2014, No. 40 by Minnesota Timberwolves).
Prior to joining the Wolverine staff, Meyer spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Indiana University (2006-08), helping the Hoosiers to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances (2007, '08). Before his time in Bloomington, Meyer spent two seasons as an assistant at the University of Missouri (2004-06), where the Tigers made an NIT appearance in 2005.
Meyer spent three seasons at Butler University (2001-04) where he helped guide the Bulldogs to back-to-back Horizon League Championships (2002, '03), advancing to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2003. He spearheaded the recruiting efforts and played a vital role in the Bulldogs' player-skill development program, game preparation and strategy. Butler registered a 69-26 mark during his three seasons, with 12 of the program's 13 student-athletes who exhausted their eligibility earning degrees.
Before his time at Butler, Meyer was the associate head coach at Winthrop University (1998-2001), helping the Eagles win three straight Big South Tournament titles and secure three straight NCAA Tournament berths (1999, 2000, '01). He helped foster an outstanding commitment to academics with eight out of nine student-athletes that matriculated through the program earning a degree.
Prior to his assistant coaching career, Meyer spent 16 years as the head coach at Liberty University (1981-97), registering a 259-206 overall record becoming the Flames' all-time winningest coach -- a mark he still holds today. He led the Liberty to the 1994 Big South Tournament championship and a bid to the NCAA Tournament. He was instrumental in helping Liberty make the transition from NAIA to NCAA Division I. In addition to his outstanding efforts as a head coach, Meyer's program also produced successful individuals in the classroom, earning a 90-percent graduation rate (45 of 50 student-athletes) from 1981 to 1997.
Meyer began his coaching career as an assistant to Lee Rose at Purdue University (1978-80), where he earned his master's degree. He was part of a Boilermakers squad that reached the 1980 NCAA Final Four, following a Big Ten regular-season co-championship and earn a 1979 NIT final appearance. Meyer spent an additional season with Rose at the University of South Florida (1980-81), helping the Bulls to an appearance in the NIT, before becoming the head coach at Liberty.
Meyer, a native of Reynolds, Ind., is a 1976 graduate of Taylor University where he was recently inducted into its Athletic Hall of Fame (2014). He and his wife, Karen, are the parents of two daughters, Holli and Sarah, and a son, Josh. The Meyer's have three grandchildren, Alexander, Stella and Hazel.
The Jeff Meyer File
Born: June 21, 1954
Hometown: Reynolds, Ind.
High School: North White High School
College: Taylor University, 1976 (BS, Physical Education) and Purdue, 1980 (MS, Physical Education)
Children: Holli (Torrie), Sarah (Downing) and Josh
Grandchildren: Alexander, Stella and Hazel
|1978-80||Purdue University||Assistant Coach|
|1980-81||University of South Florida||Assistant Coach|
|1981-97||Liberty University||Head Coach|
|1998-2001||Winthrop University||Associate Head Coach|
|2001-04||Butler University||Assistant Coach|
|2004-06||University of Missouri||Assistant Coach|
|2006-08||Indiana University||Assistant Coach|
|2008-10||University of Michigan||Administrative Specialist|
|2010-present||University of Michigan||Assistant Coach|
Coaching Career Breakdown
|1979-80||Purdue||23-10||11-7||3rd||NCAA, Third Place|
|1980-81||South Florida||18-11||7-5||4th||NIT, First Round|
|1981-82||Liberty||15-11||-||-||NAIA, District 19|
|1982-83||Liberty||23-9||-||-||NAIA, Tournament (5th)|
|1993-94||Liberty||18-12||12-6||t-3rd||NCAA, First Round|
|1997-98||did not coach||-||-||-||-|
|1998-99||Winthrop||21-8||9-1||1st||NCAA, First Round|
|1999-2000||Winthrop||21-9||11-3||2nd||NCAA, First Round|
|2001-02||Butler||26-6||12-4||1st||NIT, First Round|
|2002-03||Butler||27-6||14-2||1st||NCAA, Sweet 16|
|2004-05||Missouri||16-17||7-9||t-8th||NIT, First Round|
|2006-07||Indiana||21-11||10-6||3rd||NCAA, Second Round|
|2007-08||Indiana||25-8||14-4||3rd||NCAA, First Round|
|2008-09||Michigan||21-14||9-9||t-7th||NCAA, Second Round|
|2010-11||Michigan||21-14||9-9||t-4th||NCAA, Second Round|
|2011-12||Michigan||24-10||13-5||t-1st||NCAA, First Round|
|2012-13||Michigan||31-8||12-6||t-4th||NCAA, National Runner-Up|
|2013-14||Michigan||28-9||15-3||1st||NCAA, Elite Eight|
|2015-16||Michigan||23-13||10-8||8th||NCAA, First Four & First Round|
|Totals as Head Coach||259-206||82-56||16|
|Totals as Assistant Coach||450-238||215-129||21|