Wesley College Interim Director of Athletics Tracey Short recently announced the promotion of associate head coach and offensive coordinator Chip Knapp to the head football coach position after the passing of Mike Drass.
Knapp has been at Wesley since 1989. He spent two seasons as a defensive assistant before being promoted to offensive coordinator in 1991. He has built Wesley into one of the more prolific offenses in Division III football, leading All-Americans, including 2015 Gagliardi Trophy winner and current Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Joe Callahan.
In Wesley's current 13-year streak of NCAA Tournament appearances, Knapp has led Wesley to a top 50 offense and scoring offense 11 times, including the top offense in Division III in 2015.
Knapp has coached players to 48 All-American honors, 99 All-Region honors and 122 All-Conference awards. He led Callahan, Justin Sottilare and Chris Warrick to D3football.com Regional Players of the Year and Eastern College Athletic Conference Player of the Year accolades; and Callahan, Sottilare, Warrick, Shane McSweeny, Jason Visconti and E.J. Lee to conference Player of the Year laurels.
Knapp started his coaching career at the University of Kansas in 1987 and spent two seasons as an offensive assistant for the Jayhawks.
Knapp attended Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where he was a two-year letter winner at quarterback for the Big Red. Knapp received a bachelor's degree in economics from Cornell in 1987.