Dec. 31, 2010
Dorrel, Wright named coordinators
MARYVILLE, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State head football coach Scott Bostwick has announced that Bearcat special teams coach Richard Wright has been promoted to defensive coordinator and that Adam Dorrel has been promoted to assistant head coach.
Dorrel will continue in his capacity as offensive coordinator, a position he's held since 2007. The Bearcats have averaged more than 40 points per game three times and more than 440 yards of total offense four times in Dorrel's seven seasons.
"Keeping Adam Dorrel as offensive coordinator was our top priority," said Bostwick. "Adam has had some opportunities to be a head coach, but I'm thrilled to know he's going to stay a Bearcat. He's done a tremendous job with our offense both running and passing the football for years."
Fourteen offensive stars have been named All-Americans under Dorrel and three of the last four MIAA offensive MVPs have been Bearcats. A former All-American in his own right, Dorrel was a three-year captain for the Bearcats during his collegiate career as an offensive lineman from 1994-97.
After earning his degree from Northwest, Dorrel spent a year as a graduate assistant at Northeastern State in Oklahoma. He became a graduate assistant the following season back at Northwest in 1999 when the team won the second of back-to-back national titles.
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.
Wright has been both an offensive and defensive coordinator during his coaching career. Most recently, Wright was 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.
"This is what Rich has wanted to do and to get the opportunity to be the coordinator at Northwest is outstanding," said Bostwick. "The athletes love Rich. He's passionate, has amazing energy and is an outstanding coach.
"I'm going to continue to coach the linebackers, but Rich will coordinate and call the defense. He will stay with the defensive line, but will no longer be the special teams coach."
Wright is a 1995 graduate of Dana (Neb.) College. He was the tight ends coach at Northwest in 1995 and 1996 while earning his master's degree. Wright has also made stops at William Penn College, Central Methodist (now University), Dakota State University and Cortland State.
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