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Former DePaul head coach Joey Meyer dies at 74

DePaul head coach Joey Meyer crouching on the court

Mar 1984; unknown location, USA; FILE PHOTO; DePaul Blue Demons assistant coach Ray Meyer (left) and his father, head coach Joey Meyer (right) on the sideline during the 1983-84 season. Mandatory Credit: Malcolm Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Former DePaul head coach and beloved Chicago basketball figure Joey Meyer has died at the age of 74.

Longtime Chicago Bulls radio broadcaster Chuck Swirsky announced the news Friday night in a post on X.

“A wonderful family man, a Chicago coaching icon and a former college basketball Coach of the Year has passed away,” said Swirsky.

“Former DePaul Head Coach Joey Meyer was a friend of mine for 44 year. Joey was an incredible husband, father, brother, son, friend. A huge loss for everyone. RIP”

No cause of death was given.

Several friends and supporters spoke kindly of Meyer on social media.

DePaul basketball also posted a message mourning the loss.

From 1968 to 1971, Meyer played point guard under his father and coach Ray Meyer on the DePaul men’s basketball team. Joey averaged 16.4 points per game, leading the team in scoring during his final season.

The younger Meyer went on to take over as head coach of DePaul during the 1984-85 season. He led the Blue Demons to the NCAA tournament in 7 of his first 8 seasons as head coach.

Meyer’s best campaign as DePaul head coach came during the 1986-97 season. The Blue Demons finished with a 28-3 record and lost in the NCAA tournament regional semifinals that year.


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