Don Meyer Quotes

Donald Wayne Meyer (December 16, 1944 – May 18, 2014) was an American college basketball coach who completed his career in 2010 as head coach of the men's team at Northern State University. He was once head coach at Hamline University and Lipscomb University. Meyer was born in 1944 in Wayne, Nebraska.

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Don Meyer


We painted a beautiful picture, but we just didn't finish it. Finishing is the difference between a beautiful picture and a masterpiece.

Don Meyer


When I go in for heart surgery, I want a full-time surgeon. I don't want some guy who just does it part-time between rounds of golf. You want a guy who is doing it all the time and is always reading and learning about the most recent techniques.

Don Meyer


Positioning, anticipation and technique create quickness. Therefore, you can always get quicker

Don Meyer


Recognize and reward players who put the team first, not just the gifted ones.

Don Meyer


Discover your gift, develop your gift and then give it away every day.

Don Meyer


You can pick captains, but you can't pick leaders. Whoever controls the locker room controls the team

Don Meyer


We had 10 turnovers tonight. Each one gets worse as you go. It is like prior arrests: the 10th one may not have been that bad, but when you have had nine prior ones, it looks pretty bad.

Don Meyer


Good shooters take the shots; best shooters take most of the shots.

Don Meyer


Winning a postseason game is like winning five regular season games. There is just no feeling like it. Everything is magnified. Every free throw, turnover, shot and play.

Don Meyer


Let your players know that you love them.

Don Meyer


If a farmer and his family can get up at 5:30 every morning to milk cows, surly we can get up at that time to practice basketball.

Don Meyer


Discipline and demand without being demeaning.

Don Meyer


Coach like the coach you want to be ten years from now.

Don Meyer


Parents would rather have their son get all-state than his team win the state championship.

Don Meyer


Successful basketball coaches are those that subscribe to a system that is based on sound fundamental teachings.

Don Meyer