The Austin College athletics department and Kangaroo football team will be celebrating former head coach Mel Tjeerdsma on September 22 as the ‘Roos host Hendrix College, with that date being designated Mel Tjeerdsma Day.


Earlier this year the National Football Foundation announced that Tjeerdsma is one of 13 new inductees into the College Football Hall of Fame, and Austin College and representatives from the NFF will be on the field to make a presentation. The ‘Roos are set to play against Hendrix at 1 p.m. with both of the head coaches — Austin College’s Loren Dawson and Hendrix’s Buck Buchanan — having played for Tjeerdsma.


Tjeerdsma is the winningest coach in AC history, as well as the 10th-winningest coach in Division II from his time at Northwest Missouri State University, where he won three national titles.


Tjeerdsma recently retired as the athletics director at Northwest Missouri, and will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in December.