Northwest Missouri State head football coach Scott Bostwick, 49, died Sunday morning from an apparent heart attack, the university announced.

Bostwick played and coached at Nebraska Wesleyan and was inducted into the NWU Hall of Fame in 2006.

Bostwick was getting ready to enter his first season as the Bearcats' head coach as the replacement for Division II legend Mel Tjeerdsma, who retired at the end of the 2010 season.

Bostwick, an Omaha North graduate, was named the AFCA assistant coach of the year in 2007. He helped lead the Bearcats to three national titles and 12 MIAA championships.

At Nebraska Wesleyan, Bostwick led the team in total tackles for three consecutive seasons (1982-84).

He later served as NWU's defensive coordinator from 1986-90, including a few seasons under Jim Svoboda, whom he later followed to Northwest Missouri State. Both were assistants under Tjeersdma.

Bostwick is survived by his wife, Sue, and their two children, Eric and Leah.