Jeff Meyer, who has strong ties to both head coach LaVall Jordan and Butler University, returned to the Butler staff as an assistant coach in June of 2017.
Meyer, who has been a college coach for 38 seasons, and Jordan reunite at Butler. They worked together as assistant coaches on John Beilein’s staff at Michigan for six seasons after previously serving together on Todd Lickliter’s Butler staff during the 2003-04 season. In total, Meyer was a member of the Butler staff for three seasons (2001-04). Meyer was on the Michigan staff for a total of nine seasons.
In the six seasons that Meyer and Jordan were together at Michigan (prior to Jordan leaving to take the head coaching position at Milwaukee), the Wolverines posted a record of 143-70 and made the NCAA Tournament in five of those six seasons, including a run to the 2013 NCAA national championship game.
Meyer spent three seasons at Butler (2001-04), where he helped guide the Bulldogs to back-to-back Horizon League Championships (2002, 2003), advancing to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2003. He spearheaded the recruiting efforts and played a vital role in the Bulldogs' player-skill development program, game preparation and strategy. Butler registered a 69-26 mark during his three seasons.
Throughout his career, Meyer has amassed 735 wins with 15 trips to the NCAA Tournament. Michigan averaged more than 20 wins per season during his time in Ann Arbor, reaching the NCAA Tournament in seven of those nine seasons. Following the 2013 national championship game appearance, the Wolverines made it back-to-back Elite Eight appearances as U-M returned in 2014.
Michigan claimed a share of the 2012 Big Ten regular-season title with a 13-5 record -- the first for the program since 1986. The Wolverines just missed claiming a share of the 2013 conference title after a last second loss in the regular season finale, but won their first outright Big Ten title in 28 years in 2014 with a 15-3 record, winning the league by three games.
The Wolverines won the 2017 Big Ten Tournament championship, the program’s first since 1998. The title completed a memorable five-day stretch that began Wednesday, March 8 with the team's plane sliding off the runway following an aborted takeoff attempt. After landing in Washington, D.C., Thursday morning and arriving at the arena less than two hours before tipoff, the No. 8-seeded Wolverines proceeded to become the lowest-seeded team to win the Big Ten Tournament and the second to claim the title by winning four games in four days. Michigan would also advance to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2017.
Meyer assisted 10 Wolverines to All-Big Ten honors -- Manny Harris (2009, 2010), DeShawn Sims (2009, 2010), Darius Morris (2011), Trey Burke (2012, 2013), Tim Hardaway Jr. (2012, 2013), Nik Stauskas (2014), Caris LeVert (2014), Derrick Walton Jr. (2016, 2017), Zak Irvin (2016, 2017), and Moritz Wagner (2017).
The Wolverines also had back-to-back Big Ten Player of the Years with Burke in 2013 and Stauskas in 2014. In addition, Burke went on to earn consensus National Player of the Year and All-America honors in 2013.
With over a dozen professional players to his credit during his coaching career, Meyer has helped seven Wolverines reach the next level including two lottery picks -- Burke in 2013 (Utah Jazz, No. 9) and Stauskas in 2014 (Sacramento Kings, No. 8).
In addition to those two selections, Meyer has helped an additional five Wolverines get drafted by the NBA: Morris (2011, No. 41 by Los Angeles Lakers), Hardaway Jr. (2013, No. 24 by New York Knicks), Mitch McGary (2014, No. 21 by Oklahoma City Thunder), Glenn Robinson III (2014, No. 40 by Minnesota Timberwolves), and LeVert (2016, No. 20 Brooklyn Nets).
Prior to joining the Wolverine staff, Meyer spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Indiana University (2006-08), helping the Hoosiers to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances (2007, 2008). Before his time in Bloomington, Meyer spent two seasons as an assistant at the University of Missouri (2004-06), where the Tigers made an NIT appearance in 2005.
Before his time at Butler, Meyer was the associate head coach at Winthrop University (1998-2001), helping the Eagles win three straight Big South Tournament titles and secure three straight NCAA Tournament berths (1999, 2000, 2001).
Prior to his assistant coaching career, Meyer spent 16 years as the head coach at Liberty University (1981-97), registering a 259-206 overall record becoming the Flames' all-time winningest coach -- a mark he still holds today. He led Liberty to the 1994 Big South Tournament championship and a bid to the NCAA Tournament. He was instrumental in helping Liberty make the transition from NAIA to NCAA Division I. In addition to his outstanding efforts as a head coach, Meyer's program also produced successful individuals in the classroom, earning a 90-percent graduation rate (45 of 50 student-athletes) from 1981 to 1997.
Meyer began his coaching career as an assistant to Lee Rose at Purdue University (1978-80), where he earned his master's degree. He was part of a Boilermakers squad that reached the 1980 NCAA Final Four, following a Big Ten regular-season co-championship and earn a 1979 NIT final appearance. Meyer spent an additional season with Rose at the University of South Florida (1980-81), helping the Bulls to an appearance in the NIT, before becoming the head coach at Liberty.
Meyer, a native of Reynolds, Ind., is a 1976 graduate of Taylor University where he was recently inducted into its Athletic Hall of Fame (2014). He and his wife, Karen, are the parents of two daughters, Holli and Sarah, and a son, Josh. They have four grandchildren.
Omar Lowery joined Coach LaVall Jordan's staff at Butler beginning with the 2017-18 season. He serves as an assistant coach. Lowery spent the 2016-17 season as an assistant on Jordan’s staff at Milwaukee.
In their one season guiding the Panthers, Milwaukee advanced to the Horizon League Tournament championship game. Milwaukee entered the postseason as the tournament's No. 10 seed before making a miraculous run through the bracket. Milwaukee’s staff inherited only four returning scholarship players when they took over the Panthers' program in April of 2016.
At Milwaukee, Lowery was involved in all aspects of the program, including scouting, player development, and recruiting. He will have similar responsibilities as part of the Butler staff.
Prior to joining Jordan’s staff at Milwaukee, Lowery spent two seasons as an assistant at Sam Houston State, helping direct the team to 44 victories and postseason appearances both years.
While at Sam Houston State, Lowery mentored Michael Holyfield, the Defensive Player of the Year in the Southland Conference. He set the school’s single-season record for blocks (86). He also coached Aurimas Majauskas of Lithuania to second-team all-league honors as a junior after averaging 14.1 points per game.
Lowery’s extensive coaching background includes a season at San Jose State, four years as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Cal Poly, and three seasons at Texas State.
At both San Jose State and Cal Poly, Lowery was heavily involved in recruiting and was also in charge of skill development for the post players.
Cal Poly basketball saw a new level of success while Lowery was there, setting a program record for Big West victories and a school record for home wins in one season. The team also posted the program's first-ever win over a ranked opponent when it toppled No. 11 UCLA, 70-68, on the road. He molded Chris Eversley into a First-Team All-Big West performer and Malik Love, Jr., was tabbed the 2011 Big West Co-Freshman of the Year.
While at Texas State (2006-09), he helped recruit seven players ranked among the Top 40 Texas high school prospects and the team increased its victory total each of three seasons Lowery was on the bench.
Prior to joining the Texas State staff, Lowery served as a graduate assistant at Eastern New Mexico after several seasons as a high school assistant coach.
As a collegiate player, Lowery began his career at South Plains College before transferring to Concordia University Wisconsin, where he earned All-Lake Michigan Conference First-Team honors. He helped Concordia qualify for the 2000 NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time in school history after setting a school record by averaging 16.3 points per game.
A Wisconsin native, Lowery graduated from CUW in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education. He received his master's degree in sports administration from Eastern New Mexico in 2006.
Lowery has one son, Miles.
Emerson Kampen, a 2013 Butler graduate and former Butler basketball player, transitions into the role of assistant coach for the 2017-18 season. In this position, Kampen is involved in all aspects of the program, including recruiting, skill development, and scouting.
Kampen has been part of the Butler coaching staff since he graduated. He served as the basketball analyst for the past two seasons, having previously held assistant coach and graduate assistant positions.
The 2016-17 team posted a 25-9 record, a second-place finish in the BIG EAST, and advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2011. The BIG EAST finish was Butler's best since joining the conference prior to the 2013-14 season.
Kampen helped the 2015-16 Bulldogs to a record of 22-11 and its second consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament, advancing to the second round.
Kampen began the 2014-15 season as a graduate assistant for the Bulldogs. He stepped in to fill an assistant coach position when Chris Holtmann was elevated to head coach just prior to the start of the season, and he helped the Bulldogs to a 23-11 season, a tie for second place in the BIG EAST and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. Butler advanced to the Round of 32.
He began his coaching career during the 2013-14 season as a graduate assistant, handling a variety of administrative and on-court duties on then Coach Brandon Miller’s staff.
A former Yorktown High School basketball standout, Kampen was a four-year letterwinner and five-year team member with the Bulldogs, 2008-13. He played on Butler’s two Final Four teams, and he served as a co-captain of the Bulldogs’ 2012-13 team, which posted a 27-9 record and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. During his five seasons at Butler, the Bulldogs compiled a 136-45 record and made five straight postseason tournament appearances.
Kampen earned a marketing degree from Butler in 2013. He and his wife, Kylie, had a son, Emerson IV, who tragically passed away in 2016 after being diagnosed with Leigh's Disease, a terminal, genetic disease. He was eight months old.
Coordinator of Basketball Operations
Brandon Crone, a four-year letterwinner and two-time team captain with the Bulldogs, begins his fourth season on the Butler staff as Coordinator of Basketball Operations. He handles a variety of organizational and administrative duties for the Bulldogs, including team travel and scheduling.
In his first three seasons as a member of the Butler staff, the Bulldogs have made NCAA Tournament appearances each year, and won a combined 70 games. The 2016-17 team advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2011.
Crone enjoyed a successful playing career at Butler, helping the Bulldogs to 78 victories and two postseason tournament berths over his four seasons. He was named Butler’s Most Valuable Player in 2006-07, after leading the Bulldogs to a 29-7 record and a berth in the NCAA Sweet 16.
Crone first arrived at Butler in 2003, following a successful high school basketball career at Frankfort High School. He was a two-time All-State performer at Frankfort, and he was named to the Indiana All-Star Team following his senior season. He was one of just nine players in the state to average a double-double as a senior.
After graduating from Butler, Crone went on to play professional basketball for three seasons in Europe. He returned to the U.S. in 2010 and accepted a position as assistant basketball coach at Park Tudor High School in Indianapolis, where he helped lead the Panthers to the 2011 Indiana Class 2A state championship. He went on to serve as an assistant coach for three seasons at Nova Southeastern, an NCAA Division II school in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
A 2007 Butler graduate with a marketing degree, Crone and his wife, Morgan, are the parents of two children: son, Kellar, and daughter, Arlowe.