Butler Men’s Basketball Staff Update

Butler men’s basketball assistant coach Jeff Meyer has recently announced his retirement, due to family considerations and COVID-19 concerns.
The program’s basketball analyst Will Vergollo will move into an assistant coach position for the upcoming 2020-21 season in an interim capacity.
“Jeff has been a tremendous mentor for several generations of student-athletes and coaches alike,” said head coach LaVall Jordan. “He’s been a loyal friend for nearly 20 years and his mentorship to me personally has been invaluable throughout my career. We will miss his everyday energy, his vast basketball knowledge and his experience.”
After working together as assistant coaches at both Butler and Michigan previously, Jordan hired Meyer to his Butler staff when he was named head coach in 2017.
In his 41 seasons as a college coach, Meyer coached in 1,290 games, with his teams winning 794 of those (.616 winning percentage). That includes a total of six seasons (2001-04 and 2017-20) at Butler as an assistant. The Bulldogs were a combined 128-66 in those six campaigns, including a run to the 2003 Sweet 16. His 16 NCAA Tournament appearances also includes 2018 at Butler. The 2019-20 Bulldogs finished the season 22-9 and ranked in the Top 25 of both national polls. The Bulldogs were included in every 2020 NCAA Tournament projection before the COVID-19 pandemic canceled the remainder of the season. 
“Although the timing is not ideal, I am confident that Coach Vall and his Leadership Team will move forward ‘The Butler Way’,” said Meyer. “Coach Vall has been amazing to my family and me. We appreciate, more than words can say, the opportunity we have had to return to Butler University and Butler Basketball.”
Meyer served as the head coach at Liberty for 16 seasons and is the Flames’ winningest coach in program history. Meyer’s coaching career began at Purdue in 1978 and has featured highlights throughout the state of Indiana. He helped the Boilermakers to the 1980 Final Four, in addition to making NCAA Tournament appearances as a member of the coaching staff at both Butler and Indiana. He and Jordan were also together on the Michigan staff as the Wolverines advanced to the 2013 national championship game and the 2014 Elite Eight.
Jordan also hired Vergollo in 2017 as a member of his first staff at Butler. Vergollo arrived in Indianapolis alongside Jordan after serving as an assistant coach under Jordan in Milwaukee during the 2016-17 season. Jordan, Vergollo and Meyer also served together on John Beilein’s Michigan staff for several seasons.
In his current analyst role, Vergollo oversees video operations and analytics, while assisting with preparation of scouting reports. In his assistant coaching role, he will take on additional responsibilities related to player development, on-court instruction, and recruiting.

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