Northwest Missouri State coach Mel Tjeerdsma retires

MARYVILLE, Mo. | Northwest Missouri State football coach Mel Tjeerdsma announced his retirement at a news conference Wednesday morning on campus.

“I’m retiring strictly for our family,” said Tjeerdsma, 64.

Tjeerdsma steps down after 17 years with the Bearcats. His teams won three NCAA Division II championships and 12 MIAA titles.

He’s the winningest coach in Northwest history with a record of 183-43, and Tjeerdsma’s teams made their mark in the postseason.

Besides the three NCAA titles, Northwest under Tjeerdsman played in four other championship games. His 32 playoff victories and 42 postseason games are Division II records. Earlier this month, Tjeerdsma was inducted into the Division II Football Hall of Fame.

His successor will inherit a 46-game winning streak in MIAA regular-season games.