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Northwest Bearcats

Coaching Staff

Adam DorrelAdam Dorrel

Head Coach
Office: (660) 562-1310

Adam Dorrel has been a Bearcat all his life.

When his opportunity came to lead his alma mater in 2011, Dorrel and the Bearcats did not miss a beat.

Dorrel was named head coach at Northwest Missouri State University after the passing of long-time assistant coach Scott Bostwick on June 5, 2011. Bostwick never had the chance to lead the Bearcats onto the field after he was named head coach, following Mel Tjeerdsma’s retirement following 17 seasons at Northwest, a program that the two helped build.

Being one of the first players to start on the offensive line under Tjeerdsma in 1994, Dorrel continued the Bearcat excellence in his first season as head coach, returning the Bearcats to the playoffs for an eighth straight season, the longest current streak in NCAA Division II football. The Bearcats advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals, falling to the eventual national champion for the second season in a row.

In addition to a celebrated playoff run, the Bearcats led the nation in scoring, averaging more than 50 points per game during the regular season and scoring the second most points in college football regardless of division. The 2011 season also ushered in the program’s 500th win (508-390-22) on Sept. 17 with a 73-7 thrashing of Lincoln.

Prior to being named head coach, Dorrel was no stranger to Bearcat football or its expectations. He was the offensive coordinator at Northwest from 2007 to 2010, helping the Bearcats to an unprecedented five consecutive NCAA Division II Championship appearances and their third national title in 2009. In Dorrel’s eight seasons with the Bearcats since returning in 2004, they have a 98-17 record and added five MIAA Championships.

Dorrel’s offensive unit averaged 42 points and 474 yards per game, ranking in the top 10 nationally in four major offensive categories before leading the nation in scoring at more than 50 points per game in 2011. The Bearcats were second in scoring, sixth in total offense, third in pass efficiency and eighth in passing.

Impressive team and individual accolades have become the norm rather than the exception under Dorrel. The Bearcats have averaged more than 40 points per game three times and more than 400 yards of offense per game five times in Dorrel’s seven seasons as the offensive coordinator. In addition, 14 offensive stars have been named All-Americans under Dorrel and three of the last five MIAA offensive MVPs have been Bearcats. Jeremy Davis (’08), Brett Grozinger (’09 and ’10) and Cody Johnson (’11) have been named finalists for the Gene Upshaw Division II Lineman of the Year Award under Dorrel. Currently, there are two Northwest players in the NFL who played for Dorrel. Xavier Omon (’07) is a running back for the Denver Broncos, and Josh Baker (’10) is a tight end for the New York Jets. Omon was originally drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL Draft and has played for the Seattle Seahawks as well. Baker was an undrafted free agent, signed by the Jets in 2011 and has been with the team since.

After earning his bachelor’s degree from Northwest in 1998, Dorrel spent a year as a graduate assistant at Northeastern State in Oklahoma. He returned to Northwest as a graduate assistant in 1999 when the team won the second of its back-to-back national titles and completed his master’s degree at Northwest in 2000.

Dorrel served coaching stints at Dakota State University in South Dakota and William Jewell College in Missouri before being appointed offensive line coach at Northwest in 2004. He was promoted to offensive coordinator prior to the 2007 season and then to assistant head coach after Scott Bostwick was named head coach in December 2010.

During the summer of 2008, Dorrel was one of six American football coaches to lead clinics overseas to further strengthen the sport beyond the United States. During the summer of 2007, he served as offensive line coach for Team USA as it competed and won the IFAF World Championships in Japan.

Dorrel himself is a former Northwest All-American, having played under legendary head coach Mel Tjeerdsma. Dorrel was a three-year captain for the Bearcats during his collegiate career as an offensive lineman from 1994 to 1997 and earned All-MIAA honors in 1995, 1996 and 1997. A Maryville native, he also was a two-time All-District and All-Conference lineman at Maryville High School.

Additionally, Dorrel’s family has long ties to Bearcat football, beginning with his great-grandfather, Ross Alexander Scott, who was a fullback on the first Bearcat football team in 1908. Dorrel’s grandfather and a great uncle also played in the program during the 1940s.

Dorrel and his wife, Erin, live in Maryville with their twin daughters, Allie and Sam.

Charlie FlohrCharlie Flohr

Offensive Coordinator
Office: (660) 562-1705

Charlie Flohr enters his sixth season at Northwest and second as Offensive Coordinator.

In four seasons under Flohr, Northwest is 36-0 in MIAA play, adding four conference titles along with a 53-6 overall record.  The Bearcats also claimed the program’s third national title and earned three national runner-up finishes.

Flohr was the leader of the nation’s top quarterback and wide receiver combination during the Bearcats’ 2009 championship season.  Jake Soy and Blake Bolles each earned All-America honors while Soy was named national receiver of the year after hauling in 27 touchdowns and leading Division II with 1,559 yards receiving. Only one player in the history of Division II has caught more touchdowns in one season. Bolles set conference records with 42 touchdown passes and passing for 4,145, numbers that ranked second and fourth in the nation, respectively.

Northwest ranked second nationally in scoring (42 ppg), third in pass efficiency (172.21), sixth in total offense (474.27 ypg) and eighth in passing (298.93 ypg) in 2009, the highest marks in Flohr’s four seasons. Northwest has ranked 10th, 32nd, 17th and now third nationally in pass efficiency under Flohr.

The Bearcats have featured the first-team All-MIAA signal caller in back-to-back seasons with Joel Osborn earning MIAA accolades prior to Bolles.  Osborn completed a program record 67 percent of his passes during his collegiate career.

Two Northwest receivers have earned All-America honors under Flohr in addition to Soy - Kendall Wright and tight end Mike Petersen. Wright finished a brilliant four-year career with 243 catches for 3,253 yards and 21 touchdowns while Peterson (first team) and Josh Gannan (second team) accounted for both All-MIAA tight ends in 2007.

Flohr served as a graduate assistant with the Bearcats in 2002 and 2003 and was placed in charge of tight ends. After obtaining his master’s degree in health and physical education at Northwest, Flohr was hired at conference-rival Truman, where he served as the Bulldogs’ wide receivers and recruiting coach. Under the tutelage of Flohr, Truman receiver Jeff Amundson caught 76 passes in 2004, then the fourth-highest single-season total in program history.

Flohr is a 2002 graduate of Dakota State University in Madison, S.D., where he earned a degree in health and physical education. Flohr was a four-year letterwinner in football at his alma mater and was a two-time honorable mention all-conference selection at wide receiver. He graduated as the program’s all-time leader in punt returns.

Rich WrightRich Wright

Defensive Coordinator
Office: (660) 562-1696

Richard Wright enters his second season as defensive coordinator after serving as Northwest’s defensive line coach and coordinator of special teams since 2004. The Bearcats have featured at least one All-America defensive lineman during his tenure coaching the defensive line.

In 2009, Tyler Roach became the program’s 10th All-America defensive lineman to play under Wright.  Kendall Wright enjoyed one of the most decorated seasons in 2008 as a return specialist also earning All-America accolades.  During Wright’s tenure 10 Bearcats have combined to earn 14 All-MIAA honors as either a lineman or return man.

Two former players, Dave Tollefson (New York Giants) and Steve Williams (New England Patriots), are listed on NFL rosters while Tollefson earned a Super Bowl ring with the Giants following the 2007 season.

Northwest tied for the most sacks in the nation in 2009 when 19 Bearcats combined for 48 sacks. The Bearcats have finished in the top 10 nationally in quarterback sacks in three of the last four seasons.

Wright’s influence on the special teams at Northwest has also become noticeable during his tenure. The Bearcats have blocked 43 kicks in Wright’s six seasons - an average of more than seven per year. Northwest blocked eight kicks in 2009, including three in the postseason.   Each blocked kick played a major role in the outcome en route to Northwest’s third NCAA Division II National Championship.  A blocked extra point with six seconds left in the game sealed a 21-20 win over top-ranked Central Washington in the national quarterfinals.  The national semifinals saw Ryan Jones return a blocked punt for a touchdown as the Bearcats raced past California (Pa.) to the title game.  Finally, in the national championship game it was more Ryan Jones magic returning a blocked extra point to seal a 30-23 win over Grand Valley State.

In lieu of great special teams play, Northwest ranked third in NCAA Division II in net punting and 11th in yards allowed per punt during the 2007 campaign. In 2009, a pair of freshmen, Tyler Shaw and Jordan Simmons, helped the Bearcats lead the nation in kick return yards for much of the season. The unit finished 17th overall including two touchdowns, one each by Shaw and Simmons, and an average of more than 23 yards per return.

Wright got his first taste of Bearcat football when he served as a graduate assistant at Northwest in 1995 and 1996 where he was the tight ends coach. Before coming back to Northwest in 2004, Wright served as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at St. Ambrose (Iowa) University from 2000-04. During that time, the Fighting Bees won four straight conference titles and set the league record for consecutive wins. In his first season at St. Ambrose, Wright’s defense also led the country with 32 interceptions.

Prior to St. Ambrose, Wright made stops at William Penn (Iowa) College and Central Methodist College (now University) and Dakota State University.

Wright began coaching during the 1991 season at Cortland State before spending time at Dana College from 1993-94.  Covering several facets of coaching, Wright has been an offensive coordinator, linebackers coach, wide receivers coach and special teams coordinator.

Wright is a 1995 graduate of Dana (Neb.) College with a degree in physical education. He earned his master’s degree in physical education from Northwest in 1996.

Rich WrightJoel

Wide Receivers/Recruiting Coordinator
Office: (660) 562-1088

Joel Osborn enters his second season as the wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at his alma mater. Osborn has been at Northwest since 2004 as a player and graduate assistant, coaching the wide receivers. 

During his tenure, Northwest has won five MIAA Championships and one national championship. Since arriving at Northwest the offensive side of the ball has seen unparalleled heights including setting a school record for points in a season in 2009 and breaking that record again in 2011. In three seasons on the sidelines six players combined to earn eight All-MIAA accolades and two All-America honors.

After throwing passes to Jake Soy, he helped groom Soy into the 2009 National Wide Receiver of the Year after the sophomore led the nation with 27 touchdown catches and 1,559 yards receiving. Both of those marks set conference and school records as he would go on to earn First-Team All-MIAA honors and become the recipient of the Ken B. Jones MIAA Student-Athlete of the Year Award during the 2010-11 school year.

As a player, Osborn was the 2008 MIAA MVP after throwing for 3,249 yards and 24 touchdowns and helped lead the Bearcats to four-straight national championship games and four MIAA Championships. He passed for 5,501 yards and 54 touchdowns during his four-year career and remains the most accurate passer in program history, completing 67 percent of his passes. He is also the only quarterback in Northwest history to start in two national championship games (2007 and 2008).

A native of Harlan, Iowa, Osborn earned his bachelor’s degree at Northwest in 2008 and received his master’s in 2011. Osborn and his wife, Audrey who ran track and field at Northwest , reside in Maryville.

Chad BostwickChad

Office: (660) 562-6293

Chad Bostwick enters his second season at Northwest as the linebackers coach. Bostwick was a linebacker at Northwest from 2000-2004 earning All-MIAA honorable mention accolades as a senior. He also helped the Bearcats win three MIAA titles and make the NCAA Division II playoffs three times. Individually, he won the Don Black Award in 2003 as the MVP of the Homecoming football game and also won the Spirit of the Bearcat Award as a senior.

The 2011 season saw the end of one of the most prolific linebackers in Northwest history since Bostwick in Chad Kilgore was signed by the Oakland Raiders after attending the Green Bay Packers min-camp. Kilgore earned All-America accolades by every publication that covers Division II football after recording more than 100 tackles for the second straight year. DJ Gnader also finished with over 100 tackles and helped carry the Bearcats in two come-from-behind road playoff wins with 33 tackles and four tackles for a loss during the playoff run.

During the 2005 and 2006 seasons, Bostwick was a graduate assistant coach at Northwest, in charge of the linebackers. The team finished as the national runner-up both seasons and captured the 2006 MIAA Championship. Bostwick is the brother of Scott Bostwick, who was named Northwest’s 18th head football coach in December and died June 5, 2011, of a heart attack.    

Bostwick served as the linebackers and special teams coach at the University of Central Missouri during the spring of 2011.

Prior to his time at UCM, he spent four seasons as the offensive line coach at Colorado School of Mines where, in 2010, he helped the Orediggers to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference title and a berth in the NCAA Division II playoffs. He also coached a player who participated in the Cactus Bowl as well as four first-team all-conference selections.

A native of Omaha, Neb., Bostwick earned his bachelor’s degree from Northwest in 2005 and received his master’s in 2006. Bostwick resides in Maryville with his wife, Kelli who is also a Northwest alum, and their daughter, Geordynn.

Kenny GordonKen

Secondary/Special Teams
Office: (660) 562-1627

Ken Gordon enters his second season at Northwest as the secondary coach and special team’s coordinator.  Gordon, who also played at Northwest, returned to his alma mater after four seasons as the defensive coordinator at Emporia State.

In 2011 Bryce Enyard earned MIAA Freshman of the Year honors for his play at safety. Enyard was third in the MIAA in interceptions as the Bearcats ranked second in pass defense. The Bearcats also saw seven different players record in interception, led by Enyard with six.

His special teams squad ranked 17th in NCAA II in kickoff returns led by All-America Jordan Simmons. Simmons led the MIAA and was fourth in Division II averaging 30.8 yards per game on kickoffs. Tyler Shaw also ranked fifth in the MIAA averaging 24.8 yards per game.
Prior to his time at ESU, Gordon served as the defensive coordinator at Minnesota State-Mankato from 2005-2006 and Pierce Junior College in California from 2003-2004.  During his time as a coordinator, Gordon has coached seven All-Americans and 26 All-Conference players.

Gordon was a linebacker at Northwest in 1995 and 1996 and was a First-Team All-MIAA performer as a senior.  He was a graduate assistant at Northwest in 1998 and 1999, working with the linebackers, when the Bearcats won back-to-back conference and national championships.  He played at Blinn Junior College in Texas prior to coming to Northwest.

A native of Quitman, Texas, Gordon earned his bachelor’s degree at Northwest in 1996 and his master’s in 1999. Gordon resides in Maryville with his wife, Jessica and their children, Dominik and Addisyn.