Jeff Meyer begins his 35th season as a collegiate coach and his sixth 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 34-year tenure in college basketball, he has registered a 642-406 (.613) overall record and been to 12 NCAA Tournaments (two Final Four, two Elite Eight and three Sweet 16), and 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: Los Angeles Lakers guard Darius Morris (Michigan), New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Gordon (Indiana), Boston Celtics forward D.J. White (Indiana) and Toronto Raptors forward 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 and made three straight return trips in 2011, 2012 and 2013. The 2013 NCAA appearance included a trip to the 2013 Final Four -- the first for the program in 20 years.
With the 2012-13 season culminating in a national runner-up finish, U-M matched the schools record for wins in a season at 31. In 2011-12, Michigan claimed a share of the Big Ten regular-season title with a 13-5 record -- the first for the program since 1986. With a 12-6 Big Ten record in 2012-13, U-M recorded its second straight 10-plus conference win season for the first time in 17 years.
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.
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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