Northwest Missouri State University has announced the hiring of Austin Meyer as its next head women’s basketball coach. Meyer has served the past 10 seasons on Northwest’s men’s basketball staff, including the last three seasons as its associate head coach.
“I am extremely excited about the opportunity to lead our women’s basketball program,” said Meyer. “Northwest is a special place with so many great people. Our program will have very high standards in everything we do. We will be very active in the community and will deliver a great college experience for our young women. I look forward to the challenge of building a winning culture, graduating our kids and preparing them for life after college.”
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.
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.
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