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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

April 29, 2008

Meyer Named Assistant Men's Basketball Coach

Austin Meyer

MARYVILLE, MO.-Former Northwest Missouri State men's basketball player Austin Meyer '06 has been named Assistant Coach to Steve Tappmeyer and the Northwest men's basketball program. Meyer is completing his graduate work in physical education through the month of May. His official duties will start June 1.

"I'm excited Coach Tappmeyer has given me the opportunity to start my career here at Northwest as such a young age," said Meyer. "I'm familiar with the program and with school behind me, can devote all my efforts towards our team. I've met a lot of great people at this University and look forward to working with them on a professional level."

A native of Blue Springs, Mo., Meyer played four seasons with the Bearcats from 2002-06. He was the leading scorer and rebounder of the 2004-05 squad when he averaged 13.3 points and 5.4 rebounds. Meyer is the sixth-leading scorer in program history with 1,294 points. His 215 three-pointers remain the career record.

Meyer won an MIAA conference tournament championship and made an appearance in the Elite Eight during the 2003-04 campaign.

More Staffing News: Graduate assistant Nathan Gamet has been hired as a part-time assistant coach with the team.

The Princeton, Mo., native was a student assistant at Northwest for two seasons starting in 2003, and while working towards his master's degree, has assisted in providing scouting reports and evaluating game tapes. Gamet has also been the video coordinator and has been involved in game-management duties.

Chad Van Riessen will continue in his role as graduate assistant. Van Riessen graduated from Central College in 2004 and is a native of DeMotte, Ind.

Andy Peterson, who completed his four-year career as a guard for the Bearcats, will serve as a volunteer coach while he continues his pursuit of a master's degree. Peterson averaged 10.3 points and 4.3 rebounds on a club that finished 24-8, won the MIAA tournament and advanced to the semifinals of an NCAA regional in Texas.

For more information, please contact:

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

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