Brian Knorr is in his sixth season overall at Air Force and second since returning to the Academy in 2005. He returns back to coaching inside linebackers this year after coaching the Falcons and studs the past two years. In addition to his linebacker coaching duties he will also work with the kicking team specialists. This season marks his first as the assistant head coach and inside linebackers coach.
In 2005, he was nominated by the Academy Football program as their nominee for the NCAA Assistant Coach of the Year.
Knorr is a 1986 graduate of the Academy where he earned his bachelor's degree in management. He lettered three years for Air Force as a quarterback during one of the most successful times in Academy history. Air Force won 30 games during his three years as a letterman, the best three-year run in school history.
Following graduation, Knorr served in the Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio, before returning to the Academy as a captain in 1992. While at Wright-Patterson, Knorr earned his master's in business administration from Dayton in 1991. Knorr was the assistant offensive line coach, junior varsity head coach and administrative assistant to the head coach while at the Academy.
Knorr left the Academy in 1995 to become the inside linebacker coach at Ohio for former Falcon assistant Jim Grobe. He was elevated to defensive coordinator in 1999 and led the Bobcats' resurgence on the defensive front. Ohio ranked in the top five in the Mid-American Conference in scoring, rushing and total defense every year during his tenure. His 2000 unit was one of only five in the nation to hold opponents to less than 30 points in every contest. During this time he coached five different players that made first-team all-conference.
In 2000, Knorr was tabbed to replace long-time friend and mentor Jim Grobe as head coach at Ohio University. This hiring marked the first Air Force Academy graduate to be named a head coach at the Division I level. During his tenure as head coach, he coordinated the special teams to include a punt team that led the NCAA in punting in 2001. His tutoree, Dave Zastudil, was an All-American punter and current standout for the Cleveland Browns. He also coached seven players that went on to play in the National Football League. During his four years as head coach, Ohio had an 11-35 record, including a 4-7 mark with a win at Southeastern Conference foe Kentucky in 2004.
Affectionately know as "Sunny" when he was at the Academy because of his great personality, Knorr was born on Dec. 20, 1963 and is a native of Shawnee Mission, Kan. He and his wife Julie, a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, have a daughter Katie (11) and twins Reagan (8) and Brett (8).