Despite the fact he spent his entire career coaching at everything but the Division I level, former HU coach Don Meyer has always had the respect of his peers coaching at a higher level. On Saturday, March 31, Meyer, whose first head coaching job was at Hamline en route to a 38-year career that saw him retire with 923 victories, will be presented with the John Lotz "Barnabas" Award at the annual Fellowship Of Christian Athletes Luncheon to be held in conjunction with the Final Four in New Orleans.
Past winners of the award include John Wooden, Homer Drew, and Steve Alford.
The award is named after former North Carolina assistant and University of Florida Head Coach John Lotz. The FCA describes the award as going to a person who "best exhibits a commitment to Christ, integrity, encouragement to others and lives a balanced life."
Meyer, who is enshrined in the school's Row of Honor that adorns Hutton Arena, coached here from 1972-75. He went on to coach at David Lipscomb (TN) and Northern State (SD) before retiring in 2010. He is a past winner of the Jimmy V. Perseverance Award presented by ESPN at their annual ESPYs and was recently named to the NAIA's 75th Anniversary team. In addition to his coaching laurels (when he retired, he had the most wins of any men's college basketball coach ever), Meyer was cited for his recovery from a serious car accident and cancer.