Tjeerdsma Awaits Sam Houston State's Coaching Decision

By Matt Tritten |

Published 01/22 2014 08:55PM

Updated 01/22 2014 11:42PM

(MARYVILLE, Mo.) More than 24 hours after interviewing at Sam Houston State has ended, still no formal announcement has been made about who the next head coach will be. But at this point, speculation is leaning toward Northwest Missouri State's athletic director Mel Tjeerdsma. -- a website on coaching information -- tweeted late Tuesday night that Tjeerdsma is in line to land the job, but the former Northwest head coach has yet to hear anything.

He was in attendance at the Bearcat men's and women's basketball games Wednesday evening.

Sam Houston State athletic director Bobby Williams released a statement on the coaching search to KBTX:

"The process for hiring a new head football coach is still on-going. We had four talented candidates in for interviews earlier this week. Feedback from all the members who have been involved in the process has been extremely positive. We are very lucky to have a strong group of candidates to continue the high levels of success this program has enjoyed during the last four seasons. We hope to have an announcement soon so the new coach can hit the ground running. With National Signing Day right around the corner we understand the importance of having someone in place."

The Bearkats head coaching vacancy was opened when Willie Fritz took over the football program at Georgia Southern.

Fritz was head coach at Central Missouri for 13 years prior to going to Sam Houston, so this wouldn't be their first time dipping into the MIAA pool.

As for Tjeerdsma, he told KQTV prior to Northwest's national championship win over Lenoir-Rhyne that he still has the itch to coach.

"I don't think I'll ever go to a football game where at some point I won't think 'man I wish I was coaching again' or that type of thing," Tjeerdsma said.

He last coached Northwest in the 2010 national semifinal game at Minnesota Duluth.

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