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Former Lipscomb basketball coach in hospice care

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Legendary Lipscomb University men's basketball head coach Don Meyer has been admitted into hospice care near his home in South Dakota.

Meyer coached Lipscomb from 1975 to 1999, leading the Bisons to the NAIA national championship in 1986. He was 923-324 in 38 years as a head coach, and he produced three national players of the year and 22 All-Americans along with two of the top scorers in collegiate history.

In 2008, he lost a leg in a terrible car crash. But during emergency surgery, doctors discovered Meyer had cancer.

Despite that, he continued to tour the country, giving clinics and inspirational speeches.

"Many times I saw him with a young child or an older person or somebody who maybe just needed a little bit of encouragement. And certainly you wouldn't see that on the sidelines, but off the court you would see it all the time," said Lipscomb Athletics Director Philip Hutcheson, a former basketball player under Meyer.

Lipscomb named its court in Meyer's honor in 2011.

Northern State in South Dakota also named its court after Meyer where he coached from 1999-2000 through 2009-10 before retiring.

At the ESPY Awards in 2009, Meyer was awarded the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance.

In a statement, the Meyer family said:

"As a family we are so proud of that perseverance. He is at peace, he is loved and he is getting exceptional care."

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