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Joel Osborn has been a part of the Northwest program since 2004.

Jan. 10, 2011

Bostwick completes his staff

MARYVILLE, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State head football coach Scott Bostwick announced Monday that he has hired Joel Osborn to be his wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator and hired Ken Gordon to be his secondary coach and special teams coordinator. Both hirings are effective immediately.

In addition, assistant coach Charlie Flohr will add "quality control" to his list of duties which include quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator. Flohr had also been the recruiting coordinator since joining the staff in 2006.

"Both Joel and Ken both know and understand Bearcat football," said Bostwick. "They've both played at Northwest and been graduate assistants at Northwest. They know the deal."

Gordon was a linebacker at Northwest in 1995 and 1996 and was a first-team All-MIAA performer as a senior. He stayed at Northwest to earn his master's degree and was a member of the coaching staff when the Bearcats won back-to-back national championships in 1998 and 1999.

"Ken was a part of our first recruiting class when coach (Mel) Tjeerdsma and I arrived here in 1994," said Bostwick. "He's been a coordinator the last eight years and I'm thrilled to have him back at Northwest."

Gordon has served as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Emporia State University the last four seasons. Prior to that, he spent two years in the same capacity at Minnesota State University Mankato and two years at Pierce (Calif.) College.

Osborn won two MIAA championships as the starting quarterback for the Bearcats during the 2007 and 2008 seasons and led the Bearcats to two national runner-up finishes. Northwest was 12-2 in 2007 and 13-2 in 2008.

"Joel is a past player of the year, an awesome leader and a winner," said Bostwick. "He's done a terrific job as a graduate assistant and we are counting on him to do an awesome job with our receivers."

Osborn was the 2008 MIAA Most Valuable Offensive Player after throwing for 3,249 yards and 24 touchdowns. He threw for 5,501 yards and 54 touchdowns during his four-year career and remains the most accurate passer in program history (completed 67 percent of his passes).

Flohr served as a graduate assistant at Northwest during the 2002 and 2003 seasons following a four-year playing career at Dakota State University in South Dakota. After receiving his master's degree in health and physical education, he was hired at Truman State University where he served as the Bulldogs' wide receivers and recruiting coach for two seasons. Since his return to Northwest, the Bearcats are 65-8 and 45-0 in MIAA play.

"Charlie was the last piece of the puzzle for me," said Bostwick. "He wants to be a head coach and I hope to help him achieve that goal. He'll assist me in all of the administrative duties of a head coach - budgets, equipment, apparel and NCAA Division II items. He's excited to do it and he wants to do it."

Bostwick was named Northwest Missouri State's 18th head football coach in late December. He succeeds Mel Tjeerdsma, who announced his retirement in December following 17 seasons. Bostwick has served as Tjeerdsma's defensive coordinator since the duo's arrival in Maryville back in 1994.


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Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics
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