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Defensive Coordinator Richard Wright, entering his eighth season as a full-time Northwest assistant, has been promoted to assistant head coach.

July 11, 2011

Northwest football promotes coaches Wright, Flohr


Charlie Flohr

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State University head football coach Adam Dorrel announced today that defensive coordinator Richard Wright has been promoted to assistant head coach, and Charlie Flohr, who served as the Bearcats' quarterbacks coach, quality control and passing game coordinator, has been promoted to offensive coordinator.

Wright, who will continue his defensive coordinator duties, is entering his eighth season as a full-time Northwest assistant. The Bearcats are 87-14 (.861) with five MIAA championships and a national championship since he came aboard in 2004. He also was the tight ends coach at Northwest in 1995 and 1996 while earning his master's.

Wright, a 1995 graduate of Dana (Neb.) College, has been both an offensive and defensive coordinator during his coaching career. He was the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at St. Ambrose (Iowa) University from 2000 to 2004. During that time, the Fighting Bees won four straight conference titles and set the league record for consecutive wins. He also has made stops at William Penn College, Central Methodist University, Dakota State University and Cortland State.

"Coach Wright has been a huge part of the success of this program. He brought a toughness back to our football program that has paid big dividends in the national playoffs," Dorrel said. "He has worked his way up through the ranks. He was a GA, defensive line coach, strength and conditioning coach, special teams coordinator and now the defensive coordinator. He is a great teacher and a motivator and will help me with the day-to-day operations of our football program."

Wright and his wife, Sarah, a 1998 Northwest graduate, live in Maryville with their daughters, Grace and Kate.

Flohr served as a graduate assistant at Northwest during the 2002 and 2003 seasons following a four-year playing career at Dakota State University where he was a two-time honorable mention all-conference selection at wide receiver and graduated as the program's all-time leader in punt returns.

After receiving his master's in health and physical education at Northwest, 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.

"Coach Flohr has been an integral part of our offensive success since he arrived at Northwest," Dorrel said. "He has a great football mind and is dedicated to challenging our student-athletes to be the best they can be. He is hard working, loyal and organized, and he is continually striving to find new ways to make us better. These are all great qualities in an offensive coordinator."

Flohr and his wife, Amy, 2004 Northwest graduate, live in Maryville and have two sons, Adam and Austin.
Dorrel, who was the team's previous offensive coordinator and assistant head coach, will continue to call offensive plays for the 2011 season.

"We just feel that since training camp is just weeks away, this will be the best for our team," said Dorrel, who, as offensive coordinator, helped lead the Bearcats to an unprecedented five straight NCAA Division II championship appearances and the program's third national title in 2009.

Northwest opens its season at Truman State University with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff Thursday, Sept. 1, in Kirksville.

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