Meyers takes over helm of Westmoreland boys basketball team

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WESTMORELAND — Michael Meyers has been hired as the new head coach of the varsity boys basketball team for the Westmoreland Bulldogs.

The Board of Education Tuesday approved the hiring of Meyers for a salary of $5,516.

When current Westmoreland athletic director Mike Adey left the coaching position at New York Mills it was Meyers who replaced him there for the 2016-17 season.

Meyers, age 43, is a native of Canton, NY, and was the head coach of his alma mater’s girls basketball team for 10 seasons. At Canton he built a program that won four Section X titles. He moved on to New York Mills, replacing Mike Adey as boys basketball coach. Adey, who retired as the winningest coach in Section III, is now the athletic director at Westmoreland. At New York Mills, Meyers was 41-23 in three seasons (2016-19), reaching the sectional semifinals in his first year.

Since his time at New York Mills, Meyers has coached only his daughter’s AAU team. Why come back to the high school game? “The two years that I’ve coached my daughter’s AAU team, being in the gym,” he said, made him want to get back to coaching at the high school level. He lives in Rome, and Westmoreland is close by, he noted. “Being very comfortable with Mike (Adey), I thought this might be the right spot for me.”

As for his style, Meyers said: “We’re going to get after it. I know a little bit about the group and their past success. A lot of the kids were freshmen on the team my last year at (New York) Mills,” so he’s seen them in action. “We’ll be in your face. Like the old Arkansas Razorbacks we’re going to play our own version of 32 minutes of hell.”

“Excited to get going,” Meyers said.

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