THE DON MEYER AWARD

Lindsey Wilson College head coach Paul Peck accepts the 2012 Don Meyer National Coach of the Year Award, at the CollegeInsider.com Awards Banquet in New Orleans.


March 30, 2012

PAUL PECK WINS THE 2012 DON MEYER AWARD

NEW ORLEANS, LA -- Lindsey Wilson College's Paul Peck is the recipient of the 2012 Don Meyer National Coach of the Year award.

Peck led Lindsey Wilson to the program's first out-right MSC regular season title this season and its second overall title. Lindsey Wilson to a 21-10 record, including a 12-4 Mid-South Conference record.

"Nobody expected the Blue Raiders to be a factor in the Mid-South conference," said Angela Lento, co-founder of CollegeInsider.com. "All they did was finished ahead of last year's NAIA National Champion Pikeville and the defending MSC Champions Georgetown to win the league."

The Blue Raiders advanced to the program's 10th NAIA National Tournament and Peck also earned Mid-South Conference Coach of the Year.

The award is presented annually to the top NAIA men's basketball coach. The award is named in honor of the one game's winningest coaches. In February of 2010 Meyer announced his retirement from coaching but continues at Northern State in the role of Regents Distinguished Professor and Assistant to the President. In 38 seasons at Hamline, Lipscomb and Northern State, he compiled an astounding 923-324 records.

The award was presented at the CollegeInsider.com awards banquet in New Orleans, site of the men's NCAA Basketball Championship.

2012 DON MEYER AWARD FINALISTS

Ken Ammann Concordia University, Irvine
Bob Bolen Mountain State University
Al Bruehl Robert Morris University Illinois
Tommy Dillon Southern Polytechnic State University
Dave Holmquist Biola University California
Paul Peck Lindsey Wilson College
Andy Sharpe Martin Methodist College
Doug Tolin Oklahoma Baptist University
Russell Vanlandingham Our Lady of the Lake University
Chad Warner Shorter University

The Don Meyer Award, which is presented annually to the top NAIA basketball coach, is named in honor of the one of the sport's winningest coaches.
 
In 38 seasons at Hamline, Lipscomb and Northern State, he compiled an astounding 923-324 record. He led Lipscomb to the NAIA national championship in 1986, and coached the two highest-scoring players in the history of college basketball, John Pierce and Philip Hutcheson. Also, his 1989-90 team at Lipscomb won a record 41 games and was the highest scoring team in college history. 
 
In 2010, he received the John Bunn Award at the Basketball Hall of Fame.
 
Meyer retired from coaching in February 2010. Coach Meyer lost his long battle with cancer on May 18, 2014, at the age of 69.
 
The recipient of of the 2021 award will be announced on March 31.

The Don Meyer award committee is a 20 member panel, consisting of 15 current or retired head coaches and five collegeinsider.com staff members.  Current Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander is the chairman of the award committee.
 
RULES AND CRITERIA
 
The Don Meyer award is presented annually to the top NAIA head coach, as voted on by the award committee. 
 
SCHEDULE OF RELEASES
 
March: Finalists for Don Meyer Award announced
March 30: Don Meyer National Coach of the Year announced
 
AWARD PRESENTATION
 
The recipients of the 17 national awards, presented by CollegeInsider.com, are announced annually at the site of the NCAA men’s division I basketball championship.
 
The 2018 CollegeInsider.com Awards Banquet will take place on March 30 in San Antonio, TX
 

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