Keith Barefield begins his second
season at the helm of the Northwestern Oklahoma State University football
team. During his inaugural season of 2007, Barefield led the Rangers to an
8-4 overall record and to an undefeated 4-0 record in the Central States
After a two year absence from being
crowned the Central States Football League Champions, in just his first
season, Barefield guided the Rangers to their sixth CSFL title.
During 2007, he turned out 22 players
that filled 25 spots on the All-CSFL conference teams. In addition to
being named CSFL Coach of the Year, he produced the CSFL Offensive Player
of the Year in running back Thez Robinson and had the CSFL Special Teams
Player of the Year in kicker/punter Aaron Vermillion.
Barefield is a veteran coach who has
built successful programs at three different levels of competition.
A native of Eufaula, Ala., Barefield
came to Northwestern from Victoria Memorial High School in Victoria,
Texas, where he served as an assistant coach in charge of quarterbacks and
His greatest success came during a
19-year tenure at NAIA power Evangel University in Springfield, Mo.
Barefield served as an assistant there for nine years before becoming head
coach in 1988. The winningest coach at Evangel with a record of 66-33-2,
Barefield recorded eight consecutive winning seasons and made four trips
to the NAIA playoffs.
Barefield was the winningest coach at
any level in the state of Missouri during the 1990ís. His teams were
nationally ranked at some part of the year during each season he was head
During his tenure as a collegiate
coach, Barefield has coached 15 All-Americans and 10 Academic
All-Americans. He served as the President of the NAIA Football Coaches
Association in 1996 and was named as
the 1996 and 1997 Heart of America Coach of the Year.
A 1978 graduate of Evangel, Barefield
has the distinction of starting at fullback on the Crusaderís first
football team (1977). He held the rushing record for most yards per carry
in a game (10.8) for 16 years.
After graduating, Barefield worked
for two years at Cincinnati (Ohio) Christian High School as the athletic
director and as a Bible teacher. He returned to Evangel in 1980 as a
graduate assistant and was hired full-time in 1981. From 1980 to 1988
Barefield handled the offensive coordinator position and was the offensive
backfield coach. In addition, he was the assistant head coach in 1982.
Barefield earned his masterís degree in 1983 from the Assemblies of God
Theological Seminary in Springfield, Mo.
After his tenure at Evangel,
Barefield spent a year and a half as a financial consultant before heading
back into the coaching ranks.
Barefield was the head football coach
and athletic director at Cornerstone High School in San Antonio, Texas
from 2001-2003. While there, he was crowned the Texas State Champions in
2001 and 2003 and made the state playoffs all three years. While at
Cornerstone, he produced a 29-7 overall record.
Beginning in 2001, Barefield ventured
into professional football, where he was a regional scout for the Edmonton
Eskimos of the Canadian Football League until 2007.
Barefield was the head coach and
director of football operations for the Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings of
Arena Football 2 from 2003-2005.
Barefield resides in Alva with his wife Lisa. They
have four children: Billy (21), Leslie (20), Keith Jr. (19) and Bryan