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March 19, 2018MARYVILLE, Mo.
Interviews with new Northwest Missouri State head women's basketball coach Austin Meyer and point guard Jaelyn Haggard are available above.
Austin Meyer was named Northwest Missouri State head women's basketball coach Monday.
Meyer makes the jump from the Bearcat men's basketball program where he served on the coaching staff for the last 10 years, including the last three years as the associate head coach.
"I am extremely excited about the opportunity to lead our women's basketball program," said Meyer in a press release from the university. "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."
Meyer inherits a team that went 5-22 during the 2017-18 season, and hasn't posted a winning record since the 2012-13 season under Mark Kellog. He replaces Buck Scheel who resigned on March 5 after his second full year as the head coach.
His new team does feature eight returning players, including the reigning MIAA Freshman of the Year Jaelyn Haggard. The point guard said she's looking forward to from learning from a coach that found success at Northwest both as a player and during his professional career.
"He knows what he's doing, he's been very successful through his journey here at Northwest, so it'll be nice to have somebody who has been here and has been in our shoes and is going to lead us in the right direction," Haggard said Tuesday morning.
During his time as a full-time assistant coach for the Bearcat men's basketball team, Northwest won 215 games, reached the Sweet 16 four times, won six MIAA regular season championships, and brought home the 2017 NCAA National Championship.
Meyer was also a standout player for Northwest Missouri State from 2002-06. He scored 1,294 points, and is second in program history with 215 three-point makes during his career. He also helped the Bearcats reach the Elite Eight in 2004.