APPLETON, Wis. — Ryan Adamovich has joined the Lawrence University football coaching staff, head football coach Mike Barthelmess announced today.

Adamovich will serve as the special teams coordinator and coach the wide receivers, Barthelmess said.

“I am very excited about the addition of Ryan Adamovich,” Barthelmess said. “Ryan is a native of the Fox Valley area and will immediately make a positive impact on our ability to recruit the state of Wisconsin. Coach Adamovich brings a strong knowledge base and great enthusiasm that I am certain will be greatly appreciated by our scholar-athletes. His most recent experience at the University of Dubuque has developed in Ryan a work ethic that I know will benefit everyone in which he comes in contact with. I couldn’t be happier about the addition of Ryan to our staff.”

Adamovich comes to Lawrence from the University of Dubuque, where he was a graduate assistant coach in 2011 and 2012. Adamovich coached the running backs in 2011 when Dubuque won the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference with a 7-1 record and finished with a 9-2 overall mark. The Spartans earned a berth in the 2011 NCAA Division III playoffs for the first time in 30 years.

Adamovich, who earned a Master of Arts degree in communications from Dubuque, then coached the wide receivers for the 2012 season. During his two seasons at Dubuque, the Spartans posted an overall record of 14-7.

A native of Kaukauna, Adamovich was an All-Fox Valley Association football selection at Kaukauna High School. He served as the football team captain and won a pair of letters for the Galloping Ghosts. Adamovich also won three letters in track and field and played basketball at Kaukauna.

A 2010 graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran College, Adamovich earned a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in coaching. A standout wide receiver for the Warriors, Adamovich was a three-year starter and finished his career with 71 catches for 743 yards and six touchdowns. He was a member of the first football team at Wisconsin Lutheran, which didn’t have football until the 2002 season, to finish with a record above .500 in the Northern Athletics Conference.

Lawrence opens its 2013 football season when it travels to Cornell College on Sept. 7.