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A-Z Index

Coaching Staff

Rich Wright

Rich Wright
Head Coach

  • Guided the Bearcats to the program's 23rd overall and 15th consecutive NCAA Div. II playoff appearance in 2018
  • Named the 20th head coach of Northwest football on Dec. 19, 2016
  • Served six seasons as the defensive coordinator and assistant head coach
  • Joined the staff in 2004 as the defensive line and special teams coordinator.
  • 2014 and 2015 ProGrass Division II Coordinator of the Year
  • Team has won 10 MIAA titles, four NCAA titles and appeared in eight national championship games since 2004.
  • Since arriving at Northwest, the Bearcats have gone 182-28 overall and 137-14 in MIAA games.
  • Earned his master's degree from Northwest in 1996.

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Joel Osborn

Joel Osborn
Assistant Coach - Co-Offensive Coord./Wide Receivers

  • Named co-offensive coordinator in 2018
  • Works with Bearcats wide receivers and tight ends/hybrids.
  • Former Northwest quarterback (2005-08)
  • Only quarterback in Northwest history to start two national championship games (2007 & 2008)

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Chad Bostwick

Chad Bostwick
Assistant Coach - Co-Defensive Coord./Linebackers

  • Serves as co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach
  • Joined coaching staff in 2011
  • Was an All-MIAA linebacker at Northwest from 2001-04
  • Brother of Scott Bostwick, Northwest's 18th head football coach
  • Native of Omaha, Neb.

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Brandon Clayton

Brandon Clayton
Assistant Coach - Defensive Backs/Special Teams Coordinator/Recruiting Coordinator

  • Joined coaching staff in January 2015.
  • Named Special Teams Coordinator in 2019
  • Former Northwest All-MIAA performer and team captain from 2005-08.
  • Worked as a graduate assistant at Northwest from 2009-10.

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Brandon Clayton

Mike Cunningham
Assistant Coach - Offensive Line

  • Joined coaching staff prior to 2017 season

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Graduate Assistants

  • Neil Novak (DB)
  • Roberto Davis (DL)
  • Zach Martin (RB)
  • Derick Dow (TE)