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Charlie Flohr

Charlie Flohr
Offensive Coordinator

  • Entering his 13th season at Northwest, sixth as an offensive coordinator and second as assistant head coach
  • Spent two years at Northwest as a graduate assistant coach
  • Works with Bearcat offensive units and quarterbacks
  • Graduated from Dakota State in Madison, S.D.

Charlie Flohr, widely regarded as one of the top offensive minds in NCAA Divison II, has led Northwest's offensive unit to an historic five-year run, capturing three national titles and four-straight MIAA titles. During his 12-year tenure as a Bearcat, the team has won four NCAA titles, captured nine MIAA titles, going 114-8 in conference play and appeared in seven national championship games.

Flohr saw wide receiver/returner Shawn Bane Jr., earn second team all-MIAA honors in 2017. Bane Jr. caught 51 receptions for 675 yards and six touchdowns. Bane Jr. tallied a team-best 913 all-purpose yards.

In 2016, Kyle Zimmerman, a fifth-year quarterback, paitiently waited his turn and did not disappoint. The Blue Valley, Kan., product finished second in the Harlon Hill voting, throwing for 3,763 yards and 37 touchdowns against just four interceptions. He was the MIAA Offensive Player of the Year and earned multiple All-America accolades. Northwest boasted the nation's top-ranked red zone offense at 96.2 percent. The 45.5 points per game ranked fifth nationally and the Bearcats were 12th in theNCAA with a 48.8 third down conversion percentage.

Northwest's 2015 national championship campaign featured an offense that ranked in top-five of 12 MIAA offensive categories. The team's 334 total first downs ranked second in the NCAA and the offense's 92.5 red zone scoring percentage was fourth nationally. Three Bearcats earned first-team All-MIAA accolades led by quarterback Brady Bolles who became the program's all-time leader in total offense (9,296) and pass attempts (1,011). Northwest's 41.4 points per game topped the MIAA and was the 10th highest average in the nation.

In 2014, the Bearcat offense finished the season ranked in the nation’s top-25 in four categories. Northwest averaged 34:07 in time of posession, ranking sixth nationally. The Bearcats also finished 12th in first downs (299), 14th in third down conversion percentage (47.9%) and 19th in rushing offense (229.4). Eight Northwest offensive players earned All-MIAA honors.

Flohr worked with senior quarterback Trevor Adams in 2013 during the Bearcats’ national championship run. Adams, who finished as the nation’s leader in passing efficiency, set career highs in passing yards with 3,065 and touchdowns, 30.

In 2012, Flohr’s offensive units led the MIAA and were ranked fifth nationally with a scoring average of 41.92 points per game. This was a follow up to the Bearcat’s record-setting offensive unit in 2011 that averaged more than 50 points per game during the regular season and shared the lead in total offense most of the season before finishing fourth at 495.07 yards per game. The MIAA leader in passing efficiency, Trevor Adams also finished ranked 11th in NCAA Division II as Northwest set the school record for points scored in a season with 681. The 681 points was also the second most in college football regardless of division and was surpassed only by NCAA Division I Houston.

Flohr served as a graduate assistant with the Bearcats in 2002 and 2003 and was placed in charge of tight ends. His first-full time position was with then-conference-rival Truman State University, where he served as the Bulldogs’ wide receivers and recruiting coach.

A native of Gillette, Wyo., Flohr is a 2002 graduate of Dakota State University in Madison, S.D., where he earned a degree in health and physical education and he earned his master’s at Northwest in 2003. 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.

Flohr resides in Maryville with his wife, Amy, who is also a Northwest alum, and their children Adam, Austin and Alec.



Joel Osborn

Joel Osborn
Wide Receivers / Recruiting Coordinator

  • Will serve as 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)

Joel Osborn enters his eighth season as the wide receivers and tight ends coach at his alma mater. Osborn has been at Northwest since 2004 as a player, graduate assistant and now coaching the wide receivers. In the last five years, the Bearcats have gone 64-5 overall and 49-3 in MIAA play, capturing four league titles and three of the last five NCAA national championships.

Since arriving at Northwest, the offensive side of the ball has seen unparalleled heights including a school record for points in a season in 2009 and breaking that record in 2011. In seven seasons on the sidelines, 12 wide receivers combined to earn 18 All-MIAA accolades and three All-America honors.

In 2017, Osborn had wide receiver/returner Shawn Bane Jr., earn second team all-MIAA honors. Bane Jr. caught 51 receptions for 675 yards and six touchdowns. Bane Jr. tallied a team-best 913 all-purpose yards.

After throwing passes to Jake Soy as a student-athlete, Osborn 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 as his position coach. Both of those marks set conference and school records as Soy 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 helping lead the Bearcats to four straight national championship games and four MIAA Championships. 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, a Northwest alum and former Bearcat track and field athlete, have three sons, Jack, Colin and Isaac. The family resides in Maryville.



Chad Bostwick

Chad Bostwick
Linebackers

  • 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.

Chad Bostwick enters his eighth season at Northwest as the linebackers coach where he was an All-MIAA linebacker from 2001-2004. In the last five years, the Bearcats have gone 64-5 overall and 49-3 in MIAA play, capturing four league titles and three of the last five NCAA national championships.

The Northwest defense continued to be dominating in 2017. The Bearcats ranked first in the nation in scoring defense (9.3 ppg), total defense (212.8 yards/game), blocked punts (7) and third down conversion defense (19.9 percent). Northwest limited the opposition to 62.0 yards per game on the ground. The Bearcat defense did not allow a rushing touchdown in 2017. In fact, Northwest was the only NCAA school to not allow a rushing touchdown all of last season - including FBS, FCS, Division II and Division III. Linebacker Ben Althoff earned first-team All-MIAA honors in 2017.

Jacob Vollstedt headlined a group of talented linebackers for the Bearcats in 2016. He was a first team All-MIAA performer and earned multiple All-America accolades, including being named the Don Hansen Gazette Defensive Player of the Year. Northwest boasted the nation's top-ranked run defense (67.7), scoring defense (12.0) and total defense (240.9).

The 2015 Northwest defensive unit led the nation in six categories and finished atop the MIAA in 15 categories. Brock Sherman and Vollstedt each earned first-team All-MIAA honors. Vollstedt finished the year with 122 tackles and 13.0 sacks, which would have set a Northwest single season record but was eclipsed by teammate Collin Bevin's 15.5.

In the past seven seasons, Bearcat linebackers have collected nine first team All-MIAA honors under Bostwick. Vollstedt, D.J. Gnader and Eric Reimer all earned first team honors in back-to-back seasons. Reimer was twice named an Academic All-America honoree.

In 2011, Bostwick coached Chad Kilgore, one of the most prolific linebackers in Northwest history. Kilgore, who was signed by the Oakland Raiders following his senior season, earned All-America accolades by every publication that covers Division II football.

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.

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.

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. The couple has two daughters, Geordynn and Ryleigh, and a son, Breck.



Brandon Clayton

Brandon Clayton
Assistant Coach - Defensive Backs

  • Joined coaching staff in January, 2015
  • Former Northwest All-MIAA performer and team captain from 2005-08
  • Worked as a graduate assistant at Northwest from 2009-10

Former Northwest Missouri State captain and All-MIAA selection Brandon Clayton joined the Bearcat coaching staff in January, 2015. He had previously spent four years at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, as an assistant coach.

The Northwest defense continued to be dominating in 2017. The Bearcats ranked first in the nation in scoring defense (9.3 ppg), total defense (212.8 yards/game), blocked punts (7) and third down conversion defense (19.9 percent).

Northwest limited the opposition to 62.0 yards per game on the ground. The Bearcat defense did not allow a rushing touchdown in 2017. In fact, Northwest was the only NCAA school to not allow a rushing touchdown all of last season - including FBS, FCS, Division II and Division III. The Northwest defense had three players named to the All-MIAA First Team including defensive back Marcus Jones.

Jones earned first-team All-America honors from the American Football Coaches Association. Jones tied a career-high with 15 passes defended in 2017, leading one of the nation's top ranked defenses. He becomes the 16th individual to earn AFCA All-America honors in Northwest history. In 12 games at cornerback, Jones recorded 33 tackles and 5.5 tackles for loss. He had one forced fumble and also recorded an interception.

In 2016, the Bearcat secondary boasted five All-MIAA honorees, headlined by All-America senior Kevin Berg. Anthony Lane was a second team honoree and Edward Richey was named third team. Safety Jack Young and corner Marcus Jones were honorable mention. Allowing just 173.2 yards through the air each game, the secondary ranked 16th nationally on the nation's top ranked scoring (12.0) and total defense (240.9).

The 2015 Northwest defensive unit led the nation in six categories and finished atop the MIAA in 15 categories. Cornerback Bryce Enyard and safety Berg each earned first-team All-MIAA honors while garnering All-America honors from multiple outlets. In all, the Bearcats led the MIAA with 26 total interceptions and led the nation with an 87.81 team pass efficiency defense.

While at Morningside, the Mustangs thrived both on the field and off the field. Defensive secondary and special teams players garnered 10 All-Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) honors while two earned AFCA First Team All-America accolades. In 2011, Colby Henderson was an AFCA All-America performer and was named the NAIA Defensive Player of the Year. Henderson was also named the GPAC Defensive Player of the Year. In 2012, Jared Goforth also earned AFCA All-America honors and was a Capital One Academic All-America performer. Punter Jordan Sitzmann was a All-GPAC performer who twice earned NAIA Scholar Athlete accolades and was an Academic All-America performer in 2013.

Morningside won four GPAC titles with Clayton on staff. In 2012, the Mustangs went 13-1 and advanced to the national title game. From 2011-14, Morningside has recorded 78 interceptions, 185 pass breakups and 19 blocked kicks.

As a player at Northwest, Clayton was a four-year starter and helped lead Northwest to four national championship game apperances. He was a three-time All-MIAA performer, earning second team honors as a sophomore and again as a senior. In 2008, Clayton earned third team all-region honors. For his career, he tallied 118 tackles, 22 pass breakups and four interceptions.

During the 2009 and 2010 seasons, Clayton worked with the Bearcat defensive backs as a graduate assistant. The 2009 team won the program's third NCAA Division II title.


Brandon Clayton

Mike Cunningham
Assistant Coach - Offensive Line

Mike Cunningham joined the Northwest Missouri State coaching staff prior to the 2017 season. Cunningham serves as the Bearcats' offensive line coach after spending 2015 and 2016 seasons at Winona State University as the Warrior's run game coordinator and offensive line coach.

While on staff, Winona State went 5-6 during the 2015 season and improved to 8-3 in 2016. In his first season in 2015, the Warriors allowed just 19 sacks, half of the 38 allowed the year prior to his arrival. In 2016, Winona State ran for 21 rushing touchdowns, surpassing the 13 scores in both 2015 and 2014. The team averaged 160.8 rushing yards per game, an improvement of nearly 37 yards per contest and gained 28 more first downs on the ground.

Prior to his time at Winona State, Cunningham worked with Nebraska football as an offensive staff assistant. He helped with game planning and scouting reports for the Huskers in 2014. In 2013 he served as the offensive line coach at the University of North Dakota. From 2006-12 he was the offensive line coach and running game coordinator at Minnesota State. He was also Concordia-St. Paul's offensive line coach during the 2004 and 2005 seasons.

Cunningham graduated from New Mexico State University in 2001 where he earned his bachelor's degree in Family Sciences. He is married to his wife, Andrea, and the couple has three children, Trevin, Alyssa and Alex.
 



Graduate Assistants

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