Josh Meyer enters his sixth season as the men's basketball head coach at Saint Michael's in 2018-19 after previously serving as the squad's full-time assistant coach for two years.
The 2017-18 Purple Knights found their stride with a 4-1 run around the mid-season holiday break before taking three foes to overtime during a late-year six-game stretch, with a 76-74 upset of eventual NCAA Tournament qualifier Saint Anselm College capping that run. By connecting on 74.8 percent of its free throws, Saint Michael's turned in one of its top performances since the 1960s. Following the season, Levi Holmes III '19 became just the second CoSIDA Academic All-America selection in program history.
A highlight to the 2016-17 team's season came by virtue of an 84-81 upset victory over 24th-ranked Southern New Hampshire University, a squad that later finished as the Northeast-10 Conference Championship runner-up and an NCAA Tournament qualifier. The Purple Knights won in the University of New Haven's gym for the first time in six years, while also winning at Bentley University, the 2016 NE10 Championship runner-up before qualifying for the NCAA Tournament. Saint Michael's opened the campaign with a narrow 96-88 loss to No. 8 Saint Thomas Aquinas (N.Y.) College, which had been ranked as high as second in the nation during the preseason.
Meyer's young 2015-16 squad entered the year with only two players who had ever averaged as many as 20.0 minutes per game over an entire season. After winning two games over the first two and a half months, the Purple Knights rebounded with a 5-7 finish, including an 84-75 win over 19th-ranked Saint Anselm College, which later made a run to the NCAA Tournament East Region title game.
In 2014-15, Meyer joined Barry Branon '36, who coached from 1949-50 to 1951-52, as the only head coaches in program history to register at least 18 wins in each of his first two seasons, as the Purple Knights went 18-11 overall and 12-9 in the NE-10. Saint Michael's posted back-to-back 18-win seasons for just the eighth time and advanced to its first NE-10 Championship semifinal in 14 seasons. The Purple and Gold claimed the No. 4 seed from the Northeast and downed Southwest No. 5 The College of Saint Rose, 68-65, in the first round before traveling to Southwest No. 1 Southern Connecticut State University and pulling an 81-79 upset in the quarterfinals against a team that eventually qualified for its second straight NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. It was the Purple and Gold's third victory over the nationally-ranked Owls during the season. Saint Michael's fell to Northeast No. 2 Saint Anselm in the semifinals.
The Purple Knights knocked down 266 three-pointers during the season, six shy of the eight-year-old school record, while finishing 10th in Division II and first in the East Region in rebound margin (+7.9). Saint Michael's received votes toward both national polls on Dec. 30 while being regionally ranked for much of the season.
During his first season as a college head coach, Meyer led the Purple Knights to an 18-9 mark in 2013-14 and an appearance in the NE-10 Championship quarterfinals after earning a first-round bye. It was a historic season for the Purple Knights, who claimed their highest overall and conference (13) win totals in 13 years. The Purple and Gold landed a vote toward the Feb. 11 National Association of Basketball Coaches' (NABC) national poll, was ranked as high as sixth in the NCAA East Region rankings, and rattled off three different five-game winning steaks. Saint Michael's ranked among the top 40 nationally in seven statistical categories, including claiming second in all of Division II in defensive rebounds per game and 14th in field goal percentage defense. The Purple Knights were among the top five in the NE-10 in a dozen categories while holding 14 opponents to 70 points or fewer. Meyer's 18 wins were the most by a first-year head coach in the program since 1972-73.
With Meyer as an assistant coach in 2011-12 and 2012-13, the Purple and Gold held opponents to 70 points or fewer 37 times in 52 games over two winters, and finished among the NE-10's top five teams in four key defensive categories in 2012-13. Among all Division II squads, Saint Michael's was 29th in blocked shots per game that year and 30th in scoring defense.
Meyer joined the Purple Knights after spending the 2010-11 school year at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., where he worked as the director of recreation, intramurals and club sports. He also was the head coach of the boys' basketball program at Burncoat High School in Worcester during the 2009-10 season.
Before his employment at Holy Cross, Meyer spent two seasons as a graduate assistant with the Harvard University men’s basketball program. He earned his master’s degree in education from Harvard in 2008, completing the University’s Teacher Education Program, and contributed to all areas of the Ivy League program led by head coach Tommy Amaker.
Meyer previously was an assistant coach between 2004-05 and 2006-07 at Stonehill College, a fellow member of the NE-10. Meyer helped guide Stonehill to the 2006 NCAA Tournament Final Four, and during Meyer's three-year tenure with the Skyhawks, the team compiled a 63-27 record.
Prior to working at Stonehill, Meyer spent four years as a men’s basketball assistant coach at four different institutions. He was the assistant coach at Connecticut College in New London, Conn., in the 2003-04 season, an assistant coach at New York University for 2002-03, a graduate assistant at Fairfield (Conn.) University in 2001-02 and, in 2000-01, an assistant coach in New York City with the John Jay College of Criminal Justice men’s basketball program.
Meyer has a multitude of summer camp coaching and counselor experience, including at Division I institutions Fairfield, Harvard, the University of Connecticut, Dartmouth College, Duke University, the University of North Carolina and Northeastern University.
Meyer enjoyed a three-year career as a member of the men’s basketball program at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., averaging 7.6 points and 4.5 rebounds in 61 contests. Meyer captained the Cardinals as a senior and was named to the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) All-Academic team as a junior. Meyer’s teams compiled winning records in each of his final two seasons, and he graduated in 2000 with a degree in economics.
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