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Feb. 3, 2009
Bearcat Head Men's Basketball Coach Steve Tappmeyer will be recognized prior to the start of the Wednesday, Feb. 4, home game against the University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks for achieving 400 career wins.
Tappmeyer became the 28th active NCAA Division II head coach to reach the 400-win plateau with the Bearcats' 83-68 victory over William Woods on Dec. 17.
University officials will present Tappmeyer with a resolution approved last month by Northwest's Board of Regents. The ceremony will take place immediately prior to the start of the men's game at 7:30 p.m. in Bearcat Arena and following the women's contest, which begins at 5:30 p.m.
Tappmeyer is in his 21st season of leading Northwest and is the winningest coach in program history. His mark of at least 15 wins in each of his last 11 seasons is a program record.
Last season, the Bearcats finished 24-8 overall, were 12-6 in the MIAA and won their fourth MIAA tournament title. In addition, Northwest advanced to the NCAA tournament for the eighth time in the last nine years and advanced to the round of 32 before bowing out against eventual regional winner Central Oklahoma.
Tappmeyer picked up his fourth MIAA Coach of the Year award following the 2006-'07 season after guiding Northwest to a conference co-championship. The Bearcats were 24-7 overall, 15-3 in the league and advanced to the second round of the postseason tournament.
The Bearcats also featured the MIAA's Most Valuable Player in sophomore Hunter Henry and the league's Freshman of the Year in Lance Sullivan. Henry is the third Northwest MVP in the last 10 seasons under Tappmeyer and later was named the coach's fourth All-American. Sullivan was the second player under Tappmeyer to be named the league's Freshman of the Year.
The 2006-'07 season marked the eighth time in the last 10 years that the Bearcats surpassed 21 wins. Northwest played solid defense, had few turnovers and maintained all 17 halftime leads. The Bearcats ranked fourth in the nation in scoring defense, ninth in scoring margin and 13th in fewest turnovers.
Northwest won 29 games in 2001-'02 and again in 2003-'04 with both teams reaching the NCAA Division II Elite Eight. The 2002 team won both the MIAA regular season and tournament championships, while the 2004 squad won the MIAA tournament and, on Jan. 13, became the first Bearcat basketball team to earn a No. 1 ranking.
Northwest's 2005 team made the most 3-pointers in school history with 268, and the 2006 squad won 22 games and advanced to the Sweet 16.
One of Tappmeyer's most impressive feats is his ability to win at home. Northwest was 135-20 at home over its last 11 seasons and went undefeated in Bearcat Arena two years ago.
Tappmeyer was named Kodak Coach of the Year following his first season at Northwest in 1989. He earned regional coach of the year honors in 2001.
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