April 12, 2012
Kellogg begins tenure at Northwest
MARYVILLE, Mo. – Mark Kellogg was officially welcomed to Northwest Missouri State Thursday morning with a press conference where he was introduced as the sixth head coach in the school’s women’s basketball history.
Kellogg joins the Bearcat family after seven seasons as the head coach at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo. During his tenure with the Skyhawks, Kellogg turned Fort Lewis into a national power winning a remarkable 79 percent of the games he coached and going 173-46 overall.
The three-time Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Coach of the Year and two-time Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Region Coach of the Year is excited about joining the Bearcat women’s basketball program, which is just one year removed from a trip to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight.
“I am honored to be the next women’s basketball coach at Northwest Missouri,” Kellogg told a crowd at his introductory press conference. “First and foremost I need to thank (Northwest President) Dr. Jasinski and (Director of Athletics) Wren Baker who have been absolutely fantastic through this process. We just knew this was the place to be at this time in our lives.”
He continued by talking about the close-knit family atmosphere that surrounds Northwest and the Maryville community.
“What we do here will always be family first and we will always preach that to our players and don’t want to lose sight of that,” he said. “It will be the four pillars of our program. The first one is family the second is academics and the third is athletics and fourth is community. We want to give back to the Maryville community. “
Kellogg is no stranger to postseason play and his pedigree shows that, having appeared in the last five NCAA Division II tournaments. His squad in the 2010 national championship game to Emporia State.
“We have a blueprint that succeeds at this level with the way we play and the style we play along with the type of kids we recruit,” Kellogg said. “We want to grab system kids, kids that will be in our program three or four years and want to be at Northwest and call this place home.”
“We want to win sooner rather than later, no guarantees, but we’ll push these kids,” he said. “The base work has been done and Coach (Gene) Steinmeyer has done a great job and now I get to come in with a little new style and theories. We asked the team to be open-minded and we’ll learn a lot.”
“Hopefully with that we can make some noise in this league immediately, win some conference tournaments and get in the regional tournament. If we can make it back to the Elite Eight, that was the greatest ride of my life and we want to get back.”
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