Men's Hoops Assistant Coach Meyer to Join Taylor University Athletic HOF
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Jeff Meyer begins his 37th season as a collegiate coach and his eighth season with the University of Michigan basketball program.
Meyer serves as U-M's recruiting coordinator, offensive coordinator and coaches the Maize and Blue forward players, while continuing to help in the development of defensive strategies, scouting opponents and other on-court coaching duties.
Throughout his career, Meyer has been a proven winner at every level. During his 36-year tenure in college basketball, he has registered a 686-431 (.614) overall record and been to 13 NCAA Tournaments -- one National title game; two Final Four; three Elite Eight and four Sweet 16 appearances. He has also made four NIT appearances.
Meyer's tenure as a collegiate basketball coach has seen him instruct and mentor several professional basketball players, including current NBA players: Utah Jazz guard Trey Burke (Michigan), New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (Michigan), Oklahoma City Thunder forward Mitch McGary (Michigan), Philadelphia 76ers forward Glenn Robinson III (Michigan), Sacramento Kings guard Nik Stauskas (Michigan) and New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Gordon (Indiana). He also guided former NBA players D.J. White (Indiana) and Linas Kleiza (Missouri).
After serving his first season as the Administrative Specialist (2008-09), Meyer was elevated to an assistant coaching position midway through the 2009-10 season. Meyer aided U-M's return to the NCAA Tournament after a 12-year absence, as the Wolverines advanced to the second round in 2009. In total, Meyer has helped U-M to five total NCAA trips having made four straight appearances from 2011-14.
The 2013 NCAA appearance included a trip to the Final Four -- the first for the program in 20 years -- where the Wolverines lost in the national title game to Louisville. U-M followed in 2014 with its second straight NCAA Elite Eight as the Wolverines just missed its second straight Final Four losing on a buzzer beater to Kentucky. In addition to the 2012-13 season culminating in a national runner-up finish, U-M matched the schools record for wins in a season at 31.
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 shared of the 2013 conference title, but won their first outright Big Ten title in 28 years in 2014 with a 15-3 record, winning the league by three games.
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 heading to 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. Butler registered a 69-26 mark during his three seasons, with 12 of the program's 13 student-athletes that exhausted their eligibility at Butler going on to earn degrees. Meyer spearheaded the recruiting efforts and played a vital role in the Bulldogs' player-skill development program, game preparation and strategy.
Prior to his time at Butler, Meyer served as associate head coach at Winthrop University (1998-2001), helping the Eagles win three straight Big South Tournament titles and secure three consecutive NCAA Tournament berths (1999-2001). He helped foster an outstanding commitment to academics with eight out of nine student-athletes that matriculated through the program earning a degree.
In 16 years as the head coach at Liberty University (1981-97), Meyer registered a 259-206 mark to become the Flames' all-time winningest coach. He led the team 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 career as an assistant to Lee Rose at Purdue University (1978-80), where he earned his master's degree. During his time in West Lafayette, Ind., he helped the Boilermakers reach the 1980 NCAA Final Four, following a Big Ten regular-season co-championship and earn a 1979 NIT final appearance. Meyer then joined Rose at the University of South Florida (1980-81), helping the Bulls to an appearance in the NIT.
Meyer, a 1976 graduate of Taylor University, 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)
Family: Married, wife Karen, children (3): Holli (Torrie), Sarah (Downing) and Josh, grandchildren (3): 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, Third Round|
|2011-12||Michigan||24-10||13-5||t-1st||NCAA, Second 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|