This is the fourth in a series of features with the RedHawk men's basketball staff by Miami University staff writer Peter Marx.
OXFORD, Ohio - First-year assistant coach Trey Meyer joined the Miami University men's basketball coaching staff in July after serving under head coach John Cooper at Tennessee State University for three seasons.
The 27-year-old South Carolina native spent his first two years at Tennessee State as a graduate assistant (2009-11), before becoming the team's director of basketball operations for a single season (2011-12).
Prior to his time with the Tigers, he worked as a student assistant for Clemson University, his alma mater, for three seasons. Meyer developed his coaching skills under current DePaul University head coach Oliver Purnell, who served as Clemson's head coach for seven seasons, and former Clemson assistant and current Virginia Commonwealth University head coach Shaka Smart.
"All these guys molded me in a certain way," he said. "I've used other people in coaching to guide me, help me and give me ideas on what I can do to make players better."
With the RedHawks, Meyer's main responsibilities include player development, scouting opponents and recruiting. He also serves as one of the team's academic advisors.
"I love recruiting. It's the name of the game. It's the reason why we're here. If you don't have players, you can't win," he said. "We want to get guys from Ohio. There's not one day that goes by that I don't do some kind of research or talk to somebody or go somewhere that involves a kid in Ohio."
Meyer said one of the things he enjoys most about coaching is building relationships with his players.
"We are heavily invested in the guys in our program from a personal standpoint," he said. "If we win the MAC Championship and one of our seniors doesn't graduate one year, I think for us it's a failure."
Meyer continued, "It's important for the fans to know that for us, as a staff, we take complete responsibility for them as a person before the player perspective. We want to make them better men, we want to make them better brothers, better husbands, whatever the case may be, we take it very seriously."
When he's not on the road recruiting, the young assistant coaches the frontcourt. Meyer, who says he coaches with a chip on his shoulder, is hands-on with the big men and a daily basis.
"He's incredible at everything he's done," Cooper said. "He's been absolutely incredible in his work ethic, his knowledge of the state and what's going on with recruiting."
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