Jim Knowles (American football)

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Jim Knowles
Jim Knowles American football 2012.jpg
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Defensive Coordinator
Team Duke
Biographical details
Born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Playing career
1983–1986 Cornell
Position(s) Defensive end
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Cornell (DL)
Cornell (RB)
Cornell (LB)
Western Michigan (DL)
Western Michigan (DC)
Mississippi (LB/RC)
Duke (DC)
Head coaching record
Overall 26–34

Jim Knowles is a former head football coach who is currently the defensive coordinator at Duke University. From 2004–2009, he compiled a 26–34 record as head coach at Cornell University.

A 1987 graduate of Cornell, Knowles was a defensive lineman 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 University under head coach David Cutcliffe. Knowles had previously served as linebackers coach under Cutcliffe while he was head coach at Ole Miss in 2003.[2]

Coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Rank#
Cornell Big Red (Ivy League) (2004–present)
2004 Cornell 4–6 4–3 3rd
2005 Cornell 6–4 4–3 4th-t
2006 Cornell 5–5 3–4 4th-t
2007 Cornell 5–5 2–5 7th
2008 Cornell 4–6 2–5 6th-t
2009 Cornell 2–8 1–6 8th
Cornell: 26–34
Total: 26–34
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates Bowl Coalition, Bowl Alliance, Bowl Championship Series (BCS) bowl, or College Football Playoff (CFP) game.
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.


  1. ^ "Jim Knowles". Cornell. Retrieved 26 August 2009. 
  2. ^ "Jim Knowles". Duke. Retrieved 28 December 2009. 

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