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2008 Ranger Football Coaching Staff

Keith Barefield
Head Coach

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 Football League.

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 receivers.

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 coach.

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 (22).


David Poinsett
Assistant Head Coach - Offensive Line

David Poinsett will begin his first season on the Northwestern coaching staff as the assistant head coach and also will be in charge of the offensive line.

Poinsett has spent the last three years in the business sector and will return to coaching with more than 20 years experience, including collegiate and professional levels.

Poinsett served two terms as a coach for the Macon Knights of the Arena Football League 2. During the 2005 and 2006 seasons, he was the assistant coach and in his first tenure in 2004, he was employed as the Offensive Coordinator. In between the Macon Knights, Poinsett was an assistant coach at Arkansas Tech University from 2004-05.

For four years, 2001-04, Poinsett was the head coach at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson, Miss. He also was an offensive line coach at two other colleges, including Mars Hill College (N.C.) for five seasons (1997-01) and from 1996-97 at Newberry College (S.C.).

A 1989 graduate of the University of South Carolina, Poinsett was named the teamís Lineman of the Year during the 1987 season, as well as being a member of South Carolinaís All-Decade team of the 1980ís.

He served as a student assistant at South Carolina during the 1988 season and followed in 1989 as a graduate assistant at Youngstown State University.

Throughout his coaching career, Poinsett has been an AFCA District III Representative, was a member of the Division II Assistant Football Coaches Committee and has been an active AFCA member from 1996-present.

Poinsett received his bachelorís degree in history and his masterís degree in social studies from South Carolina in 1995.

He resides in Alva with his wife Tonya and daughters Michelle (6) and Aimee (4) and son Sean (2).


Chad Adams
Assistant Coach - Defensive Coordinator

Chad Adams returns to Northwestern after a four year break and will serve as the Rangersí assistant coach and defensive coordinator.

Adams has spent the last two seasons as a defensive line coach, special teams coordinator and recruiting coordinator at Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College from 2005 until this past summer.

Before arriving at Fort Scott, Adams coached the outside linebackers and strong safeties at Central Missouri State University during the 2005 season.

In 2004, Adams was the defensive line coach at Coffeyville Community College under head coach and former Ranger linebacker and coach, Rion Rhoades.

Adams spent 2003 as a graduate assistant coach at Northwestern Oklahoma State and was in charge of the defensive line. He helped the Rangers to their third appearance in the NAIA National Championship game in just five years.

Prior to coming to Alva, Adams attended Fort Hays State University, where he played defensive end for a season and was an offensive lineman for three. He was a student assistant working with the defensive ends in 2001 and 2002 and earned a bachelorís degree in health and physical education from Fort Hays.

Adams received his masterís degree in education from Northwestern in May of 2004.


Shawn MeekShawn Meek
Student Assistant Coach

After a four-year playing career, Shawn Meek turns to the coaching ranks in his first season on the Rangersí staff. Meek will focus on the defensive line.

The Waynoka native garnered 36 tackles last season while playing in all 12 games on the way to earning second-team All-CSFL honors. He also had 9.5 tackles for losses of 40 yards.

During his career, he amassed 88 tackles, including 43 solo stops in 29 games played.

Meek graduated with a degree in health and sports science education with a minor in history and currently is working on a masterís in education.


Rod Gray
Student Assistant Coach

Rod Gray turns from the playing field onto the sideline, as he will begin his first season as a student assistant coach in charge of running backs.

Gray finished last season as the Rangersí second leading rusher with 854 yards on 198 carries and was named to the All-CSFL first-team. He averaged 3.9 yards per carry and scored seven touchdowns.

In his two-year career, he played in all 22 games and tallied 1,261 yards on 263 carries. He scored 13 touchdowns and averaged 57.3 yards per game.

Gray, from Atlanta, Ga., graduated with a bachelorís in health and physical education with a minor in psychology. He began coursework on his masterís in counseling and psychology.


Joel BurrisJoel Burris
Student Assistant Coach

Joel Burris moves to the coaching ranks after a season of playing for the Rangers.

Burris, from Oklahoma City, was an all-conference, all-district and all-city selection center while at Putnam City High School.

Burris also is majoring in health and sports science.


Aaron McGintyAaron McGinty
Student Assistant Coach

Aaron McGinty begins his first season as a Ranger coach after transferring from Tuskegee University.

McGinty played free safety for two seasons for the Golden Tigers and is a junior at Northwestern.

Originally from Atlanta, McGinty is majoring in health and sports science education.


Larry ParkerLarry Parker
Volunteer Coach

Larry Parker begins his second season as a volunteer coach for Northwestern. Parkerís primary focus is on wide receivers.

Parker served 30 years at Alva High School and was part of the football program from 1975-2005. He also coached boys middle school track and served two terms on the Oklahoma Coaches Association Board of Directors.

Larry and his wife Charla reside in Alva. They have three children and nine grandchildren.


Jesse GilchristJesse Gilchrist
Equipment Manager

Jesse Gilchrist begins his first season for the Rangers as the team's equipment manager.

Gilchrist, a native of Wakita, received his bachelor's in health and sports science education last May. He is working on his masters in sports management.

While at Wakita High School, Gilchrist earned 14 varsity letters in seven sports including: football, basketball, baseball, golf, track, cross country and powerlifting. He ran cross country for Northwestern during the 2003 season.

Gilchrist is a member of the Athletic Equipment Managers Association.