Northwest Missouri State University head football coach Rich Wright has added Ryan Gent as Assistant Head Coach – Wide Receivers/Director of Camps and Neil Novak as Assistant Coach – Secondary/Recruiting Coordinator to the Bearcat coaching staff. Gent previously served as a graduate assistant and Running Backs/Tight Ends Assistant Coach from 2014 to 2016, contributing to the team's two national championships in 2015 and 2016. Novak, who worked with the team's defensive backs and special teams as a graduate assistant in 2017 and 2018, was part of two NCAA Div. II playoff appearances.

By the Numbers
  • Gent played college football at Iowa State University from 2010-2013.
  • Novak coached the defensive line and defensive backs at Wayne State College, helping them win an NSIC title in 2022.
State of Play
  • Ryan Gent most recently served as offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach at South Dakota Mines.
  • Neil Novak coached at Wayne State College before joining Northwest Missouri State University.
Bottom Line

Ryan Gent and Neil Novak bring valuable coaching experience to the Bearcats, with a history of success in their respective roles. Their appointments signify a strategic move by Coach Wright to strengthen the coaching staff and enhance the team's performance.