College Sports

Northwest Missouri stays in house with pick for new head coach

New Northwest Missouri State football coach Rich Wright.
New Northwest Missouri State football coach Rich Wright. Northwest Missouri State

Northwest Missouri State moved quickly to find its successor to football coach Adam Dorrel.

Rich Wright, the Bearcats’ assistant head coach and defensive coordinator, was announced as Northwest Missouri’s new coach at a news conference Monday at the school in Maryville, Mo.

“He is always very well organized, he is very passionate, very personable and definitely a motivator,” said Northwest athletic director and former football coach Mel Tjeerdsma. “He really has a great football mind more than anything else.”

Wright just completed his sixth year as the program’s defensive coordinator with Saturday’s 29-3 victory over North Alabama in the NCAA Division II championship. He’s been part of three NCAA championship teams as coordinator.

Wright, who earned his master’s degree from Northwest Missouri in 1996, joined the Bearcats staff in 2004 as defensive line coach and special teams coordinator. He had previous coaching experience at Cortland State in New York and Dana (Neb.), where he earned his undergraduate degree.

Dorrel was introduced on Monday as the new head coach at Abilene Christian, a Division I FCS school in Texas.

Blair Kerkhoff: 816-234-4730, @BlairKerkhoff