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Defensive Coaching Staff

Mike Walton
Defensive Coordinator

Phone: 816-271-5941

Michael Walton was named defensive coordinator at Missouri Western in December of 2016. 

Prior to Missouri Western, Walton worked with Matt Williamson at Stephen F. Austin University as the special teams coordinator and safeties coach. Walton served as defensive coordinator at Angelo State, New Mexico Military Institute and Eastern New Mexico University. He also worked with corners and was the special teams and recruiting coordinator at Sam Houston State. 

Walton received a Master's in Sports Administration from Eastern New Mexico University in 2002 after receiving his Bachelor's in Education from Eastern New Mexico in 2000. 

Walton File
Stephen F. Austin University

-    Special Teams Coordinator / Safeties (2014-16)
Angelo State University
-    Defensive Coordinator / Secondary (2011-13)
New Mexico Military Institute 
-    Defensive Coordinator / Secondary (2010)
Sam Houston State University
-    Special Teams Coordinator / Recruiting Coordinator / Corners (2007-09)
Eastern New Mexico University
-    Defensive Coordinator / Linebackers / Safeties (2006)
-    Special Teams Coordinator / Recruiting Coordinator / Quarterbacks (2002-05)
-    Safeties (2000-02)


Justin Richter
Assistant Coach-Defensive Backs

Phone: 816-271-4472

Justin Richter was named defensive backs coach at Missouri Western in December of 2016. 

Prior to joining the Griffon Football staff, Richter served as a graduate assistant at the University of California-Berkeley where he worked with defensive backs. Richter also had coaching stints at West Texas A&M, University of New Mexico, Angelo State and New Mexico Military Institute. 

Richter received his Bachelor's in Sports Management from the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, Kansas in 2010. 

Richter File
University of California-Berkeley
-    Defensive Graduate Assistant (2016)
West Texas A&M University
-    Wide Receivers / Tight Ends (2015)
University of New Mexico
-    Defensive Graduate Assistant (2013-14)
Angelo State University
-    Defensive Graduate Assistatn (2011-12)
New Mexico Military Institute (2010)
-    Wide Receivers / Video Coordinator 


Scorpio Horn
Assistant Coach-Defensive Line

Phone: 816-271-4472

Scorpio Horn was named defensive line coach at his alma mater in December of 2016. 

Prior to joining the Missouri Western staff, the former Griffon defensive lineman was head coach at William Chrisman High School in Indenpendence, Missouri for three seasons (2014-16). Prior to becoming head coach at William Chrisman, Horn was defensive coordinator at Park Hill High School from 2009-13. 

The four-year letter winner on the defensive line at Missouri Wesern also worked as a business teacher in the Independence School District, an at-risk coordinator in the Independence School District and as a loan coordinator with the Metropolitan Community Colleges. 

Horn earned his Bachelor's in Business Administration from MWSU in 2005 before earning a Master of Arts and Teaching from Central Missouri University in 2016. 

Horn File
William Chrisman High School 

-    Head Coach (2014-16)
Park Hill South High School 
-    Defensive Coordinator (2009-13)


Steve Wright

 Bio Comng Soon!




Kedrick Harrison

Graduate Assistant-Defensive Ends


Kedrick Harrison enters his first season with Griffon football and will coach the defensive line.

Prior to Missouri Western, Harrison played under current MWSU head coach Matt Williamson at Stephen F. Austin. In his 47 SFU career starts, Harrison made 128 tackles, 63 solo tackles, 40 tackles for a loss and 21 sacks.  He also finished with nine quarterback hurries, five forced fumbles and four pass break-ups.  Harrison ranks fourth in career tackles for a loss and seventh in career sacks while earning 2016 All-Southland Second Team honors for the Lumberjack program.

A native of Cold Springs, Texas, he earned his bachelor's degree in Kinesiology  and will work towards a master's degree in Sport and Fitness Management at Missouri Western.