American Football Database
Jim Knowles
File:Jim Knowles American football 2012.jpg
Current position
TitleDefensive coordinator
TeamOklahoma State
ConferenceBig 12 Conference
Biographical details
Born (1965-04-16) April 16, 1965 (age 57)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Playing career
Position(s)Defensive end
Head coaching record

Jim Knowles (born April 16, 1965) is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the defensive coordinator at Oklahoma State University. From 2004 to 2009, he compiled a 26–34 record as head football coach at Cornell University.

A 1987 graduate of Cornell, Knowles was a defensive end on the Big Red football team. He was elected to Cornell's Sphinx Head Society during his senior year, ultimately graduating with a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations in 1987.[1] Prior to receiving the head coach position, Knowles served as an assistant at Cornell, Western Michigan University and the University of Mississippi.

On December 28, 2009, Knowles was named the defensive coordinator at Duke under head coach David Cutcliffe. Knowles had previously served as linebackers coach under Cutcliffe while he was head coach at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) in 2003.[2]

On January 29, 2018, Knowles was hired as the defensive coordinator at Oklahoma State under head coach Mike Gundy.[3][4]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Cornell Big Red (Ivy League) (2004–2009)
2004 Cornell 4–6 4–3 3rd
2005 Cornell 6–4 4–3 T–4th
2006 Cornell 5–5 3–4 T–4th
2007 Cornell 5–5 2–5 7th
2008 Cornell 4–6 2–5 T–6th
2009 Cornell 2–8 1–6 8th
Cornell: 26–34 16–26
Total: 26–34
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.

Coaching Tree

Assistants under Knowles that became NCAA or NFL head coaches:


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