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Northwest Bearcats

Gene Steinmeyer

Gene Steinmeyer

Head Coach

OfficeLamkin Activity Center 203
Phone(660) 562-1299

Since 2000, Gene Steinmeyer has shown a knack for winning when it counts. During March Madness.


Steinmeyer has collected the second most MIAA tournament championships among all current league coaches since taking over at Northwest Missouri State and has accumulated over 500 career victories. He and his Bearcats are coming off the most decorated season in Northwest women’s basketball history, which concluded with a trip to the NCAA Division II Women’s Final Four.


The 2010-11 season one of the most memorable seasons in Northwest history. The Bearcats finished with a program record 29 wins and five losses and swept both the MIAA regular season and tournament crowns. Northwest took the South Central Regional title with a 82-70 win over Central Oklahoma as the No. 2 seed in the region.


Behind the play of Northwest’s first All-America, Gabby Curtis, the Bearcats knocked off California-Poly Pomona to advance to the Final Four. Michigan Tech ended the Bearcats magical season with a 89-78 defeat as Kyla Roehrig also earned Honorable Mention All-America accolades.


Steinmeyer earned his second MIAA Coach of the Year honor, with his first coming in 2003. Curtis and Roehrig were also named First-Team All-Region performers as Curtis was MIAA MVP and Roehrig earned MIAA Defensive Player of the Year accolades.


Under Steinmeyer, the Bearcats took their first MIAA Tournament Title in 2004, entering the tournament as the No. 3 seed. Northwest finished 24-7, falling to Washburn in the First Round of the NCAA Division II South Central Regional.


Northwest returned to the NCAA Division II tournament in 2008 when Steinmeyer and the Bearcats finished fifth during the MIAA regular season. After an overtime victory in the first round and a nail-biting three-point win in the semifinals over league champion Washburn, Northwest rolled past Southwest Baptist to claim its second MIAA tournament championship.


Twenty Bearcats have earned all-MIAA honors under Steinmeyer and 33 All-MIAA Academic Team members. A pair of Bearcats has also been honored as CoSIDA Academic All-District athletes with April Miller in 2008 and Laura Friederich during the 2006 campaign.


In 12 seasons, Steinmeyer is nearing win No. 200 with a 183-165 record and ranks second in Northwest history in wins and games coached.


Before arriving at Northwest, Steinmeyer completed 15 successful seasons at Doane College in Nebraska, compiling a 360-141 record. During his time there he took the Tigers to seven NAIA National Tournaments and holds a 13-7 postseason record.


In each of his last five seasons, Steinmeyer took Doane to the national tournament, winning at least 25 games in each season with two 30-plus win seasons in 1995 and ’96.


Prior to his time at Doane, Steinmeyer claimed a Nebraska Class C State Title at Wilber-Clatonia High School. He also earned two conference championships and a pair of district titles at the high school level.


Steinmeyer received his bachelor’s degree in 1973 from Nebraska-Kearney and earned a master’s degree from Nebraska-Lincoln in 1988.


Steinmeyer is married to Michele, who serves as Northwest's athletic department office manager. The couple resides in Maryville and has a son, Sam.

Doane College (Neb.)
Year W-L Conference Finish Conference Tournament Finish NAIA Finish
1984-85 15-13
1985-86 11-15
1986-87 10-21
1987-88 24-9
1988-89 27-7 NAIA Tournament (1-1)
1998-90 30-4
1990-91 29-4
1991-92 26-9 NAIA Tournament (1-1)
1992-93 23-10
1993-94 22-9
1994-95 30-6 NAIA Tournament (1-1)
1995-96 31-7 NAIA Tournament (3-1)
1996-97 28-9 NAIA Tournament (3-1)
1997-98 29-9 NAIA Tournament (3-1)
1998-99 25-9 NAIA Tournament (1-1)
TOTAL 360-141 (.719)
Northwest Missouri State University
Year W-L Conference Finish Conference Tournament Finish NCAA Finish
1999-00 4-22 10th (0-18)
2000-01 12-15 7th (7-11) Quarterfinalist (0-1)
2001-02 11-15 9th (6-12)
2002-03 16-12 4th (10-8) Semifinalist (1-1)
2003-04 24-7 3rd (14-4) Champions (3-0) NCAA Tournament (0-1)
2004-05 13-17 7th (6-12) Quarterfinalist (0-1)
2005-06 15-13 6th (7-9) Quarterfinalist (0-1)
2006-07 18-12 5th (10-8) Semifinalist (1-1)
2007-08 18-14 5th (9-9) Champions (3-0) NCAA Tournament (1-1)
2008-09 9-18 9th (5-15)
2009-10 14-15 5th (9-11) Semifinalist (1-1)
2010-11 29-5 1st (18-4) Champions (3-0) NCAA Tournament (4-1)
TOTAL 183-165 (.526)
CAREER TOTALS 543-306 (.640)