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Northwest's Kellogg Bolts for Coaching Job at West Texas A&M

Northwest women's basketball coach Mark Kellogg leaves Maryville for the same position at West Texas A&M.

(MARYVILLE, Mo.) After just one season on the bench at Northwest Missouri State, women's basketball coach Mark Kellogg is leaving the program for the same position at West Texas A&M.

West Texas A&M made the official announcement Thursday morning.

"We are disappointed to lose Mark after only one year. However, when the opportunity comes to return home and be closer to family we certainly wish him, Trisha and their family the best," Northwest Athletic Director Mel Tjeerdsma said in a press release.

In his lone season with the Bearcats, Kellogg turned the team around from a 6-22 record in 2011-12, to 15-13, 8-10 in the MIAA, in 2012-13.

Kellogg, a Dallas native, does have ties to West Texas A&M. He received his master's degree in sports and exercise science from the school in 2000, and served as the assistant men's basketball coach for two seasons.

Northwest Missouri State begins a national search immediately for the next women's basketball coach.

"We will move quickly to secure a high quality replacement who will build on the momentum of this past season," Tjeerdsma said.

Kellogg was originally hired to take over the Bearcat basketball team for Gene Steinmeyer who retired from the position after 13 seasons.

He first came to Northwest Missouri State from Fort Lewis College where he posted a 173-46 record in seven seasons there.
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