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2007 Ranger Football Coaching Staff

Keith Barefield
Head Coach

Keith Barefield begins his first season at the helm of the Northwestern Oklahoma State football team. Barefield is a veteran coach who has built successful programs at three different levels of competition.

A native of Eufaula, Ala., Barefield comes 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 1990’s. 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 Crusader’s 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 master’s 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, who is the secretary in the Northwestern Division of Nursing. They have four children: Billy (20), who is playing football for Northwestern, Leslie (19), is attending Northwestern, Keith Jr. (18), who is a senior quarterback at Victoria Memorial High School in Victoria, Texas, and Bryan (21), who is a junior at the University of Texas - San Antonio.


Ivy Williams
Assistant Head Coach - Offensive Line

Ivy Williams enters his first season on the Ranger coaching staff as the assistant head coach in charge of the offensive line. This season will be his 33rd year in the coaching profession.

Before coming to Alva, Williams coached tight ends at Savannah State (Ga.), an NCAA I-AA school. Seven years prior (1994-00), he was the running backs coach at the University of Alabama.

Williams began coaching at Xavier (Ohio) as a graduate assistant where he played collegiate football from 1968-71. The three-year letterman, led his team in scoring and receiving. He was named a member of the Legion of Honor after serving as team captain for the Muscateers.

Williams’ first full-time coaching job was at Middletown (Ohio) High School. He left Middletown for the collegiate ranks as the running backs coach at Marshall University from 1974-75.

Williams has made several coaching stops, including numerous NCAA Division I schools and even time in the NFL. His coaching career includes jobs at Kansas State University (1975-77), New Mexico State (1978), University of Kansas (1979-81), Arizona State University (1982-84), the Detroit Lions of the NFL (1985-86), University of Akron (1987-88) and Texas Tech (1989-93).

While at Arizona State, he led the Sun Devils to the national lead in total offense and at Texas Tech, Williams led the Red Raiders to the South West Conference rushing and passing titles in 1992 and 1993.

Williams resides in Alva with his wife Barbara. They have a son, Courtney, who is a junior at Stillman (Ala.) College and daughter, Blair, who is attending the University of Alabama.

Coaching Experience
Season Organization - Coaching Position
2002-07 Savannah State University - Tight Ends
1994-00 University of Alabama - Running Backs
1989-93 Texas Tech University - Wide Receivers
1986-87 University of Akron - Wide Receivers
1984-86 Detroit Lions - Running Backs
1982-84 Arizona State University - Running Backs
1979-81 University of Kansas - Offensive Backfield
1978-79 New Mexico State University - Receivers
1975-77 Kansas State University - Offensive Backfield
1974-75 Marshall University - Offensive Backfield
1973-74 Middletown High School - Offensive Backfield
1972 Xavier University - Graduate Assistant

Clay Moose
Assistant Coach - Defensive Coord./Recruiting Coord.

Clay Moose joins the Ranger coaching staff for his first season and will serve as the defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator.

Moose came to Northwestern by way of Victoria Memorial High School in Victoria, Texas where he was a teacher and assistant football coach from 2005-06.

From 2004-05 Moose spent time working in professional football. In 2004, he was a regional scout for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League. He served as director of player personnel for the Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings of Arena Football League 2 from 2004-05.

Moose was in the capacity as a head coach at Rocky Mountain College, his alma mater, from 2001-03 and also was the head coach of the Tokai Bank Red Wave, a team in Japan’s X-League, from 1996-99.

His first coaching gig was at St. Cloud State University as a defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator during the 1991-93 seasons. Moose also was the defensive coordinator at Worcester Polytechnic Institute from 1993-96 and was the offensive coordinator at Mount Senario College during the 1999 and 2000 seasons.

Moose, a 1987 graduate of Rocky Mountain College, received his master’s degree in athletic administration in 1999 from St. Cloud State University.

He resides in Alva.

Coaching Experience
Season Organization - Coaching Position
2005-06 Victoria Memorial (Tex.) HS
2004-05 Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings - Director of Player Personnel
2004 Edmonton Eskimos - Regional Scout
2001-03 Rocky Mountain College - Head Coach
1999-00 Mount Senario College - Offensive Coordinator
1996-99 Tokai Bank Red Wave - Head Coach
1993-96 Worcester Polytechnic Institute - Defensive Coordinator
1991-93 St. Cloud State University - Defensive Backs Coach/Recruiting Coordinator

Jamie Rigdon
Student Assistant Coach - Defensive Line

Jamie Rigdon enters his first season on the Ranger staff and will be in charge of the defensive line.

Rigdon previously was the head baseball coach at NCAA Div. 1-AA Savannah State (Ga.) from 1995-2005. During his nine years, he turned in an exceptional 301-120 record. He is the all-time winningest coach in school history and from 1997-99 he was named SIAC Coach of the Year in addition to winning the conference title. He also served as an assistant football coach at Savannah State from 1999-00

Rigdon graduated from Savannah State in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in history and a minor in recreation special population. He lives in Alva with his wife Stacey and seven children: Wesley (12), Chandler (11), Hunter (8), Matthew (5), Chase (4), Iverson (2), and Sharrilynn (1).

Coaching Experience
Season Organization - Coaching Position
1997-2005 Savannah State University - Head Baseball Coach
2000 Savannah State University - Assistant Football Coach
1999-00 Savannah State University - Assistant Football Coach/Game Day Operations
1995-96 Savannah State University - Assistant Baseball Coach

Granison Wagstaff
Student Assistant Coach - Line Backers

Granison Wagstaff begins his first season with the Rangers and will coach the linebacking corp.

Wagstaff coached last season at Carroll (Tex.) High School, where he was in charge of linebackers. He was selected as a linebacker’s coach in the Max Emfinger All-American High School Bowl in Shreveport, La.

From 1994-1998, Wagstaff played linebacker and defensive end at the University of Alabama. The three-year letterman played in three bowl games including: the 1995 Florida Citrus Bowl, 1997 Outback Bowl and 1998 Music City Bowl.

Wagstaff graduated from Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1998. He is working on his master’s at Northwestern.

Coaching Experience
Season Organization - Coaching Position
2006-07 Carroll (Ala.) High School - Linebacker Coach

Travis Cole
Student Assistant Coach - Running Backs

Travis Cole begins his third season as a student assistant coach for Northwestern and will move back to coaching running backs after coaching quarterbacks last season.

He played two seasons at Northwestern in two separate tenures (2001 and 2004). Cole caught six passes for 93 yards and a touchdown in his Ranger career. During the 2002 and 2003 seasons, Cole was a fullback for Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

Cole, a native of Turpin, graduated in May of 2006 with a bachelor’s in health and physical education. Currently, Cole is working on his master’s degree in secondary education.

Coaching Experience
Season Organization - Coaching Position
2005-06 Northwestern Oklahoma State - Quarterbacks/ Running Backs