Don Meyer, the all-time leader in coaching wins in NCAA men’s basketball history, has created a legacy in the world of sports of teaching others how to teach. The Fargo Moorhead Chamber of Commerce will host Meyer as a keynote speaker at its ChamberChoice Awards Luncheon on May 13. The luncheon will honor the 2010 ChamberChoice Award Finalists and will feature the announcement of the winners in each category.
Meyer will bring his NBA, “Next Best Action,” philosophy to the Chamber audience.
In 2008, Meyer was seriously injured in a car accident, necessitating the amputation of one leg and multiple surgeries, during which inoperable cancer was discovered. Meyer’s reaction was not to dwell on the prognosis, rather to ask “What’s the best thing I can do next?”
This philosophy carries into his coaching career, in which he emphasizes the development of discipline, loyalty to teammates and a fierce work ethic.
“A real leader,” Meyer is quoted as saying, “serves others rather than having others serving him. With that in mind, we work on the important things that make you a better person, teammate and leader as well as a better basketball player. The wins take care of themselves.”
With an accumulation of 923 career victories in 38 seasons, Meyer will retire from his coaching post at Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D., leaving behind a basketball court named in his honor.
Meyer has trained more than 10,000 coaches through his Don Meyer Coaching Academy and credits Coach Bobby Knight for having been a pivotal influence in his career. This year, he was honored at the Legends of the Hardwood event during the NCAA Final Four with the John Wooden “Keys to Life” Award. He was also honored last July at the ESPYS with the Jimmy V. Perseverance Award.
“We are proud to bring a speaker of this caliber to our Chamber audience,” said Craig Whitney, President/CEO of the Fargo Moorhead Chamber of Commerce. “His message is one that transcends the basketball court and applies to living a good life and serving as a leader. Our ChamberChoice Award winners exemplify his philosophy.”
The ChamberChoice Awards Luncheon takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, May 13, at the Holiday Inn of Fargo. Registration is available online at FMChamber.com or by phone at 218.233.1100.