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Beyond the Boxscore: Meyer breaks out holiday jacket for game

Quincy Notre Dame coach Kevin Meyer, right, chats with Nick Schwartz during the second quarter of Friday night's basketball game against Central at the Pit. | H-W Photo/Mat Mikesell
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Dec. 15, 2018 2:00 am Updated: Dec. 15, 2018 2:16 am

QUINCY -- The Raider Report, a daily update on happenings at Quincy Notre Dame that is e-mailed to students and parents, noted that the theme for the student section for Friday night's boys basketball game against Central was Christmas.

As expected, most of the students wore their favorite Santa hats, ugly Christmas sweaters and all sorts of holiday garb.

None of them, however, could top Raiders coach Kevin Meyer.

The fourth-year coach wore a white suit jacket, adorned with navy blue and light blue snowflakes, for the game. All the was missing was a switch that would have enabled the coat to have twinkling lights during the game.

He kept it a surprise from most of his team.

"I saw him get it out in the locker room, and I thought, ‘Go for it, Coach,'" senior Jonny Bottorff said.

Senior Nick Schwartz didn't get a sneak peek before he went out on the court for pregame warmups.

"When I walked out and saw it, it kind of caught me off guard, because for all the years I've played for him, I've never seen him do something like that," he said. "I thought it was a good look."

Meyer said he bought the jacket online about a month ago and had been waiting for the right time to wear it.

"So when I saw the Raider Report this morning, it made it real easy to wear it tonight," he said.

He said the ensemble -- shirt, tie, jacket and slacks -- was picked out by his wife, Christina.

"She dresses me every game," Meyer said.

He's not sure he will wear it again this season.

"It's kind of like an ugly Christmas sweater," he said. "You can't wear it in January, can you?"

However, he did admit he might be looking for more alternative jackets.

"We might have to dig into this a little more," Meyer said. "It's quirky, and it's way out of my comfort zone, but I want these guys to understand that we work hard and we can still have some fun. My main concern was: Is it goofy or disrespectful to the opponent? I don't think so."