By Sgt. James Geelen | 4th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division
FORT CARSON, Colo. — Not many athletes or coaches will ever say they are satisfied with second place. Many competitors strive to improve on their last performance, and the same holds true for Maj. Michael R. Meyers II, executive officer, 4th Special Troops Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 4th Infantry Division. When Meyers was selected to coach the All-Army Women’s basketball team for the second year in a row, his goal was to do better than last year’s silver medal.
“I absolutely feel this team has improved,” Meyers said. “Last year we lost three games to the U.S. Navy and won the silver medal. This year we came together, played great and won the gold medal.”
Even after finishing with a 6-1 record and winning the tournament, Meyers still saw areas for improvement.
“I would like to see us play better defense, and we lost another game to the Navy,” Meyers said. “Call me greedy but I would like to have an undefeated tournament, but that might not be realistic when you’re playing games every day.”
The winning coach automatically becomes the coach for the U.S. Armed Forces women’s basketball team.
“I’ve been selected to coach the women’s team at the 7th Military World Games,” Meyers said. “These games are governed by the International Military Sports Council (CISM), which is one step below the Olympic committee as a governing body.”
The Military World Games take place every four years, one year before the Olympic Games are held. This year’s games will be held Oct. 14-24, 2019 in Wuhan City, China.
“Maj. Meyers is a passionate professional who cares about what he does; he’s determined and won’t accept anything less than winning,” said Lt. Col. Gavin Luher, battalion commander, 4th STB, 4th SB. “I couldn’t think of anyone better to represent the unit, Fort Carson and the Army on a global stage.”
This year’s women’s team will be comprised of five Soldiers, four Sailors, two Airmen and a Marine.
“All these great services are involved with their best athletes stepping forward to represent our country,” Meyers said. “This is an amazing and humbling opportunity.”
As Meyers and his team continue to prepare to represent the U.S., the 4th STB leadership believes they will make everyone proud.
“If his team accepts his leadership and approaches their craft with as much planning and preparation as Maj. Meyers does here at work, they will be extremely successful,” Luher said. “Win or lose, everyone here will be cheering them.”