June 16, 2010
Champions Coaching Champions at Team Camps
MARYVILLE, Mo.-Nearly 50 teams and close to 2,000 individuals will have taken part in camps hosted by the national champion Northwest Missouri State football program by the end of June. It's the fifth consecutive summer the Bearcats have hosted team camps with this year's numbers expected to be the highest on record.
Instruction from four-time national coach of the year Mel Tjeerdsma, his coaching staff and more than 30 student-athletes off last season's championship team have paid dividends for high school coaches and players alike. Three teams that attended last year's summer camps went on to win 2009 state titles, including the local Maryville Spoofhounds.
The camps have also become an invaluable asset for Northwest and its athletic programs.
"We've signed more than 25 kids who have attended our camps in recent years," said Northwest defensive coordinator Scott Bostwick. "When you can get a prospective student on campus, evaluate him, see his work ethic and see how they compete, that's an invaluable tool."
Teams are assigned one or two Northwest players to serve as "team hosts" throughout the duration of the event. Campers stay in air conditioned residence halls on campus, move quickly in and out of the Bearcats' dining hall for meals and take advantage of facilities that include Bearcat Stadium and the number of practice fields that surround it.
"Many of these players might not play football here, but they might go to school here," said Bostwick. "Camps are a great way for us to show off our campus and for our admissions team to help answer questions and provide information."
Northwest boasts the cheapest team camp in the state for a three-day, two-night event. The money generated helps fund the football team, its staff and local businesses. Dominos made 180 large pizzas in two nights. Close to 50 dozen wings were purchased from Carson's Sports Grill. Bubba's BBQ also provided a round of meals.
"We had close to 1,000 people here watching team scrimmages Saturday," said Bostwick. "That all adds up in terms of aiding local businesses."
A number of Northwest athletic camps are scheduled to take place in the next few weeks including camps hosted by Bearcat basketball, tennis, volleyball and soccer programs. Click here for a listing of upcoming camps.
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