Chip Knapp
Chip Knapp
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 302-736-2363
Email: Chip.Knapp@wesley.edu
Year: 30th - 3rd as Head Coach

Chip Knapp enters his 30th season as a member of the Wesley coaching staff and his third as head coach in the 2020 season.

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 most prolific offenses in Division III football, leading numerous All-Americans, including 2015 Gagliardi Trophy winner and current Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Joe Callahan.

Knapp’s tutelage led quarterback Joe Callahan to the NCAA single-season passing record throwing for 5,068 yards and helped him to the Gagliardi Trophy.  In 2008, under his guidance, sophomore quarterback Shane McSweeny finished second in Division III in pass efficiency and was named the ACFC Offensive Player of the Year. That year, the team also finished 25th in scoring offense (35.1). Under his tutelage, the 2007 offense set school records with 3,237 rushing yards and 6,192 total yards. The offense ranked ninth in the nation in yards per game (476.3), 18th in scoring offense (35.9) and 20th in rushing offense (249.0). The squad also set individual game records for total offense and rushing yards.

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.

In his career at Wesley, 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 as well as Callahan, Sottilare, Warrick, Shane McSweeny, Jason Visconti and E.J. Lee to conference Player of the Year laurels.

"Wesley has been my home for the last 29 years and we will do our part to continue the tradition of excellence of developing student-athletes on-and-off field that Coach Mike Drass established," said Knapp when he was hired in May. "We want to give our players an experience that will enhance their relationships, academic progress and athletic success."

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, N.Y., 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.