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Northwest Missouri State University

Coaching Staff

Coaching Staff

Austin MeyerAustin Meyer
Head Coach

Northwest Missouri State introduced Austin Meyer as the ninth head women's basketball coach in program history on March 19, 2018.

Associate Head Coach
Meyer served as a full time member of the men's basketball staff at Northwest from 2008-18. Starting in 2015, he served as the program's associate head coach.

With Meyer on the bench as a full-time coach with the men’s basketball program, Northwest has won 215 games (21.5 wins per season average), captured six MIAA regular season titles, four MIAA Tournament titles and one NCAA Division II National Championship. Thirty-three Bearcats earned MIAA honors in the past decade and three were named the conference’s Player of the Year. In addition, seven student-athletes were named to the All-Defensive Team, three earned MIAA Freshman of the Year accolades and two Bearcats earned NABC All-America honors.

Meyer served as the men’s program’s lead recruiter. His other duties included organizing and running the Center Court Cat Club, organizing and presenting opponent scouting reports, coordinating official visits, coordinating team travel, community engagements, summer camps, social media, skill development and more.

Student-Athlete and Graduate Assistant
Meyer was a four-year letter winner for the Bearcat men’s basketball team from 2002-06. He scored 1,294 career points and held the then-Northwest career record with 215 made three-pointers. He graduated from Northwest with his bachelor’s degree in corporate recreation in 2006 and earned his master’s in physical education in 2008. He served as a graduate assistant on Steve Tappmeyer’s staff for two seasons before being promoted to assistant coach prior to the 2008-09 season.

Meyer, a native of Blue Springs, Missouri, and his wife Kelsi (Franklin) reside in Maryville.


Michaela CrallMichaela Crall
Graduate Assistant

Michaela Crall completed her first season as graduate assistant coach. Crall comes to Northwest after playing basketball and serving as an undergraduate assistant coach at Wisconsin.

Crall, a former standout at Olathe Northwest High School in Olathe, Kan., played three seasons for Wisconsin before moving into the undergraduate assistant coach position. On staff, Crall helped with game film breakdown and scouting responsibilities. She assisted with recruiting efforts, travel, special events and administration. She graduated from Wisconsin in May with her bachelor's degree in Sociology: Concentration in Analysis and Research. Crall will begin graduate school at Northwest this fall.