The University of Findlay will honor Ken Meyer ’74 of Minster with the Lifetime Achievement Award during the 40th Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, in Winebrenner Theological Seminary.
Meyer served many roles during his 35-year career as an educator, coach and bus driver at Marion Local High School. Meyer was Marion Local’s head football coach for 19 years and recorded a 70 percent career winning percentage. Under his leadership, in 1981, the Flyers became the first school in Mercer County history to quality for the Ohio High School Athletic Association football playoffs, finishing as a state semifinalist. In 1993, the school finished as a regional semifinalist. His teams also won four Midwest Athletic Conference titles and finished as runners-up eight times. Meyer was named MAC’s Coach of the Year four times.
As the head track coach for 17 years, Meyer was recognized six times as the MAC Coach of the Year. His teams’ list of accomplishments include an OHSAA girls’ state runners-up title in 1989. Meyer added six more MAC team titles along with three OHSAA regional and district championships, one regional runners-up and four district runners-up titles. The Head Coach Longevity Award was given to Meyer by the Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches for his 20 years of service. He also received District 7 Girls’ Coach of the Year honors in 1988.
Meyer was awarded Findlay College’s F.J. Egner Award Alumni Coach of the Year twice each in both football and track. While a student, Meyer earned two letters during his four years as a football player at Findlay and was a member of two Hoosier-Buckeye Conference championship teams.
Retiring from Marion Local Schools in 2008, Meyer served two more years as an assistant football coach at Minster High School and helped the Wildcats qualify for the playoffs in both 2010 and 2011.
He and his wife reside in Minster.