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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Jan. 17, 2006

Dorrel Promoted to Offensive Coordinator

MARYVILLE - Northwest Missouri State head football coach Mel Tjeerdsma announced today the promotion of Adam Dorrel to offensive coordinator. Dorrel, who has been on the Northwest coaching staff for the past three seasons, was the running game coordinator and offensive line coach in 2006.

"Dorrel did the work of an offensive coordinator last season and this promotion gives him more of a title he deserves," said Tjeerdsma.

The offensive duties were split in 2006 with Tjeerdsma calling the plays during games while Dorrel was in charge of the running game, and Charlie Flohr was the passing game coordinator. Tjeerdsma says that game-day responsibilities will not change next season with Dorrel's promotion.

"We won't change anything game day next year. I will still call the plays and Charlie will still be the passing game coordinator. Dorrel will now have the ability to be more in charge of everything that is going on with meetings and practice organization -- things that he has been doing the past couple years without the recognition."

Dorrel earned his bachelor's degree from Northwest in 1997 after playing for the Bearcats as an offensive lineman for four seasons. He was a first-team all-region and all-conference selection as a senior. He spent one year as a graduate assistant during the 1998 national championship season before spending time at Dakota (S.D.) State in 2000 and William (Mo.) Jewell from 2001-03.

Last season, the Northwest offense averaged over 400 yards per game (407.7) to rank 12th in the country in that category. In addition, the Bearcats were 11th in scoring offense (33.9 ppg), 23rd in passing offense (238.3 ypg) and 28th in rushing offense (169.4 ypg). There were four times in which Northwest scored over 40 points including a 59-0 thrashing over conference-newcomer Fort Hays (Kan.) State on Oct. 21. The Northwest offense posted more yardage than the opponent in 14 of 15 games last season.

The Bearcats lose just three offensive starters from a team to finish 14-1 overall and notch its second 14-win season in school history (1998 season went 15-0). Northwest, who earned the No. 2 ranking in the final AFCA Coaches Poll (Dec. 19), ended its season with a 17-14 loss to No. 1 Grand Valley State in the NCAA Division II National Championship on Dec. 16.

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