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Adam Dorrel meets with Bearcat players in the locker room during the 2009 NCAA Division II National Championship game. Dorrel, who has been a part of the Bearcats coaching staff since 2004, will be the team's 19th head coach.

Adam Dorrel meets with Bearcat players in the locker room during the 2009 NCAA Division II National Championship game. Dorrel, who has been a part of the Bearcat coaching staff since 2004, will be the football team's 19th head coach. (Photos by Darren Whitley/University Advancement)

June 23, 2011

Northwest names Adam Dorrel head football coach

Updated June 24, 2011

Adam Dorrel

Adam Dorrel

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  • MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State University has announced that Adam Dorrel, the Bearcat football program's offensive coordinator and assistant head coach, will serve as the team's 19th head football coach.

    Dorrel, succeeds Scott Bostwick who died June 5 after suffering an apparent heart attack at his home. A news conference is scheduled at 10 a.m. Friday, June 24, in the Navy Room, located under the west grandstand of Bearcat Stadium.

    Listen to audio of the June 24, 2011, news conference to formally introduce Dorrel as the Bearcats' head coach.

    Dorrel, a member of the Bearcat coaching staff since 2004, takes over a program that enters its 96th season three wins shy of 500 (497-388-33) and owns a 46-game regular season winning streak against MIAA opponents. The Bearcats have made the NCAA Division II football playoffs 13 of the last 15 seasons.

    "It is an honor and privilege to be named head football coach at Northwest Missouri State University," Dorrel said. "I look forward to building on a proud tradition and fully embracing the tremendous responsibility that comes with leading this program. Our staff is excited about the challenges that lie ahead, and we look forward to watching the young men in our program grow and mature on the field, in the classroom and in life. It is our mission and goal to help them become the best they can be." 

    Said Northwest Director of Athletics Wren Baker, "Adam Dorrel has been an overachiever at every step of his career. Our offense has set productivity records and has been effective running and passing the ball under his leadership. He has been instrumental in the success of this program as an assistant coach, offensive coordinator and player. Most importantly, he is a leader of men. He understands this program was built with young men who are dedicated to being good people and graduating with their degrees. We are extremely proud to have him lead our football program."

    As offensive coordinator, Dorrel helped lead the Bearcats to an unprecedented five straight NCAA Division II championship appearances and the program's third national title in 2009. In his seven seasons as a full-time coach at Northwest, the Bearcat football squad is 87-14 (.861) with five MIAA championships.

    Dorrel's 2009 offensive unit was arguably one of the best in the 90-plus year history of Northwest football. The Bearcats averaged more than 42 points and 474 yards per game, and ranked in the top 10 nationally in four major offensive categories. Northwest was 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. In addition, 14 offensive stars have been named All-Americans under Dorrel and three of the last four MIAA offensive MVPs have been Bearcats.

    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 Bostwick was named head coach in December.

    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, who retired at the end of the 2010 season. 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 1997, 1996 and 1995. 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 two great uncles also played in the program during the 1940s.

    "I'm sure Bearcat Nation will be pleased to have Coach Dorrel carrying on the football tradition, strength and knowledge that binds our coaching staff," Jasinski said. "Coach Dorrel and his staff are united, just as previous staffs were under Coach Bostwick and Coach Tjeerdsma, and they are eager to move the Bearcat football program into a new era of excellence."

    Dorrel resides in Maryville with his wife, Erin, and their children, Samantha and Allie.


    For more information, please contact:

    Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
    mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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