Tim Knox
Tim Knox

Bainbridge Township, Ohio

Director of Football Operations

Second Season (2013)

Alma Mater:
Hiram College '97


Tim Knox Named Director of Football Operations

Knox Joins Illini after 15 seasons at Western Michigan

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Tim Knox is in his second season as the director of football operations for the Fighting Illini. He was hired to head coach Tim Beckman's first staff at Illinois on May 21, 2012.

In the role as director of football operations, Knox handles the logistical facets of team travel during the season, many aspects of the summer camps, and the logistics of Camp Rantoul, while also coordinating many of the team's community service efforts.

Knox came to Illinois after 15 seasons with the Western Michigan football program, including three as a graduate assistant (1997-99), one season as running backs coach (2004) and 11 (2000-03, 2005-11) seasons as director of football operations.

A 1997 graduate of Hiram College, Knox lettered four years at cornerback for the Terriers, earning All-Ohio Athletic Conference Second-Team honors in 1995 and 1996, and honorable mention accolades in 1994. He was also a two-time OAC All-Academic selection in 1995 and 1996.

As a Terrier, he also lettered as a member of the baseball team in 1996 and 1997 and acted as a student assistant coach with the men's basketball program for three years.

A native of Branbridge Township, Ohio, Knox is a 1993 graduate of Kenston High School, where he earned eight varsity letters in football, basketball and baseball. He earned a bachelor's degree in history at Hiram and a master's in sports administration from WMU in 1999.

Knox's father, Al, will enter his 48th year of teaching in Northeast Ohio when the 2013-14 school year gets underway. He has taught students who have gone onto great professional careers, namely movie star Halle Berry (Bedford HS) and LeBron James (St. Vincent-St. Mary HS) of the Miami Heat.

Knox and his wife, Danielle, were married in July 2013. They have one son, Caleb, and one daughter, Langley.

Knox Year-by-Year
Year School (position)
2012-Illinois (director of football operations)
1997-2011Western Michigan (director of football operations, 2005-11; running backs, 2004; director of football operations, 2000-03; graduate assistant, 1997-99)

Updated July 2013