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Cindy Meyer Wins No. 500

With the Tigers win over Dakota Wesleyan on Friday night, Doane Head Coach Cindy Meyer joined the 500 win club.

"I had no clue (about 500 wins), it just means I'm old," laughed Meyer.  "I've been around a long time but I have had such great players, assistants, and colleagues."

Meyer started as the Tigers' head coach in 1987 with her first win coming in the first game she coached, a 3-2 victory over College of St. Mary.  In that time she has taken Doane College to five NAIA National Tournament and coached six conference players-of-the-year, 10 All-Americans and 20 Scholar-Athletes.

"The key has been my colleagues, from Fred Beile to Bob Erickson to Ed Fye," said Meyer.  "They always came in the day after a game to see how we did and that makes you feel good.  The coaches that use to be here to the coaches now, it feels like a big family and it is fun to come to work."

Fye, the Doane track and field coach, was in attendance and one of the first to congratulate Meyer, who received the game ball from this year's seniors.

Meyer's coaching career got started at Ainsworth High School where she won 83 games before coming to Doane.  Her connection to high school coaches has helped her build her program to the level they are at today.

"I have been fortunate to recruit great kids," Meyer commented.  "It has been fun to see them develop and to keep in touch with them after they graduate has been rewarding.  The administration has been a key in helping develop the program, starting when President Brown was here.  He had a drive for athletics."