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Forum staff reports, Published February 22 2010

Basketball wins leader retiring after this year

ABERDEEN, S.D. – The NCAA’s winningest men’s basketball coach is retiring.

Northern State University’s Don Meyer says he no longer has the necessary physical or mental energy to continue running the basketball program at its “highest possible level.” He will retire at the end of the season.

The 65-year-old Meyer in September 2008 was critically injured in a car accident that later resulted in the amputation of his left leg below the knee. While doctors were treating him they discovered he had an inoperable form of cancer.

Heading into the final week of regular season play, Meyer has 922 wins and 323 losses. In January 2009, he broke Bob Knight’s record of 902 wins.

Northern State President James Smith calls Meyer a legendary coach and a legendary person. He says Meyer will remain on staff helping promote the northern South Dakota school.

The Wolves face Minnesota State Moorhead in Moorhead at 8 p.m. Wednesday night.