Adam Dorrel has been a Bearcat all his life. When his opportunity came to lead his alma mater in 2011, Dorrel and the Bearcats did not miss a beat.
Dorrel was named Northwest head coach after the passing of head coach, and long-time assistant coach, Scott Bostwick on June 5, 2011. Bostwick never had the chance to lead the Bearcats onto the field after he was named head coach, following Mel Tjeerdsma’s retirement following 17 seasons at Northwest, a program that the two helped build.
Being one of the first players to start on the offensive line under Tjeerdsma in 1994, Dorrel continued the Bearcat excellence in his first season as head coach, returning the Bearcats to the playoffs for an eighth straight season, the longest current streak in NCAA Division II football. The Bearcats advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals, falling to the eventual national champion for the second season in a row.
In 2012, Dorrel’s defensive unit grabbed a nation’s best 28 interceptions and finished third nationally in turnover margin. The Bearcat defense also ranked among the nation’s leaders in scoring defense (second), pass efficiency defense (seventh), pass defense (12th) and total defense (17th). Offensively, Northwest continued to find ways to score points in large quantities, ranking fifth nationally with 41.92 points per game. This followed a 2011 season when the Bearcats led the nation by averaging more than 50 points per contest.
Prior to being named head coach, Dorrel was no stranger to Bearcat football or its expectations. He was the offensive coordinator at Northwest from 2007 to 2010, helping the Bearcats to an unprecedented five consecutive NCAA Division II championship appearances and their third national title in 2009. In Dorrel’s eight seasons with the Bearcats since returning in 2004, they have a 97-18 record and added five MIAA championships.
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 four times and more than 400 yards of offense per game six times in Dorrel’s six seasons as the offensive coordinator or head coach. In addition, 14 offensive stars have been named All-Americans under Dorrel and three of the last six MIAA offensive MVPs have been Bearcats. Jeremy Davis (’08), Brett Grozinger (’09 and ’10) and Cody Johnson (’11) have been named finalists for the Gene Upshaw Division II Lineman of the Year Award under Dorrel. At the time of printing, there were two Northwest players in the NFL who played for Dorrel. Travis Chappelear (’13) is a defensive lineman for the Dallas Cowboys, and Tyler Shaw (’13) is a wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Xavier Omon (’07) was originally drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL Draft and has played for the Seattle Seahawks as well.
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 Scott Bostwick was named head coach in December 2010.
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 International Federation of American Football (IFAF) World Championships in Japan.
Dorrel is a former Northwest All-American. He 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 1995, 1996 and 1997. 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 a great uncle also played in the program during the 1940s.
Dorrel and his wife, Erin, live in Maryville with their twin daughters, Allie and Sam.
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