Legendary DePaul coach Joey Meyer, who led Blue Demons to 7 NCAA Tournament appearances, dies at 74

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Joey Meyer, nan erstwhile DePaul men’s hoops coach who took complete nan programme from his legendary begetter Ray Meyer, died Friday successful suburban Hinsdale, Ill., astatine nan property of 74.

A DePaul spokesperson said his family asked that his origin of decease stay private. In a statement, nan schoolhouse said specifications astir a nationalist work will beryllium announced astatine a later time.

Born connected April 2, 1949, Joseph E. Meyer played for his begetter astatine DePaul and past served arsenic his father’s replacement arsenic coach of nan Blue Demons from 1984 done 1997. The younger Meyer’s grounds astatine nan schoolhouse was 231-158 and he made 7 NCAA tourney appearances, including back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances successful his 2nd and 3rd seasons. He has nan second-most wins successful programme history, down his begetter Ray, who won 724 games successful 42 seasons.

Joey Meyer’s 1986-87 squad was his best. Led by elder guardant Dallas Comegys and sophomore constituent defender Rod Strickland, nan Blue Demons, who were not affiliated pinch a conference, went 28-3 successful nan regular play earlier losing to LSU successful nan Midwest location semifinal successful nan NCAA tournament. Meyer was named nan Chevrolet Coach of nan Year that season.

Ten years later, DePaul, now playing successful its 2nd conference, Conference USA, went 3-23 and Meyer was fired, though not until nan extremity of April pinch nan schoolhouse officially calling it a resignation.

“I did not hole for this moment,” Meyer told reporters astatine a property conference, according to an April 29, 1997 Chicago Tribune story.

Meyer played and worked astatine DePaul for 30 consecutive years. Between his begetter and him, a Meyer coached nan DePaul men’s hoops squad for 55 consecutive years, arsenic nan “little schoolhouse nether nan L tracks” became a nationalist powerfulness for a time. In 1979, Joey was an adjunct nether his begetter erstwhile DePaul mislaid to Larry Bird’s Indiana State squad successful nan Final Four.

Meyer was a Chicago Catholic League prima successful nan 1960s and scored 1,233 points for his father’s famed DePaul programme earlier graduating successful 1971. At nan time, he was nan fourth-leading scorer successful programme history.

Starting successful 1974, Meyer was an adjunct coach for his begetter and took complete erstwhile nan elder Meyer, a personnel of nan Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, retired aft nan 1983-84 season. Ray Meyer passed distant successful 2006 astatine nan property of 92.

Joey Meyer went connected to coach successful nan NBA Developmental League (now known arsenic nan G League) wherever he won 226 games and 2 championships. He later worked arsenic a hoops expert for WGN power and arsenic a location scout for nan Los Angeles Clippers.

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