There is no rest for the coach of the Division II National Champion. Just two days after the Northwest Missouri State Bearcats beat Grand Valley State 30-23, Head Coach Mel Tjeerdsma and his staff were discussing recruiting trips. Coach says they are four weeks behind, but hey when you can walk into a kid’s home and say “We’ve played for the National Championship five years in a row,” that makes up for lost time.
Coach sounded just really happy for his seniors on this team who have accomplished so much in four years, yet winning the title always slipped through their grasps. He was also happy to see all the fans and students who welcomed the team home after their win in Alabama.
Coach and I talk about the game and relive some of the key moments in that victory. Enjoy our visit.