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Troy Morrell, Richard Scott, Brandon Misener

Troy Morrell
Head Coach, Butler Co. Comm. College

Why You Should Know Him:
Troy Morrell, in just about a decade, has gone full circle.

As a two-time high school all-state offensive lineman from Buhler, Kansas, Morrell continued his playing career at Butler County Community College. He earned all-conference and All-America honors with the Gizzlies in both 1990 and 1991. After briefly coaching at Thomas More Prep High School in nearby Hays, Kansas Morrell was hired to coach the offensive line at BCCC. Two years later he was promoted to offensive coordinator, helping the team to back-to-back national titles. He then was the first choice for the head coaching position when James Shibest left in February, 2000.

Since that time, the Grizzlies have won three consecutive Jayhawk Conference titles, 27 consecutive conference wins, own a 25-0 home conference record, and the 2003 National Championship. Morrell’s teams have a overall 42-6 record during that span. His first squad finished 10-2 in 2000 and finished sixth in the nation. The next year the Grizzlies lost to Georgia Military College in the title game. The following season they lost again in the championship contest, this time to Dixie College. The two teams met again in last year’s national title game with BCCC emerging victorious as Morrell was honored as National Junior College Coach of the Year.

Winning is not the only thing associated with Morrell’s football program. His players move on to higher levels of football, graduate on time, and are community oriented. His philosophy: Finish everything you do whether on the field, in the classroom, or in life.

You can reach Coach Morrell at

Richard Scott
Free-Lance Writer

Why You Should Know Him: Kansas City native and free-lance sports writer Richard Scott recently completed his first book now scheduled for publication in late August. According to Scott, “Legends of Alabama Football” brought his respect for the Alabama program to a new level. The most difficult part “was leaving out a lot of great players that deserved to be in the book but couldn’t be included because of space limitations.”

Scott received a degree in Journalism from Missouri in 1985, and graduated into a job as the Missouri football beat writer for the Columbia Daily Tribune. He covered Auburn and the SEC for the Birmingham Post-Herald (1989-1996) as a sports writer and has been a writer for American Football Monthly since 1995.

“I’ve been blessed throughout my career by having coaches take the time and teach me parts of their offenses, their defensive schemes, their overall philosophy,” says Scott. “I’ve been fortunate enough to attend tape sessions and see how an actual game plan is developed. Chan Gailey (now head coach at Georgia Tech) was especially helpful and, as a writer, I was able to realize how dedicated coaches are to their profession.”

“As a member of the media, I feel we have to do a better job of understanding the coaching profession and what goes into it. Likewise, coaches have to know that each member of the media has a responsibility to his or her readers, listeners, or viewers. There should be ways to educate each other.”

Scott will be in-and-around the Tuscaloosa campus this fall once the book is published.

You can reach Richard Scott at

Brandon Misener

Why You Should Know Him: What do you do when you keep searching for information and find very little about the subject no matter how much research you put into it? Throw your hands up? No... you start an exclusive web site on that subject.

That’s what Brandon Misener did four years ago. The creator and co-editor of, Misener searched the internet and found little information about Division II football. It prompted him to create an all-inclusive site where fans can find information relating to the site. After two years of preparation, Brandon contacted ShoalsWEB Internet Services in Florence, Alabama and is the result.

The results have been gratifying. Primarily spreading the information by word of mouth, the site started with less than 1,000 visits per day. This fall Misener estimates an average of 15,000-20,000 visitors a day. Says Misener: “There is more interest than ever before in our polls and the research we provide. Major newspapers call often wanting more information on a player, coach, or program.”

A graduate of Northwest Missouri State with a degree in broadcasting, Misener has worked in the media since 1990. He has been a regular contributor to American Football Monthly.

“Each year more and more members of the media become more aware of our site and our weekly polls. There are a number of D2 players in NFL camps each year and, as a part of our service, we provide information to pro scouts. We also have a sponsor-related affiliate program with the National Football League Coaches Association that has enhanced our image and credibility.”

You can reach Brandon Misener at


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