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            Adam Dorrel

            Head Football Coach at Abilene Christian University

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            Adam Dorrel, who recently completed his third season, was hired Dec. 19, 2016, as the 20th head football coach in Abilene Christian University program history, but the first to lead a team with an opportunity to reach the NCAA Division I FCS playoffs. On Sept. 16, 2017, he became the first ACU head coach since World War II to lead its football team in a permanent on-campus stadium when the Wildcats beat Houston Baptist in the inaugural game at Anthony Field at Wildcat Stadium. And on Nov. 10, 2018, he became the first ACU head coach in program history to lead a Wildcat football team to a winning season at the NCAA Division I level when ACU beat Sam Houston State, 17-10, in Huntsville to push ACU to 6-4 on its way to a 6-5 final record. The Wildcats finished the 2018 season with the first winning season at the NCAA Division I level in program history, the most wins in the Southland Conference at the Division I level (5-4 record), the first win over a top-15 team at the Division I level (28-12 over then-No. 11 Nicholls on Oct. 13), the program’s first win over Sam Houston State since 1983, and a 48-27 demolition of Southeastern Louisiana in Hammond, Louisiana, for the program’s first win in the Bayou State since 1973. Dorrel’s 2019 Wildcats were responsible for several additional firsts. On Sept. 21, they secured the program’s first-ever victory over McNeese, 17-10, at Wildcat Stadium, and in late October they won consecutive overtime games vs. Stephen F. Austin (31-24) and at No. 15 Nicholls, 37-31. ACU’s win over the Colonels was its first on the road vs. a top-15 FCS 上海快3开奖结果. At season’s end, the Wildcats had five players named All-Southland Conference, four tabbed to the Academic All-District Team and two named Academic All-America: Jack Gibbens and Josh Fink. Leading the team’s all-conference honorees were first-team awardees Jeremiah Chambers (LB) and Tracy James (RB). ACU’s rushing defense (138.5 yards per game) ranked 34th in the FCS and the team’s sacks (3.0) and tackles for loss (8.1) per game put the Wildcats among the top 10. Offensively, ACU cranked out 412.7 yards per game to rank 37th among all FCS 上海快3开奖结果s, claimed a fourth-down conversion percentage of .640 to rank 10th, and its 276 total first downs ranked it 20th. Making the Academic All-District Team were Gibbens and Fink in addition to quarterback Luke Anthony and Kade Parmelly. Overall, 20 of Dorrel’s players from the 2019 season were nominated for academic awards as the team finished the 2019 spring term with a 3.01 GPA. Before taking the ACU job, Dorrel spent six seasons leading NCAA Division II power Northwest Missouri State University, where he became the winningest active head coach at any level of college football. He was introduced as the ACU head coach two days after the 2016 Division II national championship game where his won its second straight national title and third under his watch with a 29-3 win over North Alabama. Dorrel is the first veteran collegiate head coach ever hired by ACU to lead its football program, which dates back to 1919. In nine seasons as a head coach, Dorrel has compiled a 89-29 record, a 75.4 winning percentage. Dorrel led the Bearcats to the Division II playoffs in all six of his seasons as the head coach and led them to 30 straight victories to end his tenure at his alma mater. He also was voted American Football Coaches’ Association (AFCA) Division II Coach of the Year in 2013, 2015 and 2016 when he led the Bearcats to national titles. Prior to being named head coach at Northwest Missouri State, Dorrel was the offensive coordinator for the Bearcats from 2007-10, four times facing ACU when the Wildcats were members of the Lone Star Conference. The teams split four games with the Wildcats winning the two regular-season contests and the Bearcats winning the two playoff games (2008 in Abilene and 2009 in Maryville). During that stretch, Dorrel helped the Bearcats to an unprecedented five consecutive Division II championship appearances and their third national title in 2009. Dorrel became the 19th head coach in Northwest history in 2011. In his 13 seasons with the Bearcats (2004-16), they recorded a 163-22 record and seven MIAA championships. After earning his bachelor’s degree from Northwest in 1998, Dorrel spent a year as a graduate assistant at Northeastern (Oklahoma) State University He returned to the Bearcats as a graduate assistant in 1999 when the team won the second of its back-to-back national titles. He completed his master’s degree at Northwest in 2000. Dorrel was an assistant coach at Dakota State University in South Dakota and William Jewell College上海快3开奖结果 in Missouri before being appointed offensive line coach at Northwest in 2004. He was the offensive coordinator from 2007-10 before ascending to the head coach’s job. He is a former All-America offensive lineman and three-year captain at Northwest. He graduated in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education, and earned his Masters of Science degree (health and physical education) in 2000. Dorrel also was a two-time all-district and all-conference lineman at his 上海快3开奖结果town Maryville High School. Dorrel and his wife, Erin, have twin daughters, Allie and Sam.