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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Sept. 7, 2011

Commemorative Coach T Bobblehead on Sale

MARYVILLE, Mo. - The Northwest Missouri State University Department of Athletics announces the sale of commemorative Mel Tjeerdsma bobbleheads which will be available for purchase at a Friday night dinner and reception in Tjeerdsma's honor and at Saturday's football home opener.

"We are excited about all the activities going on this weekend to honor Mel and Carol," athletic director Wren Baker said. "The Coach T bobblehead is sure to be a collector's item for all Bearcat fans."

Fans will have the opportunity to purchase the bobbleheads Saturday at Bearcat Zone in College Park prior to the game as well as during the game against Sioux Falls. Bobblehead sales inside the stadium will be on the lower concourse under the west stands. Cost is $15 and for expedited service cash or check is preferred.

Saturday's activities at the Bearcat Zone are 4 to 6 p.m. at College Park. In addition to bobblehead sales, the celebration will include free mini posters to be autographed by Tjeerdsma, tailgate food for purchase, and performances by the Bearcat Marching Band, Bearcat Steppers and cheerleaders. The Bearcats will kick off against Sioux Falls at 6 p.m. at Bearcat Stadium.

Fans may purchase game tickets online by visiting and finding ticket information in the drop-down menu under "game day" or by contacting the Student Services Center at 660.562.1212.

Tjeerdsma, who retired in December after coaching the Bearcats for 17 seasons, tallied 242 victories over his Division II coaching career and won more postseason games than any other coach in Division II history. Tjeerdsma was the Liberty Mutual Division II National Coach of the Year in 2009 and was among the first three coaches inducted into the NCAA Division II College Football Hall of Fame in 2010. He is a 12-time MIAA Coach of the Year honoree and was inducted into the MIAA Hall of Fame in June.

For more information, please contact:

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

Northwest Athletics
Lamkin Activity Center | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468