Lipscomb’s basketball court at Allen Arena will be named in honor of legendary coach Don Meyer on Dec. 3, the school announced on Tuesday.
Meyer is the all-time winningest men’s collegiate basketball coach with a 923-324 record in 38 years. He coached at Lipscomb from 1975 to 1999, guiding the Bisons to an NAIA national championship in 1986.
“Coach Meyer is one of the cornerstones of excellence at Lipscomb University,” director of athletics Philip Hutcheson said. “He impacted thousands of lives from student-athletes to campers to community members in his 24 years at Lipscomb. While Coach Meyer was committed to winning on the court, he has left a lasting legacy through his teachings to make the world around us a better place.
"It is with great respect and admiration that we name the Allen Arena court in his honor.”
The 67-year-old Meyer retired as head coach of Northern State (S.D.) University after the 2009-10 season, less than two years after a life-altering car accident. While driving to a basketball retreat on Sept. 5, 2008, Meyer fell asleep at the wheel, colliding head-on with a truck. His left leg was amputated below the knee and subsequently he was diagnosed with cancer in his liver and small intestine.
He returned to the sidelines later that season, at first coaching from a wheelchair. He was awarded the “Jimmy V Award for Perseverance” at the ESPY Awards in 2009 and remains on staff at Northern State as a Regent Distinguished Professor.
Lipscomb holds an annual athletic department fundraiser, the Don Meyer Evening of Excellence, each spring. Meyer was the speaker in 2009, followed by former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow in 2010 and Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski last April. Next spring, Butler coach Brad Stevens is scheduled to speak.
The court dedication ceremony will take place during Lipscomb’s game against Kennesaw State at noon on Dec. 3. Tickets are on sale at $7 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. They may be purchased online at lipscombtickets.com.