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Bearkats Name Coaching Finalists
Courtesy: GoBearkats.com
Release: 01/19/2014
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Four highly-qualified candidates for the job of head football coach at Sam Houston State will visit the campus Monday and Tuesday, SHSU Director of Athletics Bobby Williams has announced.

K. C. Keeler, Mel Tjeersdma, Scott Wachenheim and Darrell Wyatt make up the quartet of finalists. Williams indicated a fifth finalist could also be could be interviewed.

“Each of these coaches meet the criteria we set out when we started our search,” Williams said. “Among the candidates are individuals with FBS and bowl experience, an FCS head coach with playoff and national title experience and an NCAA Division II head coach who has won national championships.

“The quality of interest our head coaching position has been impressive. We have talked to more than 50 individuals in some form or fashion, an amazing amount given the short time period.”

K. C. Keeler was head coach at Delaware from 2002 to 2012 where he directed the Fightin’ Blue Hens to the 2003 FCS national championship. Delaware was an FCS finalist in 2007 and 2010 (the first year the championship game was held in Frisco). His overall coaching record is 174-73-1.

Mel Tjeersdma led Northwest Missouri State to three NCAA Division I national championships (1998, 1999 and 2009). His 183-43 record as a head coach includes 11 victories in 13 games versus former SHSU head coach Willie Fritz and a 2-1 record against the North Dakota State Bison.

Scott Wachenheim is in his fourth season as offensive line coach for the Virginia Cavaliers. Offensive coordinator for the Rice Owls from 2001 to 2005, he also has coached at Air Force, Colorado, Utah State and Liberty. He served as tight ends coach for the NFL Washington Redskins in 2009.

Darrell Wyatt, wide receivers coach at Sam Houston in 1992 through 1994, has worked since 2011 at the University of Texas. In 2013, he served as co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach. Wyatt has coached at Kansas, Southern Mississippi, Arizona, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Baylor and Wyoming.

“Special thanks go to Sam Houston President Dana Gibson and the staff in helping streamline what in the past has been a three or four week process into eight days,” Williams said. “It’s been an outstanding team effort. We look to complete this process so our new head coach can hit the ground running with time remaining before signing day.”

National signing day is the first Wednesday in February.

“With as many as seven assistant coaches here on our staff, we have been able to stay on top of the recruiting process,” Williams said.

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