For the second straight year, Northwest Missouri State University assistant head football coach Rich Wright was named the 2015 FootballScoop Division II Coordinator of the Year. Wright, who helped lead the Bearcats to their fifth NCAA National Championship in 2015 as defensive coordinator, won the award in 2014 as well. He will be honored at the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Convention next week.
Northwest led the nation in scoring defense (12.3 ppg), rushing defense (59.3 ypg), third down conversion percentage defense (24.3 percent), team pass efficiency defense (87.81), team sacks (4.00) and total defense (224.0 ypg). The Bearcats also ranked second nationally in total interceptions (26), turnovers gained (42) and third in team tackles for loss per game (9.9).
Wright has been Northwest’s defensive coordinator and assistant head coach since 2011. He started as the Bearcats’ defensive line and special teams coordinator in 2004.