Jan. 20, 2011
Bostwick introduced as head football coach
MARYVILLE, Mo.-Scott Bostwick was introduced as Northwest Missouri State University head football coach at a press conference Thursday in the J.W. Jones Student Union on the University's campus. Bostwick succeeds Mel Tjeerdsma, who retired following 17 seasons. Bostwick served as Tjeerdsma's defensive coordinator since the duo's arrival in Maryville in 1994.
The celebration was attended by family and friends, colleagues and alumni, among others. Wren Baker, who will begin his tenure as director of athletics at Northwest in February, provided the introduction.
"Today is a day of celebration," said Baker. We honor the past while eagerly looking ahead to the future. We are here to celebrate the 18th head coach of Bearcat football - Scott Bostwick.
"I called every coach on our staff and every one of them said ‘I want to be a head coach, I love Northwest, but this is Scott Bostwick's job.' It was unanimous."
Baker offered Bostwick a green Northwest ball cap to replace the red one Bostwick is known to wear on the sidelines on game days so his defense can recognize him.
"Hopefully we've seen the last of the red hat," said Baker.
Bostwick spoke to the crowd for nearly 10 minutes. He thanked Tjeerdsma, Northwest president Dr. John Jasinski, Baker and his coaching staff, among others. He also thanked his wife, Sue, and his two children, Leah and Eric.
"Sue," said Bostwick. "Twenty-two years. Anyone that's put up with me that long you have to give them an MVP badge. That says a lot about my recruiting abilities, because I've certainly recruited way over my capabilities."
Bostwick's newly appointed coaching staff was seated in the first row.
"All of these guys are old Bearcats. If there's one thing I've learned from Mel, that's the way to do it because you guys understand what Bearcat football is all about. We're diving into recruiting, but thanks for believing in me."
Bostwick reflected on his own 17 years on the job. He specifically mentioned how proud he was that he's been able to coach a brother, coach with a brother and is currently coaching two nephews who are on the team. He also stated that the culture of Bearcat football that has developed over the last 17 years will not change.
"We will continue to do things the way we've done them. We're going to be physical and explosive on offense like we've always been, we will stop the run on defense and we're going to find special people to make special plays on special teams. That's what Bearcat football is all about."
Bostwick and his assembled team of coaches have been on the recruiting trail since the team ended its 2010 season in the NCAA national semifinals at Minnesota-Duluth. The Bearcats had played in the national championship game the previous five seasons. National signing day is Feb. 2.
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