Don Meyer named JUCO keynote speaker

By: Kyle Stanley Email
By: Kyle Stanley Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO)-- ESPN's Buster Olney published a book entitled "How Lucky You Can Be." In this book, Olney writes about a college basketball coach that overcame a horrible car collision and inoperable cancer to return to coaching for two more years. His name is Don Meyer, and he will be the keynote speaker at this year's Alpine Bank Junior College World Series.

Meyer won 923 games in 11 years with Northern State (S.D) University. He retired after the 2010 season. Now he spends his free time speaking around the country. His story is a phenomenal one.

In 2008, Meyer was involved in a head-on collision with a semitrailer. Lucky enough not to be killed, Meyer suffered major injuries. He broke every rib on the left side of his body, his diaphragm was torn from the bone in his chest, he sustained damage to his spleen and liver, and his left leg had to be amputated from the knee down.

While at the hospital, Meyer learned that he had inoperable cancer. He was in the Sioux Falls hospital for two more months before leaving and returning to the basketball court for two more seasons.

Meyer has ties to Grand Junction. In the 1960s, Meyer played and coached for the Grand Junction Eagles semi-pro baseball team. He will return to Grand Junction on May 25 for the JUCO tournament banquet at the Two Rivers Convention Center.

Tickets go on sale April 2 for $40 at the JUCO Office in the basement of the Home Loan Building on 4th and Rood Ave.


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