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October 8, 2021

Looking for a turnaround

By News-Press NOW

There was no reason to believe that Mel Tjeerdsma would experience success when he arrived as football coach at Northwest Missouri State University. He went 0-11 in 1994, his first season in Maryville.

Four years later, Tjeerdsma was hoisting the National Championship trophy after an 11-0 season. Now a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, the coach succeeded in changing the expectations in a program that had not previously experienced a winning culture.

So it’s appropriate that Tjeerdsma was a featured speaker at a recent leadership seminar in St. Joseph, a city that has a ways to go before it achieves an 11-0 feeling. After a census update revealed population loss in the last decade, it would seem that St. Joseph needs a Tjeerdsma-like figure to spark a turnaround.

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Northwest Missouri State University coach Mel Tjeerdsma talks to his players after a game in 2010.
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October 2, 2021

3D Institute’s role further evolves in community, schools

By Marcus Clem News-Press NOW

The Joseph Company Breakfast took place for the second time at the Word of Life Church. It featured Elizabeth Kennedy, Missouri Western State University president, and Mel Tjeerdsma, renowned former coach of the Bearcat football program at Northwest Missouri State University.

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College Football Hall of Fame Coach, Mel Tjeerdsma, shares about how they changed the culture of Bearcat Football from a culture of mediocrity and complacency into one of excellence and sustained success.

September 27, 2021

Changing the culture, making the community better

By Chris Roush, KQ2


August 10, 2021

Coaching program looks to spread beyond the fields

By Quinn Ritzdorf News-Press NOW

The 3D Institute is a framework on how to coach the entire person — body, mind and heart. But Wes Simmons, St. Joseph resident and CEO of the program, wants to take this structure beyond athletics.

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3D Institute CEO and President Wes Simmons talks to a St. Joseph audience about the importance of holistic coaching Tuesday morning at Word of Life Church.

August 10, 2021

SJSD Coaches begin district-wide 3D coaching

By Chris Roush, KQ2


August 10, 2021

Local Coaches Trained Through 3D Institute

By Quinn Ritzdorf News-Press NOW

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July 6, 2021

Positive psychology to be focus of SJSD training

By Marcus Clem News-Press NOW

The St. Joseph School District will have staff participate in a program that aims to improve student well-being through personal affirmation.

The 3D Institute, based in Orlando, will begin training staff ahead of the fall semester as part of a three-year agreement.

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Gabe Edgar, assistant superintendent, speaks in March about the 3D Institute, an entity that will provide staff training services beginning in August.