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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Nov. 28, 2007

Bostwick Named AFCA Assistant Coach of the Year

MARYVILLE, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State assistant football coach Scott Bostwick has been named the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) 2007 Division II Assistant Coach of the Year. Bostwick is in his 14th season as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Northwest.

"Scott's been with us since I came here," said Northwest head coach Mel Tjeerdsma. "You won't find anyone more passionate about his job, our school and our kids. His work ethic is great no matter if it's recruiting, fund raising, the golf tournament or whatever it is."

Bostwick has helped the Bearcats to back-to-back national titles in 1998 and 1999 and back-to-back championship appearances the past two seasons. He's coached four MIAA Most Valuable Players, including senior linebacker Jared Erspamer this season. He's developed two AFCA All-Americans, an Academic All-American, a Draddy Award finalist and close to 40 first-team All-MIAA selections.

Bostwick has started two different community involvement programs for Bearcat Athletics - the annual Spring Clean-Up and the Shawna Zech Memorial Bearcat Golf Classic, which annually raises up to $40,000 for the football team.

"The thing I admire most about Scott is what he does with his family," said Tjeerdsma. "His wife, Sue, is a flight attendant and is gone a lot. He coaches his son's baseball team and helps with basketball. He'll leave practice so he can watch his daughter play volleyball. He's really family oriented and I think that's important."

Northwest is allowing 19.1 points per game this season, the lowest average in the MIAA. The Bearcats allow a league-low 92.1 yards rushing, a mark that ranks ninth in the nation. Northwest ranked eighth in the nation a year ago in run defense and 11th in total defense. In 2004, Northwest set a program record by allowing 94 yards rushing per game.

In 2006, Bostwick was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at Nebraska Wesleyan University, where he excelled on the gridiron. He was also the program's defensive coordinator from 1986-90. Prior to joining the staff at Northwest, Bostwick spent four years at Western Washington University.

Bostwick joins former Northwest assistant Bart Tatum as Bearcats who have earned the AFCA Assistant Coach of the Year Award. Tatum, currently the head coach at Missouri Southern, won the award in 2001. Only four other institutions in all divisions of the NCAA have had two winners of the award.

Bostwick was one of three finalists for this year's Division II award. Jarod Dodson of South Dakota and Matt Entz of Winona State were the other candidates.

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Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

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