‘My Many Sons’

The late Don Meyer to be featured in upcoming film

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  • Don Meyer rallies the Nothern State Wolves during his tenure at the school. Meyer passed away last May, and the movie “My Many Sons” is set to come out later this year.

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Courtney Upah, Staff Writer

Wayne’s very own coach Don Meyer is hitting the big screen.
Don Wayne Meyer was a legendary basketball coach born here in Wayne. Meyer survived not only a car accident, but fought against liver cancer which took his life last May.

He was at one time the winningest men’s basketball coach at any level in the NCAA, even breaking the previous NCAA record held by Bob Knight.

Meyer was a coach for 11 seasons at Northern State, retiring in 2010. In his 38-year career as a basketball coach, he won 923 games while losing 324. In that time, every player of his graduated except for one.

Awards Meyer received included the Jimmy V ESPY Award for Perseverance and the Naismith Outstanding Contributor to Men’s Basketball.

Renowned actor Judge Reinhold will play Meyer in the movie about his life, “My Many Sons.” The film is set to come out in 2015. Reinhold is best known for movies such as “Beverly Hills Cops 1&2,” “The Santa Clause” and “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.”

This is a new role for Reinhold, a serious role compared to his earlier comedic ones.

“You can’t believe it’s your brother,” said Nancy Meyer, who works in Hahn.

Nancy Meyer found it hard to believe that this farm kid was going to be on the big screen.

“He wouldn’t like the attention. He would have prefered to be behind the scenes,” said Meyer when asked what her brother would think about the movie.

This basketball coach had a big heart and spent his time coaching and helping his players. He was a good man and has changed many lives according to former players.

If this movie stays close to Don Wayne Meyers’ life, it should be touching.

“He loved what he did. He felt like a teacher and a learner,” his sister said.


Men’s basketball winningest coaches(NCAA and NAIA coaches listed)

1. Harry Statham 1,085 *
2. Danny Miles 1,016 *
3. Mike Krzyzewski 999 *
4. Herb Magee 995 *
5. Jim Boeheim 961 *
6. DON MEYER 923
7. Bob Knight 902
8. Dave Holmquist 888 *
9. Glenn Robinson 883 *
10. Dean Smith 879
11. Adolph Rupp 876
12. Jim Calhoun 873
13. Larry Holley 856 *
14. Jim Phelan 830
15. Clarence Gaines 828
16. Jerry Johnson 821
17. Eddie Sutton 804
18. Willie Holley 788 *
19. Lefty Driesell 78
620. Lute Olson 780

* Active Coaches