RECRUITING AREA: Greater Akron
Jim Meyer enters his 11th season and his first as the inside linebackers coach at Baldwin Wallace University in 2019.
Meyer, a 1978 graduate of the University of Akron, came to BW after a one-year stint as the Special Teams Coordinator and Linebackers Coach at Division II Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Meyer's special teams unit finished third in the nation in kickoff return average at 25.9 yards-per-return. He also coached two linebackers to Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors on a defense that ranked second in the GLIAC.
Prior to Wayne State, Meyer was the Assistant Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator at Division II Ashland University from 2004-2007. His defense ranked seventh in the nation in 2005 at 265.8 ypg. He helped lead the 2007 squad to an 8-1 record and a spot in the NCAA Division II National Playoffs.
Meyer has twice coached defensive ends at his alma mater (Akron), including mentoring now NFL All-Pro Jason Taylor in 1996. He also has made stops in the collegiate ranks at Malone College from 2001-02, Kenyon College from 1987-94 and Bethany (W.Va.) College from 1982-87. While at Kenyon, Meyer served as head coach and was named North Coast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 1989.
Meyer also spent time as Head Football Coach and Athletic Director at Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary High School from 1997 to 2001. His first coaching job was as a graduate assistant position at Akron in 1976.
Meyer graduated from St. Vincent-St. Mary in 1973 and received his Bachelor of Science degree in health and physical education from Akron. He also earned his Master of Science in P.E. degree from Akron in 1981. As a player, Meyer was a co-captain on Akron's 1976 squad that finished national runner up in Division II.