Transitioning from player to coach

Transy assistant Barrett Meyer working toward goal of one day leading a program

By Nate Parsons Published:

Since high school, Barrett Meyer has had aspirations of becoming  a basketball coach.

So when the opportunity arose to actually do that, the former Franklin County High School and Transylvania University standout couldn’t pass it up.

Meyer is nearing the end of his first season as an assistant coach on the Transy men’s basketball staff, joining head coach Brian Lane and assistant Nate Valentine.

“Back in high school around my junior or senior year is when I really started thinking about making a serious profession out of it,” said Meyer, a 2009 graduate of FCHS and 2013 graduate of Transy.

“(Lane and Valentine) talked to me at the end of my senior year about staying here and helping out because a position had opened up … so it seemed like a good opportunity for me to stay here and help out.”

Meyer’s familiarity with the coaches, players and program has certainly helped make the transition from playing to coaching be as smooth as possible.

“I didn’t need to build a new relationship and prove to them what I knew about the game and my knowledge of basketball and things like that,” said the 23-year-old Meyer, who majored in business and is planning on attending grad school in the fall. “That’s kind of helped me gain more responsibilities a lot faster.

“I’ve kind of just tried to pick things up as I go and get more responsibilities. (Lane) hasn’t told me to stop, so he’s been great letting me do a lot with the guys.”

Meyer was very successful as a player at Transy, starting all four years from 2009-13. He helped the Pioneers win a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference title and make two appearances in the NCAA Tournament.

During his playing career, Meyer was named to the HCAC All-Conference team three times and was named the HCAC Freshman of the Year. He finished with 1,328 points — good for 22nd on the all-time scoring list — and he holds the HCAC record for the most 3-pointers made in a single game with 11.

When asked what his favorite aspect of coaching is, Meyer said, “It’s the same as a player — seeing the success from the work that you’ve put in.”

“So as a player, obviously, getting up a lot of shots, playing hard in practice and improving your game — when you see those results on the court as a player it’s really satisfying,” Meyer said. “And it’s the same as a coach. Whether it’s working guys out individually or certain things that you tell them, when you see that success in games it’s really a good feeling knowing that you had some part in it.”

Transy hasn’t fared too well in Meyer’s first season on the sidelines, as the Pioneers are 9-16 overall and 7-11 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference entering this week’s conference tournament. They will play at the College of Mount St. Joseph (16-8, 13-5) at 7:30 p.m. today.

“We have a pretty talented roster and we’ve had some guys get banged up, so we really haven’t been full strength hardly any of the year until the last few games,” Meyer said.

“They are a physical team and a tough matchup for our young team. We are talented enough as basketball players, but we will need our best rebounding effort of the year to match their strength and physicality.”

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