Fort Wayne Names Joey Meyer Head Coach

FORT WAYNE, IN - The Fort Wayne Mad Ants officially announced today that former DePaul coach Joey Meyer, the NBA D-League all-time wins leader, has been named the head coach of the Mad Ants.

Meyer had been rumored to be the favorite for the Fort Wayne job for several weeks. This will be Meyer's 8th season as a head coach in the NBA D-League.

The Mad Ants are the D-League Affiliate of the Indiana Pacers. Meyer signed a two year contract with the team, the team announced today in a release.

"We are extremely pleased to bring someone of Joey's caliber to our head coaching position," Mad Ants President Jeff Potter said in a statement. "Joey brings a wealth of experience to our organization and is a great first step to bringing a NBA D-League championship to Fort Wayne."

"I am very excited for this opportunity," Meyer said. "From talking with people around the league, they have nothing but positive things to say about this organization. I am also excited to be so close to home and to have my family be a part of my coaching career again."

Meyer began his coaching career at DePaul in 1984 and was head coach of the Blue Demons for 13 seasons. The Chicago native is the son of legendary Hall of Fame DePaul coach Ray Meyer. Joey served under his father as an assistant coach for 11 years. Meyer finished his career at DePaul with a 231-158 record, including six 20-win seasons, seven NCAA tournament appearances, and three NIT bids.

Joey entered professional coaching in 2000 when he was named the head coach of the Chicago Skyliners of the ABA 2000. He led the Skyliners to a 29-11 record.

Meyer moved to the D-League in 2001 as head coach of the Asheville (North Carolina) Altitude. With the Altitude, Meyer won back to back D-League Championships in 2004 and 2005. He then became the coach of the Tulsa 66ers from 2005 to 2008.

Joey spent this last season as a scout for the Los Angeles Clippers.

Meyer currently lives in Chicago with his wife Barbara. He has one son, Brian, who is a scout with the Chicago Bulls.


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