The former head coach at Northern State University, a Division II NCAA basketball power under Don Meyer, passed early Sunday morning after fighting cancer for six years.
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We agree that Don Meyer is the best coach no one knows about
He retired from coaching in 2010 with 923 career wins and received the "Jimmy V" Award in 2009
Meyer was in hospital for three days with a feeding tube before returning home under hospice care earlier this week. His family said that his health has been drastically declining over the past several months.
The family released a statement earlier this morning:
"Don Meyer peacefully went to heaven on Sunday morning, May 18, 2014. He won his greatest victory and is now running again and gearing up to pitch nine innings. The family appreciates the outpouring of love, prayers and concern."
Here's the acceptance speech from 2009
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