Legendary basketball coach Don Meyer to speak April 17 in Lemmon

Northern State head coach Don Meyer talks to the crowd following his 903rd win Jan. 10, 2009 at the Barnett Center in Aberdeen, S.D. The victory made Meyer the winningest coach in NCAA college basketball history. Meyer will speak in Lemmon, S.D., at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 17. (AP Photo)

Legendary basketball coach and motivational speaker Don Meyer is scheduled to speak Tuesday, April 17 in Lemmon, S.D.

The story of the former Northern State men’s basketball coach has been well-documented, but here’s a rundown:

He retired from coaching in 2010 with 923 career wins as the winningest college basketball coaches in NCAA history. Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski passed him this season.

On Sept. 5, 2008, Meyer fell asleep at the wheel of his Toyota Pruis, drifted to the opposite side of the road and was hit head-on by a semi truck hauling grain. Meyer endured numerous injuries from the accident and, two weeks later, had his left leg amputated eight inches below the knee. To make matters worse, during his initial emergency surgery, surgeons discovered Meyer had cancer in his liver and small intestines.

He returned to coach the 2008-09 season from a wheelchair, leading the Wolves to a 19-11 record and the NCAA Division II tournament. He retired from coaching in 2010.

He has received numerous awards, including the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance and is the subject of “How Lucky Can You Be?” by ESPN senior writer Buster Olney, who covered Meyer’s journey from the hospital back to the court.

If you’re a sports fan — not just a basketball fan — this is an event you don’t want to miss.

Meyer’s speech begins at 2 p.m. at the Lemmon Armory.

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