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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

June 5, 2011

Northwest mourns death of football coach

Updated June 10, 2011

Scott Bostwick


Listen to audio of the June 5, 2011, news conference regarding Scott Bostwick's death by clicking here. Speaking are Director of Athletics Wren Baker, University President Dr. John Jasinski and Northwest football coaching staff.

Listen to audio of the June 8, 2011, memorial service by clicking here.

View video of the June 9, 2011, Celebration of Life by clicking here.

View video: Coach Bostwick formally introduced to Bearcat nation

Click here for a collection of Northwest football photos, including images of Scott Bostwick.



Scott Bostwick's obituary from Price Funeral Home


Media coverage


MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State University is deeply saddened to report that head football coach Scott Bostwick died late Sunday morning, June 5, of an apparent heart attack while he was mowing the lawn at his Maryville home.

The public honored Bostwick during a Celebration of Life service Thursday, June 9, at Bearcat Stadium. The Celebration of Life included tributes to Bostwick and took on a game-day atmosphere. Attendees were invited to wear Bearcat gear and attend a tailgate gathering at the Raymond J. Courter College Park Pavilion after the Celebration of Life service.

A public viewing was Wednesday afternoon, June 8, at the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts with a memorial service Wednesday night in the Mary Linn Auditorium. 

Memorials may be directed to the Leah and Eric Bostwick Education Fund in care of Nodaway Valley Bank

Bostwick, 49, was named Northwest's 18th head football coach in December. Prior to that, he served as the team's defensive coordinator since arriving at Northwest in 1994. During that span, the Bearcats won 12 MIAA championships and three NCAA Division II championships in 1998, 1999 and 2009, appearing in the title game seven times. 

The 2007 AFCA Assistant Coach of the Year, Bostwick continuously produced one of the top defenses in the nation. The Bearcats led the MIAA in scoring defense in each of the last five seasons and in total defense in two of the last three.

The Bearcats have finished in the top 10 nationally in stopping the run three times in the last five years, including 2006 when the team set a program record by allowing just 75 rushing yards per game. Only eight individuals have posted 100 yards rushing against Northwest in the last 77 games dating back to 2004.

Along with team success has come numerous individual accolades for Northwest defenders. Bostwick coached 20 defensive players who combined to appear on numerous All-America teams. Six Bearcats were named MIAA Defensive Player of the Year under Bostwick.
Bostwick mentored five first-team All-MIAA selections in 2010, the highest number in one season under his regime. He had four first-teamers three other times since 2005. Bostwick coached 54 Bearcats who combined to earn 83 All-MIAA honors.

Prior to joining the staff at Northwest, Bostwick spent four years at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash. He served as defensive coordinator at Nebraska Wesleyan, his alma mater, from 1986-1990.
Bostwick earned his bachelor's degree from Nebraska Wesleyan, where he was a four-year letterwinner and was named all-conference and all-district on the gridiron. He was inducted into that university's Athletic Hall of Fame in October of 2006 and is the program's third-leading tackler.
Bostwick is survived by his wife, Sue, and two children, Leah and Eric. 

Scott Bostwick

Scott Bostwick

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468