Aug. 22, 2018MARYVILLE, Mo.
Northwest unveils 2018 M-Club Hall of Fame Class
Northwest Missouri State University announced that four individuals and two teams will be enshrined in the M-Club Hall of Fame this Fall.
Legendary head football coach and athletic director Mel Tjeerdsma headlines the class that also includes Andy Erpelding (1996-2000, football), Gabby Curtis (2009-2011, women's basketball) and Scott Kurtz (1966-1969, baseball).
The 2010-11 Northwest women's basketball team will also enter the hall, along with the 2009-2010 Bearcat men's tennis team.
The induction ceremony and banquet will be held October 12 in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom, and inductees will also be honored at the Homecoming football game October 13. Tickets to the banquet are $25 and can be purchased by contacting Kiersten Orton (email@example.com).
Gabby Curtis (2009-2011; Women’s Basketball)
- 2011 MIAA Player of the Year
- 1st WBCA First-Team All-America honoree in program history
- Averaged 18.0 points per game for 2010-11 squad that reached the Final Four
Andy Erpelding (1996-2000; Football)
- First-Team All-America choice in 2000 by Daktronics, CoSIDA/CCA)
- Second-Team All-America selection in 2000 by D2Football.com
- First-Team All-MIAA honoree in 1999 and 2000
Scott Kurtz (1966-1969; Baseball)
- Held Northwest single-season strikeout record for 48 years with 97 in 1969
- Also held career strikeout record for 48 years with 223 (despite the squad playing only 93 games from 1966-1969)
- In 1969, Kurtz struck out 97 in only 58 innings pitched (1.67 strikeouts per inning)
Mel Tjeerdsma (1994-2010; Head Football Coach, 2013-2018 (Director of Athletics)
- Seven-time national champion (three as a football coach – 1998, 1999, 2010 and four as an athletic director – football – 2013, 2015, 2016; men’s basketball – 2016)
- 12-time MIAA Coach of the Year and four-time National Coach of the Year
- Owns NCAA Div. II record for postseason coaching wins (32)
Women’s Basketball 2010-11
- 29-5 overall record (MIAA regular season/tournament champions)
- First and only Final Four in women’s basketball in school history
- MIAA Coach and Player of the Year (Gene Steinmeyer, Gabby Curtis)
Men’s Tennis 2009-10
- 22-5 overall (most wins in program history)
- MIAA champions (regular season and tournament – started a string of eight straight MIAA regular season and tournament titles)
- Seven first-team All-MIAA picks including MIAA Player of the Year (Malcolm Harrison)