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Air Force again stays within the family in hiring Knorr as a football assistant

By Brent Briggeman Updated: January 10, 2014 at 8:56 pm

Air Force football has once again stayed within the Falcon family as it announced the return of assistant coach Brian Knorr on Friday.

Knorr had spent the past three seasons as defensive coordinator at Wake Forest. He is an Air Force graduate and this will mark his third stint as a coach with the Falcons.

Questions remained about his specific job title and responsibilities.

"Brian Knorr is a tremendous addition to the Air Force Academy," said coach Troy Calhoun, a former teammate of Knorr's at the academy. "He's a fine mentor for young people and superb coach. We wanted another leader of character to join our program that would embrace the standards of the Air Force Academy, understand the dedication of our cadets, and have a proven coaching background of achieving groups and teams. We certainly welcome Brian, Julie, and their three kids."

To make room for Knorr, Air Force has moved Maj. Mike Walker to an opening in the physical education department and human resources after he spent one year as an assistant.

With Knorr replacing Walker, Air Force will still have 10 academy graduates among the 13 coaches on its staff.

It seemed possible that one of the staff's few non-Air Force graduates, offensive line coach and offensive coordinator Clay Hendrix, may be on the way out as he was considered for the head coaching position at the Citadel, but Mike Houston was named to that position on Thursday.

Aside from announcing that Knorr would take an undetermined assistant position, Air Force on Friday offered no hint of other plans with a staff of a team that ranked near the bottom nationally in most defensive statistics and went winless in the Mountain West during a 2-10 campaign.

Knorr employed a 3-4 style defense at Wake Forest, which is what the Falcons run. But there is no guarantee that Knorr's return will even be on the defensive side, as the former Air Force quarterback has experience both as a head coach (at Ohio University from 2001-04) and as a receivers coach at Wake Forest from 2008-10.

Knorr was a varsity assistant and junior varsity coach at Air Force from 1992-94, then spent 2005-07 in roles with the team that included position coach for safeties, outside linebackers and inside linebackers and a title as assistant head coach.

Knorr, who turned 50 in late December, had coached with the Demon Deacons under Jim Grobe, who resigned last month.

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