Our Trainer Has a Second Name, It's M-E-Y-E-R

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394277.jpeg On Saturday morning, the Notre Dame men's basketball team will play its 18th game of the season, fifth of the BIG EAST schedule, and fourth contest of the young year. For athletic trainer William "Skip" Meyer, this weekend's matchup with Connecticut will be a much more significant milestone - his 1,000th game with the Fighting Irish.

Meyer joined the Irish in 1979, a year when gas was 80 cents per gallon, the Pittsburgh Pirates were World Series champions and The Sugarhill Gang broke through with "Rapper's Delight," the first popular hip-hop song in the United States.

Since coming to Notre Dame, Meyer has worked with four head coaches, including Digger Phelps, John MacLeod, Matt Doherty, and current Irish head coach Mike Brey. The Fighting Irish have compiled a 609-390 record during Meyer's time as a trainer.

Here are a few more by-the-numbers statistics from Meyer's time with the Irish:

45 Consecutive Home Wins ... in the Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center beginning with a win over DePaul on Mar. 4, 2006 and ending with a loss to UConn on Jan. 24, 2009

29 Current Home Winning Streak ... which began with a victory over Pittsburgh on Feb. 24, 2010

21 Players who have entered the NBA ... Matt Carroll, LaPhonso Ellis, Pat Garrity, Luke Harangody, Ryan Humphrey, Tracy Jackson, Tim Kempton, Joe Kleine, Rob Kurz, Bill Laimbeer, Troy Murphy, John Paxson, Chris Quinn, David Rivers, Donald Royal, Tom Sluby, Keith Tower, Kelly Tripucka, Gary Voce, Monty Williams, Orlando Woolridge

15 NCAA Tournament Appearances

14 BIG EAST First Team All-Conference Selections ... Garrity (2x), Murphy (2x), Humphrey, Carroll, Quinn, Colin Falls, Russell Carter, Kyle McAlarney, Harangody (3x), Hansbrough

9 Consensus All-Americans ... 1st team: Murphy (2x), 2nd team: Tripucka, Paxson (2x), Garrity, Harangody (2x), Hansbrough

6 U.S. Presidents ... Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama

5 BIG EAST Conference Players of the Year ... Garrity, Murphy (2x), Harangody, Hansbrough

3 University Presidents ... Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C, Rev. Edward A. "Monk" Malloy, C.S.C., Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.

3 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships ... Paxson, Garrity, Tim Andree

2 BIG EAST Conference Rookies of the Year ... Murphy, Chris Thomas

As if game No. 1000 weren't already exciting enough for Meyer, the 33-year Notre Dame veteran is a native of Torrington, Conn., located only about 60 miles from the UConn campus in Storrs.

Just one more reason an Irish victory over the Huskies would be a perfect start to what looks to be a snowy Saturday in South Bend.

- Josh Flynt ('11)

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