It Was Great To See…

Graduate Assistant Andy Peterson and I headed out to Arrowhead Stadium Saturday afternoon thinking about all the great people we’ve met at Northwest over the years. It was great to see everyone!

It was great to see…New President John Jasinski and his family. I got to watch the first half next to Matt, Dr. Jasinski’s oldest son and current Graduate Student. Athletic Director Dr. Bob, the founder of the Fall Classic at Arrowhead. Orrie Covert and Neil Elliott, Alumni Relations and University Advancement. Allison Strong, Kori Hoffman and Rick Carter, the Bearcat Basketball Super Fans.

It was great to see…Joe Quinlin and Ben Schumacher, Northwest Strength and Conditioning Coaches. Adam Long, former Bearcat Football player and Strength Coach. John Gustafson, Professor in the HPERD Department and former Strength/Football Coach at Northwest. Dr. Pat Harr and Kelly Quinlin, team doctor and athletic trainer, respectively.

It was great to see…all the athletic coaches we saw: Coach Loe and family, Coach McCollum, Coach Anderson, Coach Johnson and family, Coach Steinmeyer and Sammy (on the big screen), Coach Hopkins, and many more. Britni Mapel and Jessica Malone, the great Athletic Department student assistants.

It was great to see…Jim and Amy Goecken, great Bearcat supporters and Student Body Owners. Jim Joy, Northwest Alum & booster living in Rogers, Ark., who puts in more highway miles than a Greyhound to get to Bearcat Games. Mike Zech, great supporter and friend of our program. John Van Cleave, the backbone of Mozingo Lake Golf Course and supporter of Bearcat Athletics. Carson Riedel, Carsons Sports Bar.

It was great to see…Dr. Billesbach, Northwest professor in the Business Department. Bob Sundell, Former Bearcat Basketball star and current attorney in Maryville. Mitch Herring, former Northwest football player and Maryville native.

It was great to see…John Edmonds, Daren Roberts, Troy Tysdale, Matt Nelson and the many former Bearcat football players and former athletes. Matt Brownsberger, former Northwest Graduate Assistant basketball coach and current Athletic Director and Head Basketball Coach at Chillicothe High school.

It was great to see…April Rolf, former Northwest Volleyball player and current Head Volleyball Coach at Liberty High School. Austin Rolf, brother of April and former Sig Ep at Northwest. Jenna Wolf, April (Miller) Healy, Kelli Nelson and Katie Scherer, former Northwest Women’s Basketball players. Gena Lindsay, former Northwest tennis star under Hall of Fame coach Mark Rosewell.
It was great to see…Darren Whitley, Northwest Photographer. Ryan Menley, KQ2 Sports in St. Joseph. Matt Gaarder and John Coffey, Bearcat Radio Network. Bryan Boettcher, NW Sports information Director. Mitch Osborn, head basketball coach at Harlan High School and father of former NW basketball player and QB Joel Osborn. Bob Henry, father of Northwest great Hunter Henry and tailgate expert.

It was great to see…Diane Meyer, my mother. Scott and Chad Fleming, Northwest graduate’s and friends. Brandon Rold, former Bearcat Basketball player with two Elite Eight appearances. Brian Howard, Maryville Parks and Rec. Coby Lamb, Bearcat Booster and great supporter. Pat Donovan, Bearcat Booster and fan. Ken & Joyce Davison, Bearcat Fans, Boosters, and stellar cooks. Doug Thomson, Maryville Attorney and supporter of Bearcat athletics.

It was great to see…Adam and Ted Espey, friends and supporters. Morris White, Athletic Marketing. Michelle and Joel Mathews, former Bearcat athletes. Chad Speer, former NW Grad Assistant and Current Head Football Coach at Leavenworth High School. Devon Lacy, Northwest Graduate Assistant trainer. Kelvin Parker, former Bearcat Basketball great. Matt Pohren, track assistant coach and friend. Del Morley, former Northwest Basketball Coach, Northwest employee, and friend.

It was great to see…Liz Holmes, Northwest Graduate and current Chiefs cheerleader. Jana Mohs, Dani Snodgrass, Heather Reynolds, Brian Stein, Barry Ford, Grant Tysdale, Mandy Raney, Rachel Nisi, Jeff Atkins, Dan Watkins, Dana Watkins, Ashlee Christians, Alex Muckey and Mike Cothran, Northwest Students, Graduates, and friends.

It was great to see…Jessica Braun, Shannon Fitzgerald, Hannah Barnett, and Coach Hoza hours after a 3-1 scratch of the Griffons at the pitch in Maryville. Tom and John Seipel, best Bearcat Basketball Camp referees.

It was great to see…Michelle McCollum, the glue of the McCollum family and her two sons Peyton and Tate sporting the Bearcat Jersey’s. Terry Oglesby, father of Tyler and NCAA Men’s Basketball official.

Just to name a few…

It was great to see…Northwest 30, Pittsburg State 10.

This week’s shout out goes to all of our great fans, supporters, students, employee’s, friends and alumni!! So basically, Bearcat Nation!

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See ya!

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Austin Meyer

About Austin Meyer

Austin Meyer has been Northwest Missouri State's assistant men's basketball coach since the 2008-09 campaign. After earning his bachelor's degree in 2006, Meyer was hired as a graduate assistant under then-head coach Steve Tappmeyer, who would name Meyer his full-time assistant two years later.