Jan. 6, 2011
Bostwick's 'awesome' first week
By David Boyce
Spend a little time with Northwest Missouri State new head football coach Scott Bostwick and you will likely hear one word: awesome.
Bostwick simply enjoys coaching football and is upbeat around anyone who shares his passion.
For the last 17 years he's been the defensive coordinator at Northwest Missouri and perfectly content serving under Mel Tjeerdsma.
His world changed slightly when Tjeerdsma retired last week and a few days later Bostwick was elevated to head coach.
"If I was going to be a head coach, this is where I wanted to be," he said. "It wasn't something I actively would have sought."
Bostwick is currently feeling the love for his loyalty and patience.
Just the other day Bostwick ran into an old neighbor of his, Bob Bush, who said some nice words to him.
"He said, ‘the coolest thing about your hire is you understand the culture of Bearcat football. You know the dynamics of the community, the alumni and the faculty.'/" Bostwick said. "He's right. A person from the outside might have a hard time understanding that. What an awesome statement."
One of the calls Bostwick received came from Joe Bosse, who is on the Northwest Board of Regents.
"He said he was so proud to be part of the process. He said we knew one day this would happen. We are excited for Mel, but we are also excited for you. What an awesome thing to say," Bostwick said.
Now, don't think all Bostwick has been doing since he was officially hired as the head football coach on Friday is sitting around, receiving pats on the back, engulfed in a happy glow of taking over one of the best NCAA Division II football program in the country.
Bostwick has been busy recruiting his area of Western Iowa and Nebraska. He's putting together a staff and answering text messages from his players.
He's so busy that he couldn't take a vacation with his wife and daughter to Rome. That's Rome, Italy, not Rome, Missouri or Rome, Kansas.
But Bostwick is enjoying his time roaming Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri. One moment that stands out was when he was recruiting in Iowa with Joel Osborn, who had just completed his duties as grad assistant.
When they went to Harlan, Iowa, Osborn's hometown, Bostwick told Osborn's mother and father that Joel was going to be an assistant coach in charge of the wide receivers.
"That was worth every penny to see his mom's reaction and his dad's reaction," Bostwick said. "They were just so ecstatic and happy. It's so awesome that Joel gets to stay with us in a fulltime capacity. He's hitting the ground running. He was out recruiting Tuesday. His energy and passion for the game is second to none."
Bostwick also added Kenny Gordon to his staff to coach the secondary and be the special teams' coordinator.
"Joel is a Bearcat and so is Kenny Gordon. Kenny will bring Texas ties. He's from East Texas. He's a very passionate coach and again, he's a Bearcat," Bostwick said.
Bostwick is just as happy that Adam Dorrel is staying on as offensive coordinator and special teams' coordinator Richard Wright will be the new defensive coordinator.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Bostwick said it appeared quarterbacks coach Charlie Flohr was going to stay.
Bostwick credits Northwest President Dr. John Jasinki and athletic director Wren Baker for showing a commitment to keep the staff intact.
And Bostwick has already received the golden seal of approval from the previous head coach on his hires.
"He made a comment to me that he was proud of my first three hires. He said you are off to an awesome start," Bostwick said.
"Mel has been awesome. He's going to be around for a while. I will use him. There will be certain days I will ask how you do this and how you do that."
But this is now Bostwick's show. He will obviously do a few things differently from coach Tjeerdsma.
His football philosophy, though, is pretty similar.
"I strongly believe in two things: You need to be able to run the ball and you have to be able to stop the run," he said.
"The trade mark of our defense is we've been able to stop the run and coach Dorrel brought to our team an ability to run the ball. You have to be able to close games out in close games and be able to score in goal-line situations."
If the Bearcats can successfully do that then they will have an awesome 2011 season under Bostwick.
David Boyce spent more than 20 years covering high school and small college athletics at the Kansas City Star newspaper in Missouri. He's covered six of Northwest Missouri State's seven national championship football games and recently served as a guest columnist for the MIAA.
Boyce was named KIAAA Sportswriter of the Year in 1994. He covered boxing at the Star from 1991-2004 including Tommy Morrison and worked both championship fights between Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis. His 1997 exclusive story on Morrison becoming HIV positive was named an Associated Press Sports Editor top 10 feature for papers serving more than 150,000.
Boyce was born in New York City and was raised in Kansas City, Kan. He graduated from the University of Kansas in 1988 with a degree in journalism. He is currently one of three official scorers for the Kansas City Royals and is a contributing writer for the Royals Gameday magazine.
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